Hair dyeing poised for first major transformation in 150 years
Technological progress may be fast-paced in many fields, but one mundane area has been almost left in the doldrums for the last 150 years: The basic technology for permanently coloring hair. That's the conclusion of an analysis ...
Evolution in action: Observing a split in the butterfly family tree
Larry Gilbert got hooked on observing butterflies when he was a just a kid.
Agouti gene may generate patterns from stripes to spots in vertebrates
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Harvard University are moving closer to answering some age-old questions. How did the leopard get its spots? How did the zebra get its stripes?
Skin color: Handy tool for teaching evolution
Variations in skin color provide one of the best examples of evolution by natural selection acting on the human body and should be used to teach evolution in schools, according to a Penn State anthropologist.
Researchers solve color mystery of blue-feathered penguins
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from The University of Akron and their colleagues have made an out-of-the-blue discovery.
Forensic test to identify hair color from DNA
Watch out would-be criminals, because new tools are on the way that could make crime pay even less. A group of European researchers has laid the foundation for a test that can identify hair color from DNA ...
Color-changing bacterium inside the pea aphid
A bacterium that can live symbiotically inside the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum, is able to change the insects body color from red to green, a RIKEN-led team of molecular entomologists has found. Becaus ...
Do synthetic food colors cause hyperactivity?
Food coloring is the reason glace cherries are red rather than beige and that children's tongues sometimes appear freakishly blue. But man-made dyes may do more than make processed food look vibrant and whimsical. Some blame ...
Consumers prefer products with few, and mostly matching, colors
Most people like to play it safe when combining colors for an article of clothing or outfit, a new study suggests.
Hair color of unknown offenders is no longer a secret
The hair color of an unknown perpetrator who has committed a crime will soon no longer be a secret for forensic investigators. Erasmus MC scientists, in collaboration with their Polish colleagues, have discovered that DNA ...
New e-reader Nook Color offers alternative
The switch has finally been flipped, giving e-book lovers a compelling option to enjoy books, magazines and newspapers in full color on a dedicated e-reader.
Scientists find that in the evolutionary mating game, brawn and stealth rule
When prowling for a hook up, it's not always the good-looker who gets the girl. In fact, in a certain species of South American fish, brawn and stealth beat out colorful and refined almost every time.
The role of color in animal courtship uncovered
Researchers at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute are one step closer to unlocking the role of color in animal courtship rituals after identifying a unique feather structure in birds of paradise.
Playing with building blocks of creativity help children with autism
In an attempt to help children with autism learn the building blocks of creativity, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) tapped a toy box staple for help legos. By building lego structures ...