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I just thought about the fact that people move through electrical pulses traveling through neurons in the brain and muscles through the body. Here is what i know: the body is full of 97 or more, percent of water. the thoughts we have and the moves we make are a result of electrical impulses within the neurons and cells. My question is why the water does not disperse the impulse and or make it completely ineffective. My personal guess would be that each neuron is made of or has an outer layer of electric resistance material that( is it conducts) electricity.
Neurons have sodium, potassium, as well as some calcium channels all over the surface of the cell (I'm giving a very generalized explanation here). The "electric pulses" that you are mentioning is more of electrostatic potentials generated from the interactions of cations and anions flowing in and out of the channels. Water at the specific pH surrounding the cations is a good conductor of these electrostatic interactions.
You have to remember that there are large negatively charged anion proteins inside the neurons which attract the cations (sodium ions for example) to rush into the cell. Once threshold is reached all gates open and an action potential is produced.
The neutron is a subatomic particle, symbol
, which has a neutral (not positive or negative) charge, and a mass slightly greater than that of a proton. Protons and neutrons constitute the nuclei of atoms. Since protons and neutrons behave similarly within the nucleus, and each has a mass of approximately one atomic mass unit, they are both referred to as nucleons.  Their properties and interactions are described by nuclear physics.
The chemical properties of an atom are mostly determined by the configuration of electrons that orbit the atom's heavy nucleus. The electron configuration is determined by the charge of the nucleus, which is determined by the number of protons, or atomic number. The number of neutrons is the neutron number. Neutrons do not affect the electron configuration, but the sum of atomic and neutron numbers is the mass of the nucleus.
Atoms of a chemical element that differ only in neutron number are called isotopes. For example, carbon, with atomic number 6, has an abundant isotope carbon-12 with 6 neutrons and a rare isotope carbon-13 with 7 neutrons. Some elements occur in nature with only one stable isotope, such as fluorine. Other elements occur with many stable isotopes, such as tin with ten stable isotopes.
The properties of an atomic nucleus depend on both atomic and neutron numbers. With their positive charge, the protons within the nucleus are repelled by the long-range electromagnetic force, but the much stronger, but short-range, nuclear force binds the nucleons closely together. Neutrons are required for the stability of nuclei, with the exception of the single-proton hydrogen nucleus. Neutrons are produced copiously in nuclear fission and fusion. They are a primary contributor to the nucleosynthesis of chemical elements within stars through fission, fusion, and neutron capture processes.
The neutron is essential to the production of nuclear power. In the decade after the neutron was discovered by James Chadwick in 1932,  neutrons were used to induce many different types of nuclear transmutations. With the discovery of nuclear fission in 1938,  it was quickly realized that, if a fission event produced neutrons, each of these neutrons might cause further fission events, in a cascade known as a nuclear chain reaction.  These events and findings led to the first self-sustaining nuclear reactor (Chicago Pile-1, 1942) and the first nuclear weapon (Trinity, 1945).
Free neutrons, while not directly ionizing atoms, cause ionizing radiation. So they can be a biological hazard, depending on dose.  A small natural "neutron background" flux of free neutrons exists on Earth, caused by cosmic ray showers, and by the natural radioactivity of spontaneously fissionable elements in the Earth's crust.  Dedicated neutron sources like neutron generators, research reactors and spallation sources produce free neutrons for use in irradiation and in neutron scattering experiments.
How The Human Body Creates Electromagnetic Fields
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Is it possible for the human body to create an electromagnetic field?
I want you to imagine me punching you hard, in the nose.
Trust me, it’ll help make this description much more fun! Imagine you said something rude about my mother, if it helps.
Did that hurt? I’m no fighter, but I imagine it probably did.
Well my fist connected rather rapidly with your face, and that ought to do it.
But what does it mean to “connect”, or “touch”?
Our bodies are made up of cells, which are made up of atoms. And atoms are… well they’re mostly empty space.
An atom is a centralized region of extreme density and positive charge (the nucleus), surrounded by a region of standing ‘probability waves’ which describe the wave function of the electron.
In other words, an atom is basically a ‘fuzzy’ (technical term) ball of charges.
Something like this (image credit: The Electron Cloud ).
(The planetary orbital model you probably have in your head is about 100 years out of date — it comes from the 1913 Bohr model of the atom, which was superseded in 1925 by the Schrodinger model).
How can I punch you, if your face, and indeed my hand, are just made up of fuzzy balls?
There’s no concept of “solid” at this level — so why should my hand make contact with your face?
The answer lies in the electric field.
Every atom has its own electric field, and when you put two atoms close together, they can mess around with the electric field of the other.
In some circumstances, this “messing around” is what leads to atomic bonding — the atoms and their electrons “find a way” to coexist in a way that minimizes their mutual energy, and they resist being pulled apart. This is what we interpret as an atomic bond.
But sometimes, it means they just bounce off each other. The two electron fields repel each other, and the atoms go flying apart.
So, what you experience when my fist connects with your nose is actually the electrons in my fist repelling those in your nose.
This repulsion obviously then causes a chain reaction with all the other atoms in your face, which are all mutually interacting with each other, and they all repel in unison from my fist (that’s why your nose doesn’t atomize into trillions of atoms!)
Specialized sections of your body then generate electrical signals, which are fired along other specialized sections of your body, into a really specialized section of your body — which results in a cascade of electrical signals being transmitted through the entire unit.
In other words — the sensors in your nose send a message along the nerves into your brain, which you then process as pain.
“Ow”, you say, “what was that for?”
Don’t you see?! Everything that just happened was because of the electric fields of our bodies!
Everything you just experienced occurred because we’re both surrounded by our own personal force field, and the insides of our bodies contain electrical generators, which they use to send signals through our body.
Virtually every single process which is keeping you alive can be traced back to an electric field that some component of your body is creating.
Even as I’m typing this, the only thing letting me do it is the electric field in my fingers depressing the keys in my laptop! The only thing stopping me falling through the chair is my body’s specialized ArseField™ which is repelling the chair!
My eyes are intercepting the electromagnetic radiation (and let’s not even get started on the fact that I am constantly outputting a low level radiation field in the infrared region!) and turning that into yet more electrical signals.
Not only is it possible that the human body creates EM fields — it is the only way you can possibly exist as a coherent entity!
You are an electric field — a giant electric field which holds your atoms together, and which uses other electric fields to talk to other bits of yourself.
Everything is so cool when you break it down like this, right?!
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Thalamus And Hypothalamus
Deep in the core area of the brain, just above the top of the brainstem, are structures that have a great deal to do with perception, movement, and the body's vital functions. The thalamus consists of two oval masses, each embedded in a cerebral hemisphere, that are joined by a bridge. The masses contain nerve cell bodies that sort information from four of the senses—sight, hearing, taste, and touch𠅊nd relay it to the cerebral cortex. (Only the sense of smell sends signals directly to the cortex, bypassing the thalamus.) Sensations of pain, temperature, and pressure are also relayed through the thalamus, as are the nerve impulses from the cerebral hemispheres that initiate voluntary movement.
The hypothalamus, despite its relatively small size (roughly that of a thumbnail), controls a number of drives essential for the functioning of a wide-ranging omnivorous social mammal. At the autonomic level, the hypothalamus stimulates smooth muscle (which lines the blood vessels, stomach, and intestines) and receives sensory impulses from these areas. Thus it controls the rate of the heart, the passage of food through the alimentary canal, and contraction of the bladder.
The hypothalamus is the main point of interaction for the body's two physical control systems: the nervous system, which transmits information in the form of minute electrical impulses, and the endocrine system, which brings about changes of state through the release of chemical factors. It is the hypothalamus that first detects crucial changes in the body and responds by stimulating various glands and organs to release hormones.
The hypothalamus is also the brain's intermediary for translating emotion into physical response. When strong feelings (rage, fear, pleasure, excitement) are generated in the mind, whether by external stimuli or by the action of thoughts, the cerebral cortex transmits impulses to the hypothalamus the hypothalamus may then send signals for physiological changes through the autonomic nervous system and through the release of hormones from the pituitary. Physical signs of fear or excitement, such as a racing heartbeat, shallow breathing, and perhaps a clenched "gut feeling," all originate here.
Also in the hypothalamus are neurons that monitor body temperature at the surface through nerve endings in the skin, and other neurons that monitor the blood flowing through this part of the brain itself, as an indicator of core body temperature. The front part of the hypothalamus contains neurons that act to lower body temperature by relaxing smooth muscle in the blood vessels, which causes them to dilate and increases the rate of heat loss from the skin. Through its neurons associated with the sweat glands of the skin, the hypothalamus can also promote heat loss by increasing the rate of perspiration. In opposite conditions, when the body's temperature falls below the (rather narrow) ideal range, a portion of the hypothalamus directs the contraction of blood vessels, slows the rate of heat loss, and causes the onset of shivering (which produces a small amount of heat).
The hypothalamus is the control center for the stimuli that underlie eating and drinking. The sensations that we interpret as hunger arise partly from a degree of emptiness in the stomach and partly from a drop in the level of two substances: glucose circulating in the blood and a hormone that the intestine produces shortly after the intake of food. (Receptors for this hormone gauge how far digestion has proceeded since the last meal.) This system is not a simple "on" switch for hunger, however: another portion of the hypothalamus, when stimulated, actively inhibits eating by promoting a feeling of satiety. In experimental animals, damage to this portion of the brain is associated with continued excessive eating, eventually leading to obesity.
In addition to these numerous functions, there is evidence that the hypothalamus plays a role in the induction of sleep. For one thing, it forms part of the reticular activating system, the physical basis for that hard-to-define state known as consciousness (about which more later) for another, electrical stimulation of a portion of the hypothalamus has been shown to induce sleep in experimental animals, although the mechanism by which this works is not yet known. In all, the hypothalamus is a richly complex cubic centimeter of vital connections, which will continue to reward close study for some time to come. Because of its unique position as a midpost between thought and feeling and between conscious act and autonomic function, a thorough understanding of its workings should tell us much about the earliest history and development of the human animal.
In summary, by performing experiments and computational simulations we studied the transmission efficiency of continuous and pulsed EM waves when they propagated through a special kind of man-made softmaterial waveguide structure, i.e., a plastic tube merged in an ionic fluid. A variety of variables i.e., tube thickness from 0.2 mm to 5.0 mm, tube length of 2.0–12.0 cm, ionic concentration covering 0.0002–2.0 mol/L, frequency of 10 Hz to 100 MHz for sine wave excitations, and pulse duration of 5 ns to 100 ms for excitation pulses, were investigated. We also mimicked the myelin sheath structure of a myelinated axon in simulation. The results of both approaches were consistent with each other, showing that a dielectric tube with solutions filling its both sides worked well as an EM waveguide. It could confine the energy flux of an EM wave within its dielectric layer, resulting in a better transmission efficiency for the EM wave than that of a fluid without the tube. Such a tube-based softmaterial waveguide showed a low-pass nature that the intensity of transmitted signals saturated at a duration of 10–100 μs for EM pulses, or cut off at frequency of 10–100 kHz for sine waves. The transmission efficiency increased with the thickness of the dielectric layer and the ion concentration. The results may shed light for a better understanding various electrical communication behaviors observed in biosystems, where a natural lipid membrane with bilateral fluids was suggested as the efficient pathway for pulsed EM signals. Yet the size of samples under test in this work was much larger than that of the axons in biosystems. To verify model for soliton-like EM pulse propagating in natural softmaterial waveguides of a biosystem, it needs further investigations.
5 Prospects and Conclusion
In conclusion, WIEs are of great importance in modern therapeutics. The NG-based WIEs stand out with a potential to further improve its flexibility, reliability, and miniaturization. The self-powering capability brings up novel closed-loop ES with higher efficiency and lower side effects. This article provides an overview of the most recent development of NG-based WIEs and their therapeutic applications. Different NGs types and biomimetic design principles based on materials innovation and structure engineering are discussed, together with later broad implementations covering heart, skin, nerve, and bone stimulations, in which treatment mechanisms and posttreatment effects/results are analyzed. While NG-based WIEs are a booming realm with enormous versatility and possibility, several apparent and daunting challenges need to be addressed for clinical applications.
- 1. To achieve true self-powering capability. As discussed in this article, power source remains the key challenge for WIE devices to achieve ultimate minimization and flexibility. NGs are an innovative solution for addressing this challenge. The biomechanical energy could be considered an “infinite” energy source for powering the implanted devices if harvested appropriately and adequately. So far, many improvements have been brought through on the power output of implantable NGs to reach the operational power requirements of implanted devices. Nevertheless, many proof-of-concept designs are still far from the practical level in terms of power and energy density, particularly over a long period of time in the biological environment. In order to move one step further toward practical demonstrations, long-term operation stability is particularly important to show. Specifically, how well can the device sustain under continuous and repeating straining actions when surrounded by a liquid environment without liquid infiltration or electrical leakage? How well can the device maintain a stable and strong interface with the implanted tissue under strong straining conditions? Addressing these critical challenges will lead the promising NG technology to an alternative power source for WIEs.
- 2. To maintain a long-term biocompatibility. For an implanted WIE, the long-term biocompatibility is a critical issue. Although most reported WIEs have evaluated the biocompatibility in vivo in terms of cell cytotoxicity and animal models, few of them reach a living implantation more than a year. It is essential to understand whether the long-term implantation would have chronic side effects such as inflammation due to long-time exposure to ES signals, toxicity due to nanoscale or microscale debris from the device, biofouling on the device surface, and interference in normal organ functions. Many new materials, particularly nanoscale materials, have been increasingly developed and used in current WIEs with unprecedented performances. Understanding and improving their long-term biocompatibility and minimizing the FBR effect become particular significant and urgent. One promising strategy would be surface modification with zwitterionic hydrogels to block protein absorption, the first step of FBR. Besides, to formulate in vivo evaluation criteria of the biocompatibility for the groups of new materials, composites and devices are also needed to point the direction toward clinical applications.
- 3. To bring new concepts in material and device design to minimize invasivity. Regardless of the flexibility and stretchability that current WIE devices may exhibit, their implantations are mostly done through invasive surgeries. Attachment of large pieces to mobile tissue surfaces may need stiches to stabilize the device to prevent migration under dynamic operation conditions. These invasive operations have been typically used both in laboratory and clinically, yet are not preferred from both physician and patient perspectives. Less-invasive implantation of miniaturized pacemakers through interventional cardiac catheterization is a good example of signaling the development direction of next-generation WIEs with easy implantation possibilities. To reach this aggressive target, the size, flexibility, and even foldability need to be more intensively considered in correlation to rather than just the operation conditions but also the implantation conditions. In addition, advanced or smart adhesives are preferred to achieve easy and stable attachment of the implanted device. They might be activated via external optical or acoustic stimulations to convert from non-sticky transport status to sticky affixing statutes, which can effectively eliminate the invasive suture process.
- 4. To enable controlled bioresorbability. Many WIEs only require finite operational time, ranging from a few days to months or years, such as bone healing, nerve repair, and drug delivery. They need to be retrieved after the operational lifetime or fulfilling the treatment duty, unfortunately, via an additional surgery. In recent years, bioabsorbable electronics were increasingly developed based on bioabsorbable materials like silk fibroin, cellulose, and chitin. However, functions offered by these groups of materials are rather limited. Materials innovations are needed to introduce more diverse functionalities to the bioabsorbable materials. For example, TENG requires dielectric materials with strong electron interactions. Improving the materials electron affinity and permittivity is a main route to reach high triboelectric output. Piezoelectricity is more naturally associated with biomaterials, such as cellulose, chitin, and amino acids. New strategies to achieve large-area molecule alignment of this group of material will bring them to the category of high-performance piezoelectric materials that are feasible for biomechanical energy harvesting and actuation.
In general, the soft and flexible NG-based WIEs are now showing great promises to revolutionize electroceutical therapeutics through a novel closed-loop ES manner. By fully addressing the abovementioned challenges, this technology is foreseeable to transform the research and developments in the fields of biomaterials, biomedical engineering, and particularly implantable and wearable medical devices, toward the next generation of precision electrotherapy in the near future.
In vivo skin permeation studies are considered gold standard but are difficult to perform and evaluate due to ethical issues and complexity of process involved. In recent past, a useful tool has been developed by combining the computational modeling and experimental data for expounding biological complexity. Modeling of percutaneous permeation studies provides an ethical and viable alternative to laboratory experimentation. Scientists are exploring complex models in magnificent details with advancement in computational power and technology. Mathematical models of skin permeability are highly relevant with respect to transdermal drug delivery, assessment of dermal exposure to industrial and environmental hazards as well as in developing fundamental understanding of biotransport processes. Present review focuses on various mathematical models developed till now for the transdermal drug delivery along with their applications.
How do neurons send electric pulses even though they are surrounded by liquid which is mostly water? - Biology
Everything is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies that correspond to sound, light and color. We are drawn to the colors needed to create balance in our lives, the goal in all healing. Our consciousness and emotions align with the colors we wear, home design, and often our diet. Some people dream in color, others in black and white. ROYGBIV is an acronym for the sequence of hues commonly described as making up a rainbow.
Blue is a color, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 440-490 nm. It is considered one of the additive primary colors.
On the HSV Color Wheel, the complement of blue is yellow that is, a color corresponding to an equal mixture of red and green light. On a color wheel based on traditional color theory (RYB), the complementary color to blue is considered to be orange (based on the Munsell color wheel).
The English language commonly uses "blue" to refer to any color from navy blue to cyan. The word itself is derived from the Old French word bleu.
A Scots and Scottish English word for "blue-grey" is blae, from the Middle English bla ("dark blue," from the Old English blood). Ancient Greek lacked a word for color blue and Homer called the color of the sea "wine dark", except that the word kyanos (cyan) was used for dark blue enamel.
In the English language, blue may refer to the feeling of sadness. This is because blue was related to rain, or storms, and in Greek mythology, the god Zeus would make rain when he was sad (crying), and a storm when he was angry. Kyanos was a name used in Ancient Greek to refer to dark blue tile (in English it means blue-green or cyan). The phrase "feeling blue" is linked also to a custom among many old deepwater sailing ships. If the ship lost the captain or any of the officers during its voyage, she would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her entire hull when returning to home port.
Many languages do not have separate terms for blue and or green, instead using a cover term for both (when the issue is discussed in linguistics, this cover term is sometimes called grue in English). Blue is commonly used on internet browsers to color a link that has not been clicked when a link has been clicked it changes yellow or orange or purple.
Blue is the color of truth, serenity and harmony, by helping to soothe the mind. It is good for cooling, calming, reconstructing and protecting. good for fevers, calming the body and mind, raising frequency, etc.
Blue is the color of electricity. We experience in a program created by electromagnetic energy that had a beginning and is evolving out of physical consciousness.
Blue relates to the future in linear time as it is a faster moving frequency than we experience in the physical. Consciousness is moving into the blue. (Midnight) Blue takes us to 12:00, 12 around 1 creational geometry, 2012 Mayan Calendar Prophecy, Hopi Blue Kachina Prophecies, Isis/Sirius, and more.
Experts discover traces of rare artificial pigment on Egyptian mummy portraits and panel paintings Ancient Origins - August 29, 2015
Egyptian Blue is one of the first artificial pigments known to have been used by man. First created around 5,000 years ago by heating a mixture of a calcium compound, a copper-containing compound, silica sand and soda or potash to around 850-950 C, the precious pigment was reserved for the most exquisite of artworks. In Egyptian belief, blue was considered the color of the heavens, and hence the universe. It was also associated with water and the Nile. However, scientists have now found traces of the rare pigment behind drab-colored mummy portraits, leading to a new understanding of how this particular pigment was used by artists in the second century A.D.
Egyptian Blue Hides in These Mummy Portraits Epoch Times - August 29, 2015
Dusting off 15 Roman-era Egyptian mummy portraits - mostly untouched for 100 years - has revealed a 2,000-year-old surprise. Researchers discovered that the ancient artists used the pigment Egyptian blue as material for underdrawings and for modulating color -a finding never documented before. Because blue has to be manufactured, it typically is reserved for very prominent uses, not hidden under other colors. We see how these artists manipulated a small palette of pigments, including this unusual use of Egyptian blue, to create a much broader spectrum of hues.
Red is any of a number of similar colors evoked by light consisting predominantly of the longest wavelengths of light discernible by the human eye, in the wavelength range of roughly 625-740 nm. Longer wavelengths than this are called infrared, or below red and cannot be seen by the naked human eye. Red is used as one of the additive primary colors of light, complementary to cyan, in RGB color systems. Red is also one of the subtractive primary colors of RYB color space but not CMYK color space.
In human color psychology, red is associated with heat, energy and blood, and emotions that "stir the blood", including anger, passion, and love.
Red is any of a number of similar colors evoked by light consisting predominantly of the longest wavelengths of light discernible by the human eye, in the wavelength range of roughly 630-700 nm. Longer wavelengths than this are called infrared, or below red and cannot be seen by human eyes.
Red's wavelength has been an important factor in laser technologies as red lasers, used in early compact disc technologies, are being replaced by blue lasers, as red's longer wavelength causes the laser's recordings to take up more space on the disc than blue lasers. Red light is also used to preserve night vision in low-light or night-time situations, as the rod cells in the human eye aren't sensitive to red. Red is used as one of the additive primary colors of light, complementary to cyan, in RGB color systems. Red is also one of the subtractive primary colors of RYB color space but not CMYK color space.
One common use of red as an additive primary color is in the RGB color model. Because "red" is not by itself standardized, color mixtures based on red are not exact specifications of color either. In order to produce exact colors the color red needs to be defined in terms of an absolute color space such as sRGB. As used in computer monitors and television screens, red is very variable, but some systems may apply color correction (so that a standardized "red" is produced that is not in fact full intensity of only the red colorant).
A red filter used in black and white photography increases contrast in most scenes. For example, combined with a polarizer, it can turn the sky black. Films simulating the effects of infrared film (such as Ilford's SFX 200) do so by being much more sensitive to red than to other colors. Red illumination was (and sometimes still is) used as a "safelight" while working in a darkroom, as it does not expose most photographic paper and some films. Though many more modern darkrooms use an amber safelight, red illumination is closely associated with the darkroom in the public mind.
Etymology and Definitions
The word red comes from the Old English read. Further back, the word can be traced to the Proto-Germanic rauthaz and the Proto-Indo European root reudh-.
This is the only color word which has been traced to an Indo-European root.
In Sanskrit, the word rudra means red. In the English language, the word red is associated with the color of blood, certain flowers (i.e. roses), and ripe fruits (i.e. apples, cherries). Fire is also strongly connected, as is the sun and the sky at sunset.
Healthy people are often said to have a redness to their skin color (as opposed to be appearing pale). After the rise of socialism in the mid-19th century, red was to describe revolutionary movements. The word is also obviously associated with anything of the color occupying the lower end of the visible light spectrum, such as red hair or red soil.
Red Indians is a British term for Native Americans, American terms for this ethnic group include redskin, redhead and red man, though they are not the preferred terms.
In astronomy, stars of spectral type M (the stars with the coolest temperature) are classified as red stars.
Mars is called the Red Planet because of the reddish color imparted to its surface by the abundant iron oxide present there. Astronomical objects which are moving away from the observer exhibit a red shift.
Jupiter's surface displays a Great Red Spot, a football-shaped area south of the planet's equator. Astronomers believe the spot to be some kind of storm.
Oxygenated blood is red due to the presence of oxygenated hemoglobin.
Red light is the first to be absorbed by sea water, so that many fish and marine invertebrates that appear bright red are black in their native habitat.
When used about animal coloration red usually refers to a brownish, reddish-brown or ginger color. In this sense it is used to describe coat colors of reddish-brown cattle and dogs, and in the names of various animal species or breeds such as red fox, red squirrel, red deer, Robin Redbreast, Red Grouse, Red Knot, Redstart, Redwing, Red Setter, Red Devon cattle etc.
The usage for animal color appears similar to that for red ochre, red hair and Red Indian.
Red appears to be rarely used in names of animals which are a brighter blood-red or scarlet color (Carmine Bee-eater, Scarlet Tanager). When used for flowers, red often refers to purplish (red deadnettle, red clover, red helleborine) or pink (red campion, red valerian) colors.
Aggression, anger, blood, blushing, stop, Communism, courage, danger, guilt, energy, fire, hate, hell, honor, leadership, passion, socialism, sacrifice, sex, sin, violence, negativity, warning.
A biblical example is found in Isaiah: "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow." Also, The Scarlet Letter an 1850 American novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, features a woman in a Puritan New England community who is punished for adultery with ostracism, her sin represented by a red letter 'A' sewn into her clothes. This all comes from a general Hebrew view inherited by Christianity which associates red with the blood of murder, as well as with guilt in general.
Another popular example of this is in the phrase "caught red-handed", meaning either caught in an act of crime or caught with the blood of murder still on one's hands. At one point, red was associated with prostitutes, or now, with brothels (red-light districts).
In Roman Catholicism, red represents wrath, one of the Seven Deadly Sins. In Christianity, Satan is usually depicted as colored red and/or wearing a red costume in both iconography and popular culture. Statistics have shown that red cars are more likely to be involved in accidents.
The color red is associated with lust, passion, love, and beauty as well. The association with love and beauty is possibly related to the use of red roses as a love symbol. Both the Greeks and the Hebrews considered red a symbol of love, as well as sacrifice. Psychological research has shown that men find women who are wearing red more attractive.
Red is also used as a symbol of courage and sacrifice, as in blood spilt in sacrifice or courage in the face of lethal danger. Examples of this are found in the flags of many nations including the United States, as well as in the novel The Red Badge of Courage, in which a soldier in the American Civil War discovers the meaning of courage.
Besides the association with guilt previously mentioned, in Christianity, red represents the color of Christian martyrs who suffered death for their faith. It is sometimes used for Holy Thursday and during Eastertide, and red green and white is the color scheme of Christmas. In Roman Catholic tradition it is used for all feast days of Christian martyrs as well as Palm Sunday in anticipation of the death of Jesus.
Along the same lines, red is associated in Roman mythology with the god of war, Mars. A Roman general receiving a triumph had his entire body painted red in honor of his achievement.The phrase "red-blooded" describes someone who is audacious, robust, or virile.
In English heraldry, red (called gules) denoted ardent affection or love, while crimson (blood-color) stood for boldness, enthusiasm, or impetuosity.
Red catches people's attention, and is often used either in a negative way to indicate danger and emergency, or in a positive way in advertising to gain more viewers, or in nature, as a ripe fruit announces its readiness with its red color. Several studies have indicated that red carries the strongest reaction of all the colors, with the level of reaction decreasing gradually with orange, yellow, and white, respectively. Because of this, scientists have repeatedly recommended red for warning signals, labels, and signs. Because of these recommendations, red has seen widespread use as a danger signal, in stop signs, to warn people of extreme heat or flammability, and even to signal warnings in sports such as soccer.
Red may represent fire and so may symbolize the presence of God.
In Christianity, red is the liturgical color for Pentecost. Also, in the Catholic Church red is the color of a martyr.
In Islam red is the color for sacrificement and courage. Many Islamic states have it as a sign of the courage of Muslims and the sacrifice of their lives for what is good.
In metaphysics red connects with the root chakra.
Alice Bailey developed a system called the Seven Rays, where she classified humans into seven different metaphysical psychological types, the "sixth ray" of "love-devotion" is represented by the color red. People who have this metaphysical psychological type are said to be "on the Red Ray".
Psychics who claim to be able to observe the aura with their third eye report that a red aura is associated with a love of sports and physical exercise.
In China, red is the symbol of fire and the south (both south in general and Southern China specifically). It carries a largely positive connotation, being associated with courage, loyalty, honor, success, fortune, fertility, happiness, passion, and summer. In Chinese cultural traditions, red is associated with weddings (where brides traditionally wear red dresses) and red paper is also frequently used to wrap gifts of money or other things. Special red packets called hong bao as in Mandarin or lai see as in Cantonese - are specifically used during the Chinese New Year to give monetary gifts. On the more negative end, obituaries are traditionally written in red ink, and to write someone's name in red signals either cutting them out of your life, or that they have died. Red is also associated with both the feminine yin and the masculine yang, depending on the source. When someone commits suicide, especially a female, and wants to haunt their loved one, they will dress in red from top to bottom before carrying out the act.
In Japan, red is a traditional color for a heroic figure.
In the Indian Sub-continent, red is the traditional color of bridal dresses, and is frequently represented in the media as a symbolic color for married women. The color is associated with sexuality in marriage relationships through its connection to heat and fertility. It is also the color of wealth, beauty, and the goddess Lakshmi.
In Central Africa, Ndembu warriors rub themselves with red during celebrations. Since their culture sees the color as a symbol of life and health, sick people are also painted with it. Like most Central African cultures, the Ndembu see red as ambivalent, better than black, but not as good as white. In other parts of Africa, however, red is a color of mourning, representing death. Because of the connection red bears with death in many parts of Africa, the Red Cross has changed its colors to green and white in parts of the continent.
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Red on Women Drives Men Wild Live Science - October 28, 2008
The color orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 585 - 620 nm, and has a hue of 30 degrees in HSV color space. The complementary color of orange is azure, a slightly greenish blue. Orange pigments are largely in the ochre or cadmium families, and absorb mostly blue light.
The color is named after the orange fruit, introduced to Europe via the Sanskrit word naranja. Before this was introduced to the English-speaking world, the color was referred to (in Old English) as geoluhread, which translates into Modern English as yellow-red. The first recorded use of orange as a color name in English was in 1512, in the court of King Henry VIII.
In metaphysics orange connects with the spleen chakra.
Orange is the color of creativity, sexuality, joy, enthusiasm, and promotes a general sense of wellness.
Orange Crystals include Orange Amber, Carnelian, Citrine, Orange Jade, Orange Calcite, Fire Agate, Orange Quartz, Orange Rhodochrosite, Orange Garnet, more
Yellow is the color evoked by light that stimulates both the L and M (long and medium wavelength) cone cells of the retina about equally, but does not significantly stimulate the S (short-wavelength) cone cells that is, light with much red and green but not very much blue.
Light with a wavelength of 570-580 nm is yellow, as is light with a suitable mixture of somewhat longer and shorter wavelengths. Yellow's traditional RYB complementary color is purple, violet or indigo. Yellow's colorimetrically defined complementary color in both RGB and CMYK color spaces is blue.
The word yellow comes from the Old English geolu, which derived from the Proto-Germanic word gelwaz. The oldest known usage of this word in English is in the Old English poem Beowulf, in a description of a shield made of wood from a yew tree.
In the English language, yellow is used to describe objects having the color between green and orange in the visible light spectrum (gold, egg yolks, sunflowers, etc.). The color is associated with age and aging, both with people and objects (e.g. yellowed-paper). Ethnographically, the term yellow has also been used as a slang term for both oriental persons and light-skinned African-Americans. The term is associated at times with jealousy, as well as cowardliness. Lastly, it is associated with sensational journalistic practices, or yellow journalism, and resistance to militant trade unions.
In metaphysics orange connects with the solar plexus.
Yellow is the color of intellect and it is used for mental clarity. Linked to the sun and the lion, yellow is connected to the source of creation as its frequency emerges into white light and consciousness.
Green is a color, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 520-570-nm. In the subtractive color system, it is not a primary color, but is created out of a mixture of yellow and blue, or yellow and cyan it is considered one of the additive primary colors. On the HSV color wheel, the complement of green is magenta that is, a purple color corresponding to an equal mixture of red and blue light. On a color wheel based on traditional color theory (RYB), the complementary color to green is considered to be red.
The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, 'to grow'. It is used to describe plants or the ocean. Sometimes it can also describe someone who is inexperienced, jealous, or sick. In America, green is a slang term for money, among other things. Several colloquialisms have derived from these meanings, such as 'green around the gills', a phrase used to describe a person who looks ill.
Several minerals have a green color, including the emerald, which is colored green by its chromium content. Animals such as frogs, lizards, and other reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects, and birds, appear green because of a mixture of layers of blue and green coloring on their skin. By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize. Many creatures have adapted to their green environments by taking on a green hue themselves as camouflage.
Culturally, green has broad and sometimes contradictory meanings. In some cultures, green symbolizes hope and growth, while in others, it is associated with death, sickness, envy or the devil.
The most common associations, however, are found in its ties to nature. For example, Islam venerates the color, as it expects paradise to be full of lush greenery. Green is also associated with regeneration, fertility and rebirth for its connections to nature. Recent political groups have taken on the color as symbol of environmental protection and social justice, and consider themselves part of the Green movement, some naming themselves Green parties. This has led to similar campaigns in advertising, as companies have sold green, or environmentally friendly, products.
The word green comes from the Old English word grene, or, in its older form, groeni. This adjective is closely related to the Old English verb growan (to grow) and goes back into Western Germanic and Scandinavian languages.
The word designates the color on the visible light spectrum situated between blue and yellow. It is often used to describe foliage and the sea, and has become a symbol of environmentalism. It also is combined with other color names to increase specificity, as in blue-green, or with objects, as in emerald green. Green is also used to describe jealousy and envy, as well as anyone young, inexperienced, or gullible (probably by analogy to unripe, i.e. unready or immature, fruit).
Green is sometimes associated with nausea and sickness.
Lastly, green can communicate safety to proceed, as in traffic lights.
Overall, greens, along with blues and purples, are frequently described as cool colors, in contrast to red and yellow.
Some languages have no word separating green from blue.
The word green is found in several colloquial phrases derived from these meanings: in golf, the region of grass around the hole is trimmed short and referred to as the putting green, or simply, the green.
Someone who works well with plants is said to have a green thumb or green fingers, a physically-ill person is said to look green around the gills, and the word greenhorn refers to an inexperienced person.
A company is greenwashing if they advertise positive environmental practices to cover up environmental destruction.
Green with envy highlights another emotional association, which William Shakespeare had first described as the "green-eyed monster" in Othello and The Merchant of Venice.
In areas that use the U.S. Dollar as currency, green carries a connotation of money, wealth, and capitalism, because green is the color of United States banknotes, giving rise to the slang term greenback for cash.
The Libyan flag is completely green, in honor of Islam's veneration of the color.
Green is considered the traditional color of Islam, likewise because of its association with nature. This is for several reasons. First, Muhammad is reliably quoted in a hadith as saying that 'water, greenery, and a beautiful face' were three universally good things.
In the Qur'an, sura Al-Insan, believers in God in Paradise wear fine green silk.
Also, Al-Khidr (The Green One), is a Qur'anic figure who met and traveled with Moses. The flag of Hamas, as well as the flag of Iran, is green, symbolizing their Islamist ideology.
Roman Catholic and more traditional Protestant clergy wear green vestments at liturgical celebrations during Ordinary Time.
In the Eastern Catholic Church, green is the color of Pentecost.
Green is one of the Christmas colors as well, possibly dating back to pre-Christian times, when evergreens were worshipped for their ability to maintain their color through the winter season. Romans used green holly and evergreen as decorations for their winter solstice celebration called Saturnalia, which eventually evolved into a Christmas celebration.
One of the more notable uses of this meaning is found in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In this story is the Emerald City, where everyone wears tinted glasses which make everything look green. According to the populist interpretation of the story, the city's color is used by the author, L. Frank Baum, to illustrate the financial system of America in his day, as he lived in a time when America was debating the use of paper money versus gold.
Alice Bailey, in her system called the Seven Rays which classifies humans into seven different metaphysical psychological types, the "third ray" of "creative intelligence" is represented by the color green. People who have this metaphysical psychological type are said to be "on the Green Ray".
In Hinduism, Green is used to symbolically represent the fourth, heart chakra (Anahata).
Psychics who claim to be able to observe the aura with their third eye report that someone with a green aura is typically someone who is in an occupation related to health, such as a physician or nurse, as well as people who are lovers of nature and the outdoors.
Green frequency is linked to healing and alchemy.
Purple is a general term for the range of shades of color occurring between red and blue. In color theory, a 'purple' is defined as any non-spectral color between violet and red. The spectral color violet is not a purple.
In art, purple is the color on the color wheel between magenta and violet and its tints and shades. This color, electric purple, is shown below.
In human color psychology, purple is associated with royalty, regality, and nobility (stemming from its use in heraldry to denote gentry)
In metaphysics purple connects with the crown chakra.
In healing purple is good for emotional problems, rheumatism, epilepsy, reducing pain, deep tissue work, bones.
The Violet Flame is supposedly charged with the light of divine freedom. It is used to burn off karma from other lifetimes on all levels.
White is a tone, the perception which is evoked by light that stimulates all three types of color sensitive cone cells in the human eye in near equal amount and with high brightness compared to the surroundings.
Since the impression of white is obtained by three summations of light intensity across the visible spectrum, the number of combinations of light wavelengths that produce the sensation of white is practically infinite.
There are a number of different white light sources such as the midday Sun, incandescent lamps, fluorescent lamps and white LEDs. The impression of white light can also be created by mixing appropriate intensities of the primary colors of light - red, green and blue (RGB) - a process called additive mixing, as seen in many display technologies.
White light reflected off objects can be seen when no part of the light spectrum is reflected significantly more than others and the reflecting material has a degree of diffusion. This is seen when transparent fibers, particles, or droplets are in a transparent matrix of a substantially different refractive index. Examples include classic "white" substances such as sugar, foam, pure sand or snow, cotton, clouds, and milk.
Crystal boundaries and imperfections can also make otherwise transparent materials white, as in the milky quartz or the microcrystalline structure of a seashell. This is also true for artificial paints and pigments, where white results when finely divided transparent material of a high refractive index is suspended in a contrasting binder. Typically paints contain calcium carbonate and/or synthetic rutile with no other pigments if a white color is desired.
In painting, white can be crafted by reflecting ambient light from a white pigment, although the ambient light must be white light, or else the white pigment will appear the color of the light. White when mixed with black produces gray. To art students, the use of white can present particular problems, and there is at least one training course specializing in the use of white in art. In watercolor painting, white areas are the absence of paint on the paper. When mixing paints in order to get a lighter color, it's advisable to mix a small amount of color to white, rather than trying to add white to the color, as it will take considerably more paint to get the desired tint.
White light is the octave (frequency) above purple. It has always been seen as transcendence, pure, perfection, innocence, chastity, the triumphant of spirit over the flesh, purity.
In Alchemy white is the feminine principle or highest frequency of though turning into pure consciousness.
Wearing white links to the goddess in many civilizations.
Druid priests often wore white.
In Christian beliefs white is the highest color representing the purified soul, joy, virginity, integrity, light and a holy life. White is always worn in Christian religions at the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage. In Catholicism it is symbolic of the saints not suffering martyrdom and virgin saints.
To the Buddhist tradition, white is self-mastery and redemption. It is representative of being lead from bondage - the highest spiritual transformation.
In Hinduism, white is symbolic of pure consciousness, upward movement, light, and manifestation.
Maori tradition holds white as meaning truce or surrendering.
In Mayan tradition it represented peace and health.
The color of a candle works well with the frequency you seek at a given point in time. This again follows the color spectrum and its meanings. For example if you want to gain knowledge, light a yellow candle. Some candles not only coordinate colors, but fragrances and shapes as well.
Using a lamp with a specific colored light bulb creates interesting frequencies that can allow you to see yourself in past lives, to heal, for spiritual work, and more. Fluorescent light bulbs work best in a dark room.
Color Breathing and Visualization
When meditating, envision colors entering your body with each breath. Select the color you are drawn to by frequency. Visualize it entering its color coordinated chakra as it enters and clears. Visualize yourself bathed in the colors you choose to resonate with.
Which areas of our brains represent the colors we see? Medical Express - May 28, 2020
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet: The colors of the rainbow are well known to anyone who remembers "Roy G. Biv." However, scientific research has long shown that such colors are not inherent to the physical world, but rather a result of how our brains process light.
Earth's Oldest Color, Pink, Dates Back More Than 1 Billion Years Live Science - July 10, 2018
Is bright pink the new black? Well, not exactly, but it is the world's oldest-known color, according to new research. Researchers extracted the pigment from bacteria fossils preserved in rocks under the Sahara Desert in Mauritania, West Africa. Inside those teensy bacteria, the scientists found chlorophyll - a pigment used today by plants for photosynthesis - dating back to about 1.1 billion years ago. That's about 600 million years older than similar chlorophyll fossils found previously, scientists reported in the new study. Their findings hint that cyanobacteria, bacteria that survive on sunlight, appeared much earlier than algae, which have been traced to around 650 million years ago. And bacteria likely dominated Earth's ancient oceans for hundreds of millions of years, according to the study.
Superhuman 'Rainbow Vision' Common, But Untested Discovery - March 17, 2016
A fairly common genetic mutation in some women allow them to see more colors than the average person. But few who carry the mutation regularly demonstrate this nearly super-human rainbow vision. Results from new scientific experiments may explain why and the development of a new image-processing filter could help potential tetrachromats develop their unique talent.
Seeing the sunnier side of life: Scientists bring a whole new meaning to winter blues Science Daily - August 5, 2015
Scientists at the University of York have shed new light on how humans process color - revealing that we see things differently in winter compared with summer. The researchers examined how our color perception changes between seasons and in particular how we process the color known as unique yellow. Humans identify four unique hues - blue, green, yellow and red -- that do not appear to contain mixtures of other colors.
How the Brain Remembers Colors Live Science - June 2, 2015
When you bring home the wrong color of paint from the hardware store, it may not be your foggy memory at fault. A new study finds that while the human brain can distinguish between millions of colors, it has difficulty remembering specific shades. For example, most people can easily tell the difference between azure, navy and ultramarine, but when it comes to remembering these shades, people tend to label them all as blue, the study found. This tendency to lump colors together could explain why it's so hard to match the color of house paint based on memory alone, the researchers said. Many cultures have the same color words or categories.
Researchers explore how prior knowledge influences our visual senses PhysOrg - November 1, 2013
The perception and processing of color has fascinated neuroscientists for a long time, as our brain influences our perception of it to such a degree that colors could be called an illusion. One mystery was: What happens in the brain when we look at black-and-white photographs? Do our brains fill in the colors? Neuroscientists showed study participants black-and-white photos of bananas, broccoli, strawberries, and of other objects associated with a typical color (yellow, red and green in the examples above). While doing so, they recorded their subjects' brain activity using functional imaging. The true purpose of the study was unknown to the subjects, and to distract their attention they were shown slowly rotating objects and told to report the direction in which they were moving.
After recording brain responses to the black and white objects, the scientists presented real colors to their subjects, in the shape of yellow, green, red and blue rings. This allowed them to record the activity of the brain as it responded to different, real colors. It turned out that the mere sight of black-and-white photos automatically elicited brain activity patterns that specifically encoded colors. These activity patterns corresponded to those that were elicited when the observers viewed real color stimuli. These patterns encoded the typical color of the respective object seen, even though it was presented in black and white. The typical colors of the presented objects could therefore be determined from the brain's activity, even though they were shown without color.
Bach to the Blues, Our Emotions Match Music to Colors Science Daily - May 17, 2013
Whether we're listening to Bach or the blues, our brains are wired to make music-color connections depending on how the melodies make us feel. People in both the United States and Mexico linked the same pieces of classical orchestral music with the same colors. This suggests that humans share a common emotional palette -- when it comes to music and color -- that appears to be intuitive and can cross cultural barriers, UC Berkeley researchers said. The results were remarkably strong and consistent across individuals and cultures and clearly pointed to the powerful role that emotions play in how the human brain maps from hearing music to seeing colors.
Red-Green & Blue-Yellow: The Stunning Colors You Can't See Live Science - January 18, 2012
Try to imagine reddish green - not the dull brown you get when you mix the two pigments together, but rather a color that is somewhat like red and somewhat like green. Or, instead, try to picture yellowish blue - not green, but a hue similar to both yellow and blue. Is your mind drawing a blank? That's because, even though those colors exist, you've probably never seen them. Red-green and yellow-blue are the so-called "forbidden colors." Composed of pairs of hues whose light frequencies automatically cancel each other out in the human eye, they're supposed to be impossible to see simultaneously.
The limitation results from the way we perceive color in the first place. Cells in the retina called "opponent neurons" fire when stimulated by incoming red light, and this flurry of activity tells the brain we're looking at something red. Those same opponent neurons are inhibited by green light, and the absence of activity tells the brain we're seeing green. Similarly, yellow light excites another set of opponent neurons, but blue light damps them. While most colors induce a mixture of effects in both sets of neurons, which our brains can decode to identify the component parts, red light exactly cancels the effect of green light (and yellow exactly cancels blue), so we can never perceive those colors coming from the same place.
Brain study explores what makes colors and numbers collide PhysOrg - November 17, 2011
Someone with the condition known as grapheme-color synesthesia might experience the number 2 in turquoise or the letter S in magenta. Now, researchers reporting their findings online in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on November 17 have shown that those individuals also show heightened activity in a brain region responsible for vision.
Different Colors Describe Happiness vs. Depression Live Science - February 9, 2010
Are you in a gray mood today? How about a blue funk? Maybe you're seeing red, because you're green with jealousy. The colors we use to describe emotions may be more useful than you think, according to new research. The study found that people with depression or anxiety were more likely to associate their mood with the color gray, while happier people preferred yellow. The results, which are detailed today in the journal BMC Medical Research Methodology, could help doctors gauge the moods of children and other patients who have trouble communicating verbally.
Red vs. Blue: Why Necktie Colors Matter Live Science - February 7, 2009
In high-stakes politics and business, there are only two colors of ties: red and blue. Oh, sure, you might spot purple or yellow now and then, but those are clear statements of aloofness, be they calculated or careless. Few world leaders or CEOs want to be seen as aloof. But does it matter whether one wears red or blue? Yes, suggest several studies, including a new one out today in the journal Science. More on that in a moment.
Using color as a medicine BBC News - January 20, 2002
Sitting by the pool surrounded by bright reds, blues and oranges in a modern abstract design, you would be forgiven for thinking you were at a spa in a hotel rather than in the hydrotherapy room at a major London hospital. The colors in this room make you feel good. In fact, you may even want to take a dip.
Missions to Mars
Since the 1960s, humans have robotically explored Mars more than any other planet beyond Earth. Currently, eight missions from the U.S., European Union, Russia, and India are actively orbiting Mars or roving across its surface. But getting safely to the red planet is no small feat. Of the 45 Mars missions launched since 1960, 26 have had some component fail to leave Earth, fall silent en route, miss orbit around Mars, burn up in the atmosphere, crash on the surface, or die prematurely.
More missions are on the horizon, including some designed to help search for Martian life. NASA is building its Mars 2020 rover to cache promising samples of Martian rock that a future mission would return to Earth. In 2020, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos plan to launch a rover named for chemist Rosalind Franklin, whose work was crucial to deciphering the structure of DNA. The rover will drill into Martian soil to hunt for signs of past and present life. Other countries are joining the fray, making space exploration more global in the process. In July 2020, the United Arab Emirates is slated to launch its Hope orbiter, which will study the Martian atmosphere.
Perhaps humans will one day join robots on the red planet. NASA has stated its goal to send humans back to the moon as a stepping-stone to Mars. Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, is building a massive vehicle called Starship in part to send humans to Mars. Will humans eventually build a scientific base on the Martian surface, like those that dot Antarctica? How will human activity affect the red planet or our searches for life there?
Time will tell. But no matter what, Mars will continue to occupy the human imagination, a glimmering red beacon in our skies and stories.