London: To err is human and, in some cases, it has led to great things like penicillin and chocolate chip cookies. Recently, history repeated itself when a researcher stumbled upon the newest shade of blue.
Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian had been experimenting with magnanese oxides, looking into their electronic properties, when he discovered the colour, the Mirror reported.
He named it YInMn Blue after the elements it's made up of - Yttrium, Indium and Manganese.
YInMn blue was in fact discovered back in 2009, but it was only when the Shepherd Color Company noticed both its unique hue and properties that it was licensed.
Mas noted that this hue is working hard to make the world a better place as it does not require any toxic chemicals to make.
He added, "We already knew it had advantages of being more durable, safe and fairly easy to produce. Now it also appears to be a new candidate for energy efficiency."
It has also become a popular choice among artists because of its vivid color and resistant properties.