Bluey McBlueface: The first new blue in 200 years is becoming a crayon
‘YInMn’. As a bunch of letters go, it’s a rather special bunch.
That’s because YInMn Blue — made from Yttrium, Indium and Manganese — is the name of the first new blue to be discovered in 200 years.
Now, Crayola is bringing the colour to the masses.
It wants you to help pick a new name — exciting!
Finding the new blue
YInMn was actually created by accident in 2009 by chemist Mas Subramanian and his team at Oregon State University who were exploring how to improve computer hard drives. (Before this, French chemist Louis Jacques Thenard found the last blue pigment, cobalt blue, in 1802).
Subramanian made his discovery while heating up materials and chemicals to temperatures of over 1000°C in a furnace, and was shocked when he found the vivid blue powder.
YInMn isn’t just a special colour either: it absorbs UV light and can resist extremely high temperatures.
It first hit the headlines last year, when it went on sale for the first time mixed into coatings, plastics and paint. And you can now play your part in science history as Crayola is bringing the colour into the mainstream.
What’ll you call your Crayola?
This month Crayola announced it’s going to make the new blue into a crayon.
“The new blue crayon colour will help Crayola to continue to inspire kids and kids at heart, to create everything imaginable,” said Smith Holland, CEO and President of Crayola.
Better yet, they’ve partnered with Subramanian to invite you to come up with a name for the new crayon that’s replacing Dandelion yellow (sorry Dandy).
Sadly, the sign-up form is only open to American and Canadians, but who doesn’t want to play a part in the naming of a colour that holds such scientific resonance? (We’ll be sending our suggestions to friends across the pond).
Plus, as we learned in the Boaty McBoatface debacle last year — naming stuff is fun.
Come on, Bluey McBlueface.
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