Many of science‘s greatest discoveries have been accidental in nature—take the one stumbled upon by Mas Subramanian in 2009, when he was working on a series of experiments toward developing new materials for use in electronic equipment. He and his team of scientists accidentally created a new shade of blue—one that doesn’t fade in oil or water. It’s called YInMn blue, and seven years after its discovery it’s finally being made available for commercial use.
Artists and manufacturers will be able to start using YInMn blue in their work sometime later this year thanks to a new licensing agreement with the Shepherd Color Company, who holds the rights to the chemical process that is used to create the unique new pigment.
Then, I suppose it will only be a matter of time before you start seeing YInMn blue pop up all over the place—although to you, it will probably just look like blue, albeit a particularly vivid one. You can read more about the new shade of blue right here.