Just when we thought Cobalt Blue would be the last blue to be discovered, we were proved wrong!
In 2009, an Oregon State University professor and chemist, Mas Subramanian, made an accidental discovery in his lab when a student mixed together yttrium, indium, and manganese oxide -all of which are chemical compounds that contain oxygen.
The outcome? A bright new blue colour that Subramanian’s lab calls ‘YInMn’.
Subramanian immediately filed for a patent, happily claiming that most science discoveries come from an unexpected place.
Of course, when Crayola heard of the new colour they wanted to make it into a new crayon, which worked out well considering that YInMn Blue could take the place of the recently-retired yellow crayon, Dandelion.
According to Crayola, the crayon is projected to be available by the end of 2017, so get excited!
The only thing delaying the new crayon’s epic release is FDA testing. Once the new blue’s toxicity levels are cleared, watch out world because there’s a new blue in town!
But even more exciting than YInMn Blue making its way to the market, is the competition Crayola is having to rename the new crayon, which is understandable considering that YInMn Blue is a bit of a mouthful.
Oh, and did I mention that the winner of the competition will be rewarded with a $100 Crayola prize? Who knew a new colour could be so fun?