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There’s A New Blue In Town!

February 5, 2021
By Mas Subramanian – Mas Subramanian, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49854366

Of all the colors, blue is one of the few that’s difficult to extract from natural substances, which is why the blue pigment is manufactured. This is the Cobalt Blue, first produced in 1807. Now, a new manufactured blue pigment has been discovered by researchers. The YInMn Blue is a combination of three chemicals (Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese) and this is a big deal in the world of colors, where scientists have been trying to create a blue pigment (as an extracted color) for centuries. So what next? Well, the biggest step—testing—is done. The government has approved the pigment almost twelve years after the color was discovered. The pigment is also literally cool, in that it reflects most radiation, thus keeping the surface it is painted on rather cool. Which is better than Cobalt, which fades over time and doesn’t reflect heat too well.