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31 March 2016

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Enchroma glasses, Yuri Dojc, images from outer space and a two-cent flash diffuser.

  • "Between 8-12 percent of white males and about 0.5 percent of females have some form of color vision deficiency," we wrote in January 2000 in an article about online color tests. Brandon Adam writes about his color blindness, the Ishihara tests for it and the Enchroma glasses that compensate for it. Here's the Enchroma video (Kleenex warning):
  • In Seeing Holocaust survivors' stories in the books they left behind, Jeffrey Brown interviews photographer Yuri Dojc about his beautiful photographs of decaying books. "Beautiful, but horrible at the same time, as the sense of history set in, for this was a Jewish schoolhouse, left as it had been in 1942, as Jews were being rounded up and taken by train to the concentration camp at Auschwitz," Brown explains. "You don't take photographs with your eyes," Dojc learned from this project. "You take them with your brains."
  • In Images From Offworld, Alan Taylor presents 31 photos not taken on earth as "a recent photo album of our solar system -- a set of family portraits -- as seen by our astronauts and mechanical emissaries." Stunning enough to stay home from school to explore.
  • Make a Two-Cent Flash Diffuser for your dSLR's popup flash with this pattern and a piece of white paper (parchment paper recommended). Or, you know, repurpose a white shower cap.

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