Stripes painted on the body protect against blood-sucking insects

The Swedish and Hungarian researchers who won an Ig Nobel Prize (in 2016) for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones have published a new study, extending their work—to use painted stripes to protect human life. A report in Forskning, in Swedish, explains […]

Artificial eye iris paints – which to use?

[Question: Why is a paper about artificial eye EYEBALL paints published in the the journal of Brazilian ORAL Research? See below for the answer.] If you’re an ocularist who creates bespoke hand-painted artificial eyes, presumably durability will be a prime concern. So, the question arises : Which kind of paint is best to colour-in the irises? […]

Road-line-painting Machines and Road Kills

Behold a common but seldom-mentioned form of historic preservation: animal carcasses painted-over on roadways. Cars on highways collide with and kill millions of animals, all over the world (though in Antarctica it happens rarely). Small animals, especially birds, can go unnoticed as they lie beside a road, in the forest or on the hard shoulder. But […]