This Scientist Discovered A New Blue–And Now Crayola Is Making It Into A Crayon

By Katharine Schwab

YInMn Blue, the first new blue pigment in 200 years, was created in a lab accident.

The chemist and University of Oregon professor Mas Subramanian was focused on discovering exotic materials to use in electronics. But to his surprise, he became known for accidentally creating something quite different: a color called YInMn blue–the first new blue pigment in centuries. Now, Subramanian’s pigment is serving as the inspiration for Crayola’s newest crayon.

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