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Remember Vanta Black? Well, Get Ready for 'Superwhite'

It's whiter than white.
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No, it’s not a reference to the Karens of the world. “Superwhite” is now the new name of a super white paint that’s so white, it reflects so much light that it can cool a surface to below the current air temperature. Even when the sun is glaring down.

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In the same way that Vantablack absorbs up to 99.9 percent of light—including your soul—Superwhite reflects it.

According to researchers at Purdue University, the super white paint that they developed was successful at radiating heat and cooling a surface to 1.7 decreed Celsius below the surrounding area—at noon. It managed to reflect 95.5 percent of solar energy, which is a step up from the current heat-reflective paints on the market.

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Head researcher and Purdue professor Xiulin Ruan says his team’s “superwhite” invention is thinner, cheaper, and could be easily scaled up compared to other paints. For homes located in warm climates, “superwhite” roofs and walls could potentially save you $50 (or P2,400) per month on your electricity bill.

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On a serious note, this cooling paint comes at a crucial time when global warming is being acutely felt in many parts of the world. A paint that’s successful in reflecting heat will do wonders for tropical countries like the Philippines. Consider it free air-conditioning.

Now our most important question yet: Is it on Lazada yet?

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