Ive heard that our blood is blue and that it only turns red once it is mixed with oxygen, hence why we have blue veins. If this is true, what would happen if we cut ourself in space, would be see dripping blue blood???

It is not true. Your veins look blue because of the refraction of more red light by the tissue around them (basically). Take a piece of white paper, punch a hole in it and place it over your wrist. If you screen out the surrounding area this way you will see that the vein no longer looks blue.

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Ever donated plasma? They take the blood from your veins through little plastic tubes to the machine that separates it out. The little plastic tubes are transparent, and you can see that the blood is actually a deep burgundy color. Veins just look blue through the skin.

That’s my contribution to world knowledge for today, think I’ll just head on back to MPSIMS now…

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Quite right, although arterial blood is a much brighter red than venous, also people really do turn blue when they’re hypoxic,

Yes Larry, but cyanosis is a different issue entirely.

(Cyanosis? Isn’t he that guy with the bigh nose?)

Doc, you’re thinking of Jimmy Durante. Steve Martin’s nose was a prosthesis. (Of course, if you had Cyanosis, your prosthesis wouldn’t be very good.)


Better keep listening. Might be a bit about ‘Blessed are the big noses.’

A search in the archives is often enlightening: If blood is red, why do veins look blue?

Believe the guy’s name is Cyranosis :smiley:

What color would arteries seem to have if they were located under the skin like veins are? Would they look

a) blue like veins because of the effect quoted in the mailbag article? or

b) lighter blue or colorless or something because there isn’t a sufficient share of blue in light red (oxygenated) blood as opposed to dark red (carbonated?) blood?

Are you trying to tell us that your arteries AREN’T under your skin? That sounds like it would be pretty gross to look at, not to mention a real design flaw.

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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Carbonated blood? let’s shake him up and watch him fizz.

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