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Scientists create the world's whitest PAINT that reflects up to 98.1% of sunlight

Engineers in the US claim to have created 'the whitest paint yet' – which they say will help tackle global warming.

The ultra-white coating, developed at Purdue University in Indiana, reflects up to 98.1 per cent of sunlight while sending away infrared heat.

Currently, paints on the market designed to reject heat only reflect somewhere between 80 and 90 per cent of sunlight.

Buildings in hot climates coated with the new paint would stay cool more efficiently, reducing the need for air conditioning technology.