Getting ready to buy a new car? You might want to pay attention to new research showing that people driving silver-colored cars are 50% less likely to be injured in a serious crash. Even white cars don’t protect you as well as silver. Researcher Sue Furness says, “We think it may be due to a combination of light color and high reflectivity.”

Shaoni Bhattacharya writes in New Scientist that white, yellow, gray, red and blue cars all have about the same crash risk, but black, brown or green cars are twice as likely to get into a crash causing serious injury.

Roger Vincent, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, says, “If there’s proof that certain colors are safer and easier to see in all road conditions that might be useful to people in terms of purchasing a car.”

What about gold? Learn the secrets of the ancient white powder gold on this week’s Dreamland. And subscribers get instructions on how to make it themselves! [Note: the first version of the subscriber interview this week was faulty, but we have corrected that and now you won’t have any trouble listening to it].

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