Colors certainly make the world a much brighter place to live. From pink to purple, orange to blue and every other color of the rainbow, it’s hard to imagine anything being able to improve upon our existing spectrum. But an accidental result during a scientific experiment did just that, and now this incredible new shade will soon be available to add even more color to our lives.
Back in 2009, Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian created a shade of blue that was pure perfection. YInMn, as it was deemed (super catchy, no?), earned the title of a “near-perfect” pigment after Mas and his team mixed black manganese oxide with “other chemicals” during unidentified experiments. When the mixture was heated to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, a super bright blue was created, and a new hue was born.
When exposed to different elements, the color refused to fade, making it not only absolutely gorgeous but also ideal for various practical uses — particularly, home decorating. That’s also because this mixture doesn’t include any of the toxic ingredients that are normally found in other paints.
The shade — which is made up of Yttrium, Indium and Manganese, hence the name — will soon be sold for use in commercial coating and plastics. And that’s just the start. The blue also has an infrared reflectivity that could one day be used for roof shingles, making them much cooler temperature-wise. Cool, indeed!
Perhaps you’ll soon be able to coat your entire house in this strikingly bright blue. And your car. And fill up an entire wardrobe with YInMn. And…
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(h/t Cosmopolitan, photos via Oregon State University, Getty)