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By Happy Accident, Chemists Produce a New Blue
NY Times ^ | November 24, 2009 | KENNETH CHANG

Posted on 11/27/2009 10:40:14 PM PST by neverdem

Blue is sometimes not an easy color to make.

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.

The researchers were trying to make compounds with novel electronic properties, mixing manganese oxide, which is black, with other chemicals and heating them to high temperatures.

Then Mas Subramanian, a professor of material sciences, noticed that one of the samples that a graduate student had just taken out of the furnace was blue.

“I was shocked, actually,” Dr. Subramanian said...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: blue; chemistry; science
Mn3+ in Trigonal Bipyramidal Coordination: A New Blue Chromophore
1 posted on 11/27/2009 10:40:15 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Cool. Always been a fan of making my own oil paints with dry colors and good oil. I wonder how this will hold up to time


2 posted on 11/27/2009 10:45:38 PM PST by ezoeni (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x32cxf_yuri-bezmenov)
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To: neverdem

It's blue, by golly.

3 posted on 11/27/2009 10:49:54 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: neverdem

cool... my ‘01 Bullitt Mustang GT’s color is True Blue... I wonder if I need to trade up now :-)


4 posted on 11/27/2009 11:06:52 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: ccmay; neverdem

5 posted on 11/27/2009 11:11:18 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: ccmay

Sacre’ Bleu!


6 posted on 11/27/2009 11:11:39 PM PST by rfp1234 (R.I.P. Scotty 7/2007-11/2009.)
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To: neverdem

Not sure why I thought of this, but U. of Washington used to have a basketball player named Thalo Green. Kind of close to Oregon State.

Yes, his mother was an artist.


7 posted on 11/27/2009 11:13:10 PM PST by BigBobber
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To: ccmay

A woman in line at a supermarket once said, "Pardon me, I'm, not trying to be forward, but you have the bluest eyes that I have ever seen," I replied, "Thank you, but yes, I know." Blue runs in my veins. God reached deep to give us such a wonderfull color.

8 posted on 11/27/2009 11:28:16 PM PST by ExtremeUnction
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To: neverdem

I liked the old blue better. What was wrong with the old blue?


9 posted on 11/27/2009 11:32:08 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (whitey's over it.)
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To: neverdem; Salamander; Slings and Arrows; Markos33

Blue, Blue
Electric Blue
(snip)
Pale blinds drawn all day
Nothing to do, nothing to say
Blue, blue

(Must be FR poster’s block.)


10 posted on 11/27/2009 11:37:06 PM PST by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: BigBobber
"Not sure why I thought of this, but U. of Washington used to have a basketball player named Thalo Green. Kind of close to Oregon State. Yes, his mother was an artist."

Gary (IN) Roosevelt High School had a basketball player (All-State) named Ajax Triplett.

Yes, his mother was one of a team of three identical siblings who was the Chief Scrubber in their home-based janitorial service.
11 posted on 11/27/2009 11:44:13 PM PST by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: neverdem

Had the germans done this a hundred years ago it would hardly be a blip on the news radar.


12 posted on 11/27/2009 11:45:16 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: neverdem
(Sound of grey_whiskers purring.)

Thanks, bfl.

Cheers!

13 posted on 11/27/2009 11:53:35 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Sorry you didn’t hear about Old Blue, I laid him down out back some while ago, on his side, his good paw wrapped round the VW axle and the battery cable welded to his cast iron collar.

A tree’s done grown up through the floorpan and’s comin’ out the sunroof but the county come by and said that there’s an eyesore.


14 posted on 11/27/2009 11:55:38 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: SpaceBar

The fact that this discovery was made at such an elementary level of chemistry is perhaps why it is so newsworthy today. It went overlooked for such a long time; nobody in the dye biz knew about it.


15 posted on 11/27/2009 11:57:37 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America.)
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To: Old Professer

alas, ol’ blue.


16 posted on 11/27/2009 11:59:28 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (whitey's over it.)
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To: neverdem

Come on Bluuuuuuue, you good dog, too.


17 posted on 11/28/2009 12:26:56 AM PST by UbonGhostrider ( Fire for effect.)
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To: neverdem

Little boy Blue...


18 posted on 11/28/2009 12:31:20 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: neverdem

If a boy had a chance, a chance with someone like you
Are you gonna break his heart, let him cry for the moon
Are you hiding somewhere behind those eyes?

I just freeze every time you see through me
And it’s all over you, electric blue.
On my knees, help me baby,
Tell me, what can I do, electric blue.

Oh I had a dream, For a moment I believed it was true
Oh I’d have given anything just to be there with you
Are you hiding somewhere behind those eyes?

I just freeze every time you see through me
And it’s all over you, electric blue.
In too deep, standing here waiting
As I’m breaking in two, electric blue.
I can see, can see that it may be
Just a vision of you, electric blue.
On my knees, help me baby,
tell me what can I do, electric blue.

(help me baby)

Are you hiding somewhere behind those eyes?

I just freeze every time you see through me
And it’s all over you, electric blue.
In too deep, standing here waiting
As I’m breaking in two, electric blue.
I can see, can see that it may be
Just a vision of you, electric blue.
On my knees, help me baby,
Tell me, what can I do, electric blue.

I just freeze every time you see through me
And it’s all over you, electric blue.
In too deep, standing here waiting
As I’m breaking into, electric blue.
I can see, can see that it may be
Just a vision of you, electric blue.
On my knees, help me baby,
Tell me, what can I do, electric blue.

Electric blue
Electric blue
Electric blue


19 posted on 11/28/2009 1:58:18 AM PST by ROTB ("By any means necessary" is evil. See what God thinks of "rising oceans" in Jeremiah 5:22)
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To: neverdem

It’s eighty miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!


20 posted on 11/28/2009 4:31:15 AM PST by stefanbatory (Weed out the RINOs! Sign the pledge. conservativepledge.org)
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To: neverdem
Blue?? pffft....I like RED!

sammy hagar
21 posted on 11/28/2009 6:40:45 AM PST by 2sheds
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To: neverdem

“The bluest skies you’ll ever see are in Seattle” — yah, sure.


22 posted on 11/28/2009 8:32:04 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: sionnsar

Agree. It should be “the bluest skies you’ve never seen are in Seattle”.


23 posted on 11/28/2009 8:36:46 AM PST by behzinlea
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To: neverdem

Is it just a coincidence that excited a producing “blue” in a blue state?


24 posted on 11/28/2009 8:39:50 AM PST by ThomasThomas (Sometimes I like nuts. That's why I am here.)
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To: stefanbatory

The Brothers leaving Joliet ...


25 posted on 11/28/2009 2:55:40 PM PST by GOPJ (Anthropogenic global warming-the most costly and widespread scientific fraud in history-James Lewis)
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To: neverdem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emM_juVdzds


26 posted on 11/29/2009 11:47:53 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: Impy

Thanks for the link.


27 posted on 11/29/2009 4:18:05 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

It’s a catchy song.


28 posted on 11/29/2009 9:57:42 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: neverdem

If it burns blue, this is a major advancement for fireworks. Blue cannot be done at present from what I know and is the elusive color.


29 posted on 11/30/2009 7:10:09 PM PST by wireplay
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To: stefanbatory

I LOVE that movie.

The last time I saw it I was in the hospital - in stitches - and I got laughing so hard I had to turn off the television.


30 posted on 11/30/2009 7:23:09 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: ccmay; neverdem
I'm not surprised it contains manganese oxide.

Some years ago, barium manganate, manganese blue (Pigment Blue 33 to colourmen and chemists) was available to artists. It is the most beautiful cyan blue you can imagine, almost exactly the color of process blue. It was removed from production when it was determined its manufacturing process was too polluting. It was once used to dye concrete, but was also used in oil and watercolor paints.

I still have some tubes of it. Almost no paint companies still carry it.

Old Holland still carries it. I understand this paint company's owner bought up the last of this rare and beautiful pigment.


31 posted on 11/30/2009 7:43:36 PM PST by thecodont
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