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Blowing Up a Rainbow Probably Looks a Lot Like Dropping an Anvil on Spray Paint Cans

When you get exclusive access to a 150-foot-tall tower, you’re going to want to do more than just take in the view. So when the team from How Ridiculous got just such an opportunity, they made the most of it, hauling a heavy anvil to the top and then dropping it on a stack of spray paint cans on the ground below. Read More >>

Microsoft Paint is About to be Killed Off

Microsoft's popular and also unpopular Paint software -- pre-loaded within Windows for decades -- looks like it's about to be ditched from future versions of the desktop software. Read More >>

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These Artists Use Oil, Paint, and Soap to Create Tiny Alien Galaxies

Scientists trying to unlock the secrets of our universe’s origin need to look no further than the photography studio of Thomas Blanchard and Oilhack. By mixing nothing more than paints, oil, and soap, the artists manage to create colourful miniature universes full of strange, tiny alien worlds. Read More >>

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Mixing Oil, Paint, and Soap Looks Like Flying Over a Distant Alien World

The next time NASA releases spectacular footage from a flyover of a distant planet or moon, you’ll have good reason to wonder if what you’re watching actually came from a spaceship, or from a microscope in a studio filming oil, paint, and liquid soap all mixed together. Read More >>

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Shooting Crazy Super Soakers Filled With Paint is a Lot of Silly Fun

If you crossed a Super Soaker with a paintball gun, you’d get this wild creation from our friend Mark Rober: a crazy weapon that shoots out streams of paint like a Super Soaker would shoot out water. Read More >>

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Watching Paint Symmetrically Mix Itself is Surprisingly Fun

Because the globs of paint are mirrored to create a symmetrical effect and because it looks like the paint is mixing itself on its own without a palette knife, it’s sort of a trip to watch it all get thrown together, like if it was just magically plopping itself on top of each other in some sort of mesmerizing magical dance. [Annette Labedzki via Colossal] Read More >>

Watching Workers Paint Letters on a Road Is So Soothing

I’m not sure what impresses me the most in this video of workers painting the road. Is it the perfect angles drawn free hand with a tool that’s essentially a stick with an open box at the end? Is it the dude dropping the hot thermoplastic into that box, while his partner is drawing the letters? Or is it the exquisite, ballerina-like footwork of the two workers who make sure not to step on the letters they just made? Read More >>

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Can You Paint a Room by Blowing Up a Bucket of Paint?

Painting a wall is boring because it takes so much time, and requires so much preparation to not get paint everywhere. But what if it could be exciting and done quickly and the point was to get paint everywhere? What if you blew up some paint buckets to see if the explosion of colours could paint a room? Read More >>

Mixing Paint Together Is Gorgeously Stimulating

Put paint and oil and milk and soap together and what do you get? A lot of pretty. Thomas Blanchard continues his series of mixing paint and shooting it up close to create worlds of emotion and beauty through colour. What’s especially cool is how alive it all feels. Read More >>

Computer-Controlled Spray Paint Lets You Print Graffiti 

Have you always wanted to leave your mark on buildings, cars, and overpasses but were too self-conscious of your non-existent graffiti skills? The SprayPrinter is a clip-on accessory that turns cans of spray paint into handheld dot matrix printers that can perfectly reproduce almost any design. Read More >>

Volvo Suggests Spraypainting Cyclists to Make Them More Visible

Designers working with a bit of money from car maker Volvo have come up with an interesting way to help make cyclists safer -- painting them. But with invisible paint that only shows up when the headlights of an angry van shine on the painted parts. Read More >>

Augmented Reality Will Make Redecorating Your Future Home Fun

There's a whole generation of budding interior designers that have been raised on The Sims, a video game where a rashly-picked paint colour for the bathroom belonging to virtual Mini-Me can be fixed with a click of the "Undo" button. For these digitally-native designers, the reality of redecorating, with knives jammed under paint pot lids and reams of colour swatches to flick through, must feel like a chore. But, thanks to augmented reality tools, the future of DIY interior design will increasingly offer the freedom of digital trial and error. Read More >>

This Gold Nanoparticle Paint Changes Colour Based on Touch

A team of chemists at the University of California, Riverside, recently had a happy accident. While experimenting with stringing gold nanoparticles together, they noticed that the gold kept changing colours from a bright blue to purple to red. Indeed, the more they touched it, the more the colour changed. Read More >>

Why are Most Planes Painted White?

Here's a difficult question to answer without getting involved in a heated internet argument that eventually spills over into real-world violence -- why are big planes mostly white? Shouldn't Branson's Virgin fleet be red? Is there some sort of law? Does it help with visibility? Read More >>