Bedroom Redecorating Just Got Easier Because Bed Bugs Have Color Preferences

People who live in bedrooms with color schemes favored by seedy bachelors and Hot Topic-loving teens may have yet another reason to redecorate: bed bugs.

According to new research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, the loathsome fuckers prefer to hide in shelter that’s colored red and black. Greens, yellows, and whites, on the other hand, seem to turn them off, so if you like Easter-themed and/or vomit-colored decor, you’re probably in the clear.

Source: Bedroom Redecorating Just Got Easier Because Bed Bugs Have Color Preferences

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth in the spots they hide. It gets in their joints and cuts through their carapace. They bleed out and die. The same control method is used on pesticide resistant squash bugs. There’s no reason it shouldn’t work on bedbugs.

Why Are We Turning Our Favorite Foods Into Rainbow-Colored Nightmares?

Recently, it seems like food dye is making a comeback in a big way, and not just one dye—all of them. Rainbow colored bagels, grilled cheeses, pizzas, and even lattes have circulated the internet as the latest food trend. Is it just harmless novelty, or is there more to these culinary monstrosities?

Source: Why Are We Turning Our Favorite Foods Into Rainbow-Colored Nightmares?

There’s no artificial color involved, that’s the natural color of unicorn poop.

It’s fun to do something like this once in a while, but I think the article looses sight that it’s a treat.  It provides variety, and we have seasonal things for various things.

How Colour Changes What We Taste

If you don’t like the wine you’re drinking, don’t buy a new bottle; just change the lighting. Research suggests that the taste we perceive is about more than just taste and even smell. Color can change the taste of food.

Source: How Colour Changes What We Taste

I’d discussed something similar with co-workers, about brain tricks where we assume things based on learned patterns.  For example – what colour are these: blue, green, black.  The topic came up because of a riddle that was posted in the lunch room:

You’re in a room with two other people, a display, and a locked exit.

  1. The display reads “12”, and the first person faces the display to say “6”.  The door opens to allow the first person out.  Once the person left, the display changed to “6”.
  2. The second person gets up to face the display to say “3”.  The door allows the second person out, and the display updates to read “3”.
  3. It’s your turn, so you face the display to say “1.5”.  The display informs you that you are incorrect.

The answer lies in the number of letters in the written form of the number:

  1. 12 = twelve, which is 6 characters…
  2. 6 = six, which is 3 characters…

A key part of the riddle was to list the numbers in numeric format, because written would visibly present the answer.

Kitchen Science: What’s the Difference Between Brown and White Sugar?

We know that, scientifically speaking, brown sugar makes better song lyrics than white sugar, but what is the actual chemical difference between the two? Learn why brown sugar clumps up, how you can unclump it, and what it’s good for.

Source: Kitchen Science: What’s the Difference Between Brown and White Sugar?

It’s interesting how important an ingredient can be to a recipe.  Cooking is an art, but baking is science (for hungry people™).

Don’t be fooled – organic white sugar is still just as “processed” as white sugar.  “Organic” only means how it is farmed, not processed.

This Is How Bleached Flour Changes The Taste of Your Cakes

You’ve seen labels advertising “unbleached” flour. Few labels announce that their flour is “bleached,” but that’s exactly what happens to most white flour. It’s not just about the color, though—it’s an actual chemical change. Here’s how it works and why your cakes just wouldn’t taste the same without it.

Source: This Is How Bleached Flour Changes The Taste of Your Cakes

Baking is easy to get wrong because it is really just particularly finicky applied organic chemistry.  Cooking is an art. Baking, a science.

Why It’s Sometimes Okay to Eat Chicken That’s Pink After Cooking

Here’s the situation: your thermometer reads 165°, but that meat still looks pretty darn pink. What do you do? According to the USDA, looks can be deceiving.

Source: Chicken Still Pink After Cooking?  Don’t Panic

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Just eat it and let’s not be… chicken.

Study: Color Isn’t Always About Sex

When it comes to birds, males—with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays—tend to get all the attention. But for many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival.

Source: Color Isn’t Always About Sex, Study Finds

Dull colors of females often aids in camouflage when raising young on the nest.

With respect to people, colours have a different meaning.  For example, red is considered a colour of attraction in North American culture – but in Asia, that colour would be green.  The colours that indicate good/bad or life/death are reversed when you compare North American to Asian.  Bad characters in Asian culture wear white…  Blue however consistently polls as “calming, soothing, and trustworthy” – to the point that Microsoft patented the “Microsoft blue”.  I wonder if the association comes from water and/or sky?

For a time, professional sport used colour to intimidate the visiting team.  As the story goes, this was done by painting the visitor change room pink.  In practice, it’s disconcerting initially and eventually wears off – you get desensitized.  But the professional league cracked down on the practice, enforcing that vistor and home team change rooms had to be the same colour.  Similarly, colour has been used in hospitals with the intention to influence mood.

Remember than peacocks are male.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a peahen, or peachicks.  Maybe it’s like female dwarves in Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, or female Krogan in Mass Effect?  😉

Scientists Have Worked Out How Chameleons Change Color

Chameleons are famous for their colors that come and go (oops, did we just get that song stuck in your head?). But how do they actually manage to completely change color in mere minutes?

A new study published in Nature Communications shows that the answer is in a lattice of nanocrystals found just under a chameleon’s skin.

Source: Tiny Crystals Are The Secret To Chameleon Color Change

Contrary to popular belief, chameleons do not change color to camouflage into the background – the colour indicates mood.  Black is bad – they’ve been scared, leave them alone.

See it in action:

About That Dress

White and gold, blue and black…  C’mon people – it’s puce and salmon.

It’s important to stress that agreement does not mean the majority are infact correct.  I learnt today that “consensus” is a synonym for “unanimous” – previously I understood “consensus” to mean “majority”.  I attribute my misunderstanding to be similar to the state of how “literally” is now used to mean “figuratively”.  Or how “Nimrod” became entrenched in our vocabulary as a synonym for “idiot”/etc – the story I got was that it came from a Bugs Bunny short where Bugs called Elmer Fudd “Nimrod”, as in “Nimrod the hunter” – but the context is lost on children who grew up watching this and only understood the implied meaning.

I’m so old, I remember the last time something like this came up.  It was an animated gif of a dancer spinning.  As I recall, it was an indication of brain operation that would tell you which direction the spin was occurring.  And when you knew about it, you could control the spin direction:

Which direction does the image spin for you?

But this is about colour.  Colour blindness for women (last I knew) – it’s almost impossible to be colour blind.  It was attributed to the Y chromosome for why men can be colour blind.  Apparently some had the belief that all men are colour blind?  Not all men…  Like super tasters, there’s people (predominantly women) with more cones who see more of the colour spectrum.  At least the spectrum we’re capable of – the Mantis Shrimp sees way more (obligatory Penny Arcade “Claw Shrimp” shoutout).  Some argue that this could also be attributed to lighting – sodium lights are used in some applications to make people under them look less attractive.  And photography has a “golden moment” for when to take pictures…  Keep in mind that our vision isn’t entirely understood – in theory, what we see should be upside down.  Cue “Dancing on the ceiling”…

There’s all sorts of wackiness in colour and terminology – orange came from the fruit, not the other way around.  At least there’s no historical indication otherwise.  And I can’t remember if it’s pink or violet that doesn’t actually exist in the colour spectrum.  That’s besides that “violet” in French means “pink”…Oh, and the fun of talking with people who believe black is just black, that there aren’t varying shades (make mine rich black!).  Doesn’t take long when you put midnight blue next to black…

One day we’ll understand why this came up, but to my knowledge it won’t be today.

Study: Does Mug Colour Influence the Taste of the Coffee?

We investigated whether consumers’ perception of a café latte beverage would be influenced by the colour (transparent, white or blue) of the mug from which it was drunk.

Source: Does the colour of the mug influence the taste of the coffee?

Next time you want to up the intensity of your homemade cup – forego the clear cups, regardless of how cool they look.  Just don’t drink from the blue cup…