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Nuñez J.R., Anderton C.R., and Renslow R.S. PLOS ONE 13(7): e0199239

It’s time to use fewer colors in scientific figures, some experts say

When used to display maps and other data, the rainbow color scheme can confuse viewers, especially those who are colorblind. To combat this problem, scientists created a new yellow and blue scale called civdis to be both appealing and accurate, Scientific American reports. In a study in PLOS ONE, researchers created civdis in a warm and cool color combination visible for those with red-green color blindness, making figures more pleasing to the eye than the most accessible color gradient, gray-scale.

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