Today’s article lends a great deal of color to MyScienceWork. This week marks the anniversary of MyScienceNews, AKA the former MyScienceWork blog. For two years, we have been digging through the news, shaking, squeezing and turning it upside down to find some really original stories to share. The interns at MyScienceWork have taken this opportunity to revisit their favorite articles. From fear, to colors, to addictions, a whole menagerie of themes awaits you…
To celebrate the second anniversary of MyScienceNews, the team’s interns decided to dig into the archives. Scientists often chase rainbows, and MyScienceWork is always ready to support them. Our selection for today’s colorful article looks at Christmas, dinosaurs, and dark matter.
Don’t be so blue… Let MyScienceWork cheer you up! - Stevendepolo
Why do we decorate with red and green at Christmas? MyScienceWork provides a pretty surprising answer based on the hypothesis of the chemist Spike Bucklow. Red and green would appear to make reference to the colors of medieval rood screens in churches, a partition that separates the choir from the nave. The association of colors might mark a turning point between the end of the year, and the beginning of a new year.
Medieval Roots for our Christmas Colors? The Meaning of Red & Green, Abby Tabor, December 2011
New technologies today make it possible to study the pigments of prehistoric fossils without damaging them. By comparing bird fossils with those of dinosaurs, scientists were able to establish a colorimetric profile for some. Did Spielberg have the right idea of what dinosaurs looked like when he made Jurassic Park? Read the article (in French) and get the answer!
“De quelle couleur étaient les dinosaures ?”, Laurence Bianchini, July 2011
The universe is expanding. Dark matter and dark energy, are defined as the contents of the void created. The ESA mission Euclid will make it possible by 2020 to explore this unknown matter. In the meanwhile, all bets are off: what will scientists discover in this dark side of the universe? Don’t black out, and read our article (in French).
Euclid et le mystère de l'énergie noire, Laurence Bianchini, December 2012
Can you imagine what life would be like in black and white? Neither can we. Science is rigorous, but it is not bleak… On the contrary, it is rich in color, as we have proved today with our selection of favorites. Tomorrow, our next article will come out of the blue: our compilation of articles about insects will make you bug out!