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In 2009, Mas Subramanian, a materials science professor at Oregon State University at Corvallis, accidentally created a new color. Called YInMn blue (pronounced YIN-min), the pigment was the first blue to be discovered in more than 200 years. As is the case with many historical discoveries, it was completely by accident. When Subramanian found YInMn, he “wasn’t looking for a pigment or even mixing ingredients thought capable of making a distinctive color,” according to Bloomberg. YInMn quickly attracted its fair share of media attention. “HP wanted to know if the pigment could be converted to an ink. Chanel was interested in it for cosmetics. Merck wondered about skincare. Nike was curious whether it could be used in sneaker leather to keep feet cool. With YInMn, Subramanian can create tones of green, orange, and even purple. But red? Red is his next discovery, and this time, Subramanian hopes, it won’t be by accident.

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