In 2009, scientists at Oregon State University accidentally stumbled on a discovery: a new color. The "near-perfect" pigment, named YInMn blue, was discovered when the researchers heated manganese oxide and other chemicals to nearly 2,000°F (1,200°C), even though they were actually conducting an experiment about electronics, not color. The pigment is unique in that it can withstand fading from oil or water, making it especially appealing to art restorations. And, unlike Prussian blue or Cobalt blue pigments, the new blue does not contain carcinogens or release toxins. Its highly reflective nature also means YInMn blue may be painted on houses to reflect light and keep them cool. It was announced in June 2016 that the new pigment would soon be available as paint in the commercial market. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.
Written by Curiosity Staff July 8, 2016
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