September 2014

  1. How to Build a Magnetic Murphy Desk

    How to Build a Magnetic Murphy Desk
    In a small house or apartment, space can be tight. If you’ve lived in a small home, you’ve probably come up with a few tricks of your own to amplify the space that you have. One idea to help save space is to build a Murphy desk. You may have heard the term “murphy” used when referring to the bed━the Murphy bed, named for its patented inventor, William Lawrence Murphy. The bed folds up to fit into a vertical wall, and this DIY follows the same concept. You can fold the desk up when you’re not using it and pull it out when you need it. Continue reading →
  2. Magnet Experiments: Build a Speaker with Magnets

    Magnet Experiments: Build a Speaker with Magnets
    Can you imagine life without music? Well, without magnets it would be pretty difficult to listen to it. Did you know that magnets are inside speakers and headphones? Magnets allow us to hear the music that we love so much. You can even create your own DIY set of speakers with some magnets and learn a little bit about audio, electricity and science in the process. There are tons of variations on homemade speakers, even a Mason jar version. But, we have created a simple version for those of you that would like to try it out! Continue reading →
  3. Magnetic Storage Solutions For Fall

    Magnetic Storage Solutions For Fall
    There is no more denying it━autumn is officially here and if you’ve been procrastinating putting away your summer items and other gear there are a few tricks that you can use to make the task a little easier. You can use these tips and tricks to store away summer items, while making room to display your fall attire and other belongings. Continue reading →
  4. Weird Magnet Fact: Animals Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field

    Weird Magnet Fact: Animals Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field
    Unless we have magnetic implants or are cyborgs, humans don’t really detect the Earth’s magnetic field. Sure, we know that it exists thanks to the contributions from various scientists like William Gilbert and Walter M. Elsasser. But, we don’t naturally sense it. Yet, certain animals do sense the Earth’s magnetic field and even use it to guide them like a GPS, or navigation system. The first recorded observation that suggested animals have a magnetic ‘sixth sense’ occurred in 1957 when a researcher in Germany noticed that robins in a cage were getting restless during the migratory season. Since then, a number of studies have been done on various species to test whether or not they had the same magnetic detection abilities. Here are a few animals that some scientists believe can sense the magnetic field and how they use it. Continue reading →
  5. How Magnets Are Used In Prosthetics

    How Magnets Are Used In Prosthetics
    Magnets are in so many items that we use today, that we often do not even realize it. Much like screws and bolts, magnets have become a typical component in various machinery, technology and other devices. A prosthetic, is just one example of a device in which you’ll likely find magnets. Believe it or not, they are commonly used in certain types of prosthetics, both for limb mobility and for cosmetic purposes. More often though, they are used to secure facial prosthetics in place. Continue reading →
  6. Tips for Sewing Magnets Into Clothing

    Tips for Sewing Magnets Into Clothing
    At first, you may think magnets have very little to do with fashion. However, some clothes may use button magnets or magnetic clasps for interchangeability or to help those with limited hand mobility easily fasten and unfasten garments. Believe it or not, there are several companies that specifically design clothing with magnetic buttons to help those with Parkinson’s, arthritis and other similar ailments. Magnetic clasps are useful because they are virtually effortless to open and close but can still maintain a secure, magnetic hold. Continue reading →
  7. National Comic Book Day Magnets

    National Comic Book Day Magnets
    September 25th is National Comic Book Day! After Action Comics #1Superman was first released in 1938 the format gradually rose to popularity and has still remained a fond pastime. Today, we often see comic book characters outside of their multipanel pages. They come to life on TV and movie screens and make appearances on merchandise ranging from clothes, home decor, school supplies and almost anything else that you can imagine.  If you are a fan of flying superheroes or the maniacal villains they keep at bay, then you’ll want to see these DIYs to celebrate National Comic Book Day. Continue reading →
  8. Magnet Experiments: Magnets and Eddy Currents

    Magnet Experiments: Magnets and Eddy Currents
    A common experiment in the physics field is the age-old, “drop a magnet down a tube” trick, which is actually an example of eddy currents and Lenz’s law in action. Eddy currents are circular electric currents that are produced by conductors in a changing magnetic field. In other words, when a magnet is dropped down a circular, metallic tube it falls slower because the electrons from the magnet and the tube counteract each other, pushing the magnet against the forces of gravity. This is a demonstration of Lenz’s law, which was named for the German physicist who discovered it, Heinrich Lenz. Continue reading →
  9. Magnetic Hacks To Turn Your Home Into A Haunted House

    Magnetic Hacks To Turn Your Home Into A Haunted House
    Bring out the fake cobwebs, pumpkins and skeletons from your closet, because it is that time of year again-Halloween time! We like to get into the spooky spirit of Halloween by decorating everything in sight. If you also share an affinity for the scariest day of the year, then here are some creative ways to turn your home into your very own haunted house! Continue reading →
  10. What Are Magnetic Poles and How to Identify Them

    What Are Magnetic Poles and How to Identify Them
    All magnets have exactly two poles-a north and a south. Some scientists theorize that a magnet with one pole called a monopole is possible, but the feat has yet to be achieved. In fact, if you were to take a bar magnet and cut it in half, the two pieces would separate and form new sets of poles. In other words, no matter how many times you cut the magnet, the pieces will have a North and a South pole. Continue reading →

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