Are We Entering a New Era of Color Science?

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According to a recent study on animal and plant coloration published in Science magazine, we could potentially be on the threshold of a new era of color science. Based on the research of an international team of 27 scientists, this study follows several scientific breakthroughs in understanding how animals perceive and are influenced by color, and could possibly lead to a better understanding of human behavior as well.

One discovery in this study is the way in which mantis shrimp see color. While humans only have three color receptors – red, green, and blue – mantis shrimp have twelve, allowing for a greater variety in how they perceive light and color and interact with the world around them. The study’s lead author Innes Cuthill even compared the detection of light and color of the mantis shrimp’s 12 receptors to a spectrometer, such as the Instrument Systems Spectro 320. 

Another discovery in this study is the way in which body coloration on certain animals can indicate their behavior. The example given here is paper wasps, which are known by their black and yellow patterns. When female wasps have larger or a greater number of irregular black marks on their faces, the study found that they tended to be better fighters and were more likely to win fights with other wasps.

If we are in fact on the threshold of a new era of color science as this study suggests, you can be sure that Konica Minolta Sensing will be right at the forefront. Our innovative color and light measurement instruments, including the CM-5 Spectrophotometer and CS-160 Luminance and Color Meter, are industry standards and used by a wide variety of companies to maintain color quality and consistency. If your business works with color and light, Konica Minolta Sensing has just the instrument for you.

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