Landmark Colors:  The Great Barrier Reef

Landmark Colors: The Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of roughly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometers (1,616 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (132,974 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia, and can be seen from space.

large orange seafan   

From jellyfish to whales and a wide variety of fish, the reef supports such a diversity of life, including many rare, endangered species. The reef has skeleton deposits dating back half-a-million years, but among these deposits lives a world of colour. Coral alone can be from red to blue, and even white. Despite its stone appearance, coral is actually alive and growing. Corals have been growing in the region for as long as 25 million years, but have not always formed coral reef structures. Four-hundred species of corals, both hard corals and soft, are found on the reef.

Colorful Sea Life of the Great Barrier Reef

More than 1500 species of fish live on the reef, including the Clownfish (below), Red Bass, Red-Throat Emperor, and several species of Snapper and Coral Trout.

clownfish pair in anemone
Clownfish Hiding  Me the Anemone

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The Colors of Cancer in Science and Support

The Colors of Cancer in Science and Support


Just as the breath of someone who has had too much to drink reeks of acetone, the breath of someone with lung cancer reeks too... Except humans can't smell the cancer... But machines might be able to. A group of US scientists based in the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, have devised a test that hopes to become an inexpensive solution to an otherwise $1200 series of tests.

Connecting the Dots - Cancer in Color

lung cancer breath test sensor   

This tiny square, about the size of a quarter, has thirty-six dots of different colours. These colours are actually specifically allocated receptors for different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which are produced when cancerous tumours are in the lungs. These compounds are produced because the presence of cancer actually changes metabolism in the lungs, and different chemicals are exhaled.

Naturally, it is true that passing breath over the test will yield results -- as there is a very chemical process involved -- the difference is in the colors. While sometimes there may not even appear to be a change, a machine that will later read the dotted card will reveal the results, and the test has shown 'moderate accuracy' by correctly diagnosing nearly three-fourths of every tested patient. To tell the difference, the sensor array's 36 chemically sensitive spots were converted to numerical values for the change in red, blue, and green components.

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Color Inspiration: 90+ Yellow Color Palettes

Color Inspiration: 90+ Yellow Color Palettes


Continuing on from our 130 Green Palettes, and since we're getting towards the end of our sunny summer... We looked through tons of great lover created palettes to bring you more than 90 yellow color palettes to help you share the last bit of summer color love. Some have lots of yellow... some have hints of yellow...

fuseboxinsides lemon pop

'Sup Buttercup? occupied in the day

Yellow Knight Summer Light

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Color Inspiraton from Coffee and Tea

Color Inspiraton from Coffee and Tea


There is a very clever mug that has been popping up on all my favorite sites lately (Neatorama, swissmiss, Gizmodo ). The MyCuppa "mugs to help you mix your favourite brew to just-how-you-like-it by matching the colour guide on the inside. Available in Tea or Coffee styles."

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20 Coffee & Tea Color Inspired Palettes

Coffee House Ponders iced coffee and spri

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Colorful Commercial Work by Chuck Anderson

Colorful Commercial Work by Chuck Anderson


Chuck Anderson is a very talented artist who creates colorful peices of art for some major clients and brands. He is one of the designers helping big company brands to embrace colorful designs. I've been watching Chuck for a while now and recently Smashing Magazine a great online design resource featured his work in Creativity Spark From Masters Of Illustration.

Just by looking at part of Chuck's impressive client list, we can see how big business is embracing big color... (Absolut, Adidas, Atlantic Records, Bacardi, Burton, Computer Arts, Dolce & Gabbana, ESPN Magazine, Fall Out Boy, Helio, Inc. Magazine, Microsoft, Nike, Nokia, NYLON Magazine, Pepsi, Reebok, Rolling Stone, Sony, Vans, Virgin Records, Warner Brothers Records, Wired Magazine)

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Colors of Religion:  Christianity

Colors of Religion: Christianity


Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. They are named 'Christians' for their belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament, which is the first part of the Bible, and they see the New Testament, the second part, as the record of the Gospel that was revealed by Jesus. Throughout the Christian Scriptures color is used in descriptions, and looking at the recurring themes supplies a better understanding and insight to the principles of the religion.

black silhouetted tree   

Black has a powerful association with the negative aspects of human experience. Death, plagues, famine, disease, mourning, and sorrow all fall under black in description, whether it be the encroaching pestilent clouds or the ruin left behind. This is met with one exception pertaining to good health, which uses black to describe hair colour. Primarily, however, it is the colour of sin and judgment.

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The Colors and Tastiness of Chocolate

The Colors and Tastiness of Chocolate


Chocolate is a favourite treat for so many. It’s been called incredibly addicting and better than sex. Coming in the form of bars, truffles, and even drinks, chocolate has become the keystone in a sweettooth’s diet. Chocolate itself, milk or dark, has a wonderful range of rich browns. Sure, chocolate has vanilla in it, but what on earth is white chocolate?

The Other White Chocolate

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Colors of Religion:  Buddhism

Colors of Religion: Buddhism


The most prominent colour concept in Buddhism is that of the rainbow body, which is the highest level of meditative achievement wherein the body is transformed into pure light. The rainbow body is the highest achievement other than Nirvana, which is the essential end-goal for Buddhists. Since the "pure light" on the spectrum contains all colors, and is white, to possess a rainbow body means to possess all colors, and to do some means meditating on colors that embody specific teachings.

The Representative Colors in Buddhism

The principle colors involved in Buddhism are Blue, Black, White, Red, Green, and Yellow, and each -- except for Black -- are aligned to a specific Buddha.

row or turquoise stones

Associated with the Akshobhya Buddha and the healer 'Blue Buddha,' Blue represents tranquility, ascension, the infitine, purity, and healing. Over all, the colour represents wisdom, but light and dark blue have different meanings. The light blue that Buddhists meditate upon is said to be no better represented than by turquoise. It speaks of the limitless heights of ascension, but it is opaque as earth, holding the wisdom of the earth and sky within it. Simultaneously, it embodies the duality of living and dying. This colour change this stone undergoes -- from light exposure or skin oil -- is thus a reminder of human life. Wearing the stone is thought to give the wearer long life, and it is believed to absorb sin.

The dark blue is represented by lapis lazuli. For some time, lapis lazuli surpassed the diamond in value. The stone is a representation of all things pure and rare. The finest of the stones are visually comparable to the night sky alive with stars, and can be polished to possess high reflective quality. Where turquoise promises a safe journey and long life, lapis lazuli is considered a stone of great healing power, used when internal bleeding or inflammation has occurred, and to quell nervous conditions.

lapis lazuli stone necklaces
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Text Color Brain Teaser

Text Color Brain Teaser


Phillip Miller Eberz over at OjoHaven.com found this fun little color and text brain teaser posted on a middle school wall in Texas... He took the brain teaser and created a page that reloads a new assortment of colors and words on every refresh of the page. We created an example of the brain teaser below.

How far can you get without messing up?

This is based on a little brain teaser i found posted on a wall at Murchison Middle School, in Austin, Texas, USA. The point is to say the name of the color of each word, and not the color named by the word. So if you saw Blue you would say "Red". I strongly recommend you do this aloud in front of someone who can see the page and check you. You're likely not to notice when you make a mistake.

 

White Yellow Purple Red Gray Yellow Blue
Orange Pink White Red Gray Red Gray
Blue Purple White Blue Green Blue Orange
Blue Green Red Gray Green Yellow Orange
Pink White Orange Green Orange Green Pink
Yellow Blue Gray Green Red White Blue
Orange Blue Green Gray Blue White Purple
Orange Green Purple Orange Pink Blue Orange
White Red Green White Gray Pink White
Orange Red Purple White Purple White Purple

 
 
Click over to the The ColorText Brain Teaser to reload a new set of colors and words.

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Colored By the Many Folds of Washi

Colored By the Many Folds of Washi


Whether making one of a thousand paper cranes, blocking out the sun, or obscuring vision as panes in sliding shoji doors, washi is an incredibly flexible a type of paper used by the Japanese. Before going into it's extremely particular process involving winter's cold water, washi paper is made from rice or trees, and is impressive enough just on the surface with the patterns and colours chosen.

washi gift boxes   

From artistic creations to clothing, washi finds a home just about anywhere. While function seems to be the focus, the tougher-than-ordinary paper has worked its way into the pass-time that almost everyone knows -- origami. Origami came from the Chinese zhe zhi, but the most important thing is that both mean 'paper folding' as a whole, not a specific style. Typical origami paper comes in innumerable patterns and colours, from vibrant and busy to muted and solid. The largest origami crane had a wingspan of 78.19 m (256 ft 6 in). It was folded at the Odate Jukai Dome in Odate, Maebashi, Japan on 20-21 January 2001.

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