NASA has developed a new type of paint, called 'Pressure-Sensitive Paint,' that will help to increase the aerodynamics of all sorts of aircraft, from jets to helicopters. But what might be more notable than the technical capabilities of the Pressure-Sensitive Paint is its appearance: when exposed to blue light, the paint glows fluorescent pink.
The Pressure-Sensitive Paint itself doesn't actually improve the aerodynamics of aircraft designs. Rather, the paint's capabilities allow NASA researchers to better assess the impact of various designs that they are in the process of testing. According to NASA, the paint is currently contributing to aircraft innovations that could "cut fuel use in half, pollution by some 75 percent and noise to nearly one-eight of what it is today."