The world's favorite color
is blue. Let's just be honest. Now all the blue lovers can celebrate: Oregon State University scientists just discovered a brand new shade of blue..... and I LOVE IT!
The name is YInMn blue
("What does that mean?")......well in two short words, it's absolutely incredible
. YInMn, which is short for the chemicals that it is made from (Yttrium, Indium and Manganese, for all of those scientists and chemistry geniuses), was discovered earlier in 2009.
But now, it is officially licensed for commercial use and already being used by some artists (including me) in the art world and market place.
So this is what makes this new pigment so cool!!! This newly discovered pigment has a special crystal structure that only absorbs red and green wavelengths of light. Here is an easier way of understanding: It only reflects the color blue!
What I love the most about this unique hue is that it is so durable that it doesn't fade, even in oil and water.
Another interesting aspect about this pigment is that it is non-toxic, unlike previously existing blue pigments (cough, cobalt blue and Prussian blue), according to Artnet News.
The pigment was discovered by accident (which makes this even cooler) when OSU chemists were conducting electronic experiments. They heated black manganese oxide with other chemicals to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, one of the samples turned out to be this newly discovered BLUE!
LOOKS LIKE SOME AMAZING CREATIONS JUST HAPPEN OUT OF THE BLUE! (HAHA!)
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