Iridescent Paint Made from Bacteria

In nature, color occurs in two ways, as Artsy explains: “through pigmentation, where color appears the same from every angle, or structural color, where color changes according to interactions with light.” However, a new study exploring which genes are responsible for coloration has led to the discovery that flavobacterium (a bacteria found in soil and water) can be tinkered with to alter its color. Chemist …

AI Invented Paint Colors With Silly Names

From a purplish blue color named “Sane Green” to a “Gray Pubic” sky blue, an artificial intelligence experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane saw a series of colors invented and named by a neural network. Through inputting 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors and their RGB values, Shane trained the system—by way of an algorithm called char-rnn, which predicts the next character in a sequence—to generate new …

Nano Solar Paint

Liquid cells potentially reinvigorate solar power industry

Like several other alternative energy sources, the challenge with solar energy isn’t quantity (the sun blasts the Earth daily with more than enough energy to cover all of our power needs) but with the ability of current tech to fully harness what’s out there. A new concept with the potential to reshape the solar power industry is solar paint—a plan energy start-up NextGen are putting …