Friday, 27 November 2009

Blue, Blue Electric Blue...

Thanks Angela Braun for bringing the following to my attention.

"Blue pigments of the past have often been expensive (ultramarine blue was made from the gemstone lapis lazuli, ground up), poisonous (cobalt blue is a possible carcinogen and Prussian blue, another well-known pigment, can leach cyanide) or apt to fade (many of the organic ones fall apart when exposed to acid or heat).

So it was a pleasant surprise to chemists at Oregon State University when they created a new, durable and brilliantly blue pigment by accident...."

Click here to read the full article from The New York Times

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