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First new shade of blue in 2 centuries discovered

It may not be Douglas Adams’s superintelligent Hooloovoo, but chemists have now licensed the first new shade of blue to be created in 2 centuries, NPR reports. While mixing chemicals to make new components for electronics in 2009, a graduate student created the compound, called YInMn after its chemical components yttrium, indium, and manganese oxides. The intense blue pigment could soon be appearing in paints, dyes, and more.