National Geographic
National Geographic 8 Dec 2020

An Accidental Case of the Blues

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Pigments color the world all around us, but where do those colors come from? Historically, they've come from crushed sea snails, beetles, and even ground-up mummies. But new pigments are still being discovered in unexpected places, and for researcher Mas Subramanian, a new color came, well, out of the blue. Overheard's Amy Briggs ventured into the National Geographic photo studio to see the new color—the first blue pigment of its kind discovered since Thomas Jefferson was president.


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California Governor Gavin Newsom and Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke Wednesday about the first case of a more transmissible strain of the coronavirus detected in California. The variant, which was first identified in the U.K., has also been reported in Colorado, and Fauci said it is likely present in other states as well. Watch their remarks.
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