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Listen: How the First New Shade of Blue in 200 Years Was Found

Its makers call it YInMn Blue, named after the elements it consists of: yttrium, indium and manganese.

YInMn blue. Credit: Mas Subramanian/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

YInMn blue. Credit: Mas Subramanian/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

A lot of what we see around is defined by its colour. When a new colour is added, there are exciting new possibilities in terms of shades that are possible and how they may be used. A new shade of blue was discovered in Oregon, USA, which the makers called YInMn Blue, named after the elements it consists of: yttrium, indium and manganese. This is exciting because it’s the first new blue in over 200 years. Padmaparna Ghosh speaks to Professor Mas Subramanian, who developed this colour and who tells us what makes it so special.

This is the latest episode of The Intersection, a fortnightly podcast on Audiomatic. For more such podcasts visit audiomatic.in​.