A Code for the Colour-blind: ColorADD

Try to imagine being unable to distinguish green from blue. What impact would this have on your daily life? For the colour blind, simple things like crossing the street, shopping for clothes or navigating the tube can become extremely complicated. However, this may now be aided by something known as ColorADD. ColorADD is a colour […]

Science Behind the Photo #40

The Colour of Leaves Across the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, deciduous trees are pushing out bright green new leaves that unfurl from buds like verdant moths thrust slowly from winter cocoons. The green colour of these new leaves is, of course, due to the pigmentation of chlorophyll. In green plants, chlorophyll molecules absorb […]

Fish Go GaGa For Ginger Gene

  There may be plenty of fish in the sea but the medaka knows what it likes. A single gene mutation that causes the Japanese Killifish to be born a drab grey colour has proved to be a turn-off to members of the opposite sex. By over-expressing the ‘ginger gene’ in the medaka ‘super attractive’ bright […]