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History & The Arts
Today, the world’s dyestuffs industry produces around 500,000 tonnes of synthetic dye each year. It’s come a long way since William Henry Perkins discovered mauve.
Science, Maths & Technology
Did you know your black biro isn't black and your green felt tip isn't green? Don't believe this? Try this chromatography experiment.
Ever wondered why some stars appear slightly blue and others red? Looking at the life cycle of a star will explain why...
The short answer is that they weren't - but there's a lot more to it than that. Kevin Hunt explains.
Striped ponies and tuxedo cats might look gorgeous - but the mutation is a mild form of a much more serious cellular defect...
Money & Business
What does a t shirt have to put up with in daily life and how do colours survive the wash? Andrew Filarowski, Deputy Chief Executive of the Society of Dyers and Colourists, takes a look at colour fastness.
The look and feel of a t-shirt is important to consumers, and there are some key methods used to ensure that they are appealing. Andrew Filarowski explains what these entail.
Different colours can hold various connotations in culture, language and society. Delve through our range of colours exploring colours and what they mean.
Go beyond the rainbow in this OU/BBC series that delves into colour, how it works and how it has written the story of our planet.
Are bones and teeth always white? Not always...
What purpose do different colours serve in religious paintings? Dr Angeliki Lymberopoulou explores...
What does 'rire jaune' or 'avoir un bleu' mean? Learn French idioms that use colour to convey a particular mood or impression of a person or situation.
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