October 2014

  1. Google X Wants To Beat Diseases With Magnetic Nanoparticles

    Google X Wants To Beat Diseases With Magnetic Nanoparticles
    Google has a “secret” laboratory called Google X that works on a wide range of things from self-driving cars to hoverboards. Now, Google X has a new project━fighting cancer and other diseases with magnetic nanoparticles and a magnetic wearable device. The idea behind the project is to diagnose diseases at the earliest stages to increase the chance of successfully fighting them. Continue reading →
  2. What Would Happen If Earth’s Magnetic Field Disappeared?

    What Would Happen If Earth’s Magnetic Field Disappeared?
    What could possibly be scarier than the ghosts and ghouls that come out on Halloween? We can think of a few things. One of those is the thought of an Earth without a magnetic field. You may have heard that the magnetic field poles are about to flip━within the next 100 years according to some scientists. Although the flipping of the magnetic poles sounds scary, it has occurred many times before and hasn’t had a catastrophic effect for life on Earth. However, if the magnetic field completely vanished, there could be some major repercussions. Would Magnets Still Work Without Earth’s Magnetic Field? Continue reading →
  3. Spooky Science Experiments for Halloween

    Spooky Science Experiments for Halloween
    From Frankenstein to ghost hunting, science has long been referenced in Halloween stories. Although the science behind the spooky stories is sometimes flawed, we can’t help but admire the creative efforts of storytellers. Therefore, in the spirit of Halloween, we have put together some of the spookiest science experiment ideas that are perfect for teaching science while still  having scary fun. Continue reading →
  4. Tips to Separate High Powered Magnets

    Tips to Separate High Powered Magnets
    Some of our magnets are strong, really strong. If you’ve ever ordered any neodymium magnets from us, or have simply experimented with high powered magnets, you know that once opposite poles attract, it can be tough to separate them. Also, getting in the way of two attracting poles is dangerous and could result in broken glass or bones. When using strong magnets it is important to follow safety rules and tips. Below are some tips that we have compiled for separating strong magnets. Continue reading →
  5. Build a Levitating Model Train Track with Magnets

    Build a Levitating Model Train Track with Magnets
    Maglev trains are powered by magnetic levitation technology. If you have ever heard about or ridden on one of these high speed trains, then you may already know that they hover above the track. This is because their design is based on the Meissner effect. When cooled to a super low temperature, superconducting materials like Yttrium-barium-copper-oxide enter a state of zero electrical resistance, expel magnetic fields and can levitate. You can build your own mini Maglev train and track, with a few simple materials and construction. We have outlined some steps and supplies below, however, this method differs from the Maglev train technology. Read on, and see if you can guess how this design is different. Continue reading →
  6. Last-Minute Magnet Halloween Costume Ideas

    Last-Minute Magnet Halloween Costume Ideas
    It’s almost Halloween, and if you haven’t found a costume yet, then have no fear! We have compiled a list of some low-budget, last-minute costume ideas. Since we love magnets and science, we’ve themed this list around magnets and magnetism. Therefore, it may be a little cheesy, but we did warn you. Continue reading →
  7. What is Gauss Rating and How to Use a Gauss Meter

    What is Gauss Rating and How to Use a Gauss Meter
    First, to understand what a gaussmeter is, we need to know what gauss rating means. Gauss is the unit that measures magnetic field B, or magnetic flux density. It was named for the German mathematician and physicist that built the early instrument to measure magnetic fields, Carl Friedrich Gauss. His version was essentially a bar magnet suspended by some string. Continue reading →
  8. Frankenstein Magnets

    Frankenstein Magnets
    Did you know that there is an actual Frankenstein Day? In August, there is one to celebrate the writer Mary Shelley’s birthday, but there is also one this month. The last Friday of October is Frankenstein Friday and it just so happens that this year it falls on Halloween. It has been two centuries since Shelley wrote Frankenstein, but everyone is still familiar with the monster tale that has become one of the main symbols of Halloween. This month you can celebrate Frankenstein and general October spookiness with these Frankenstein fridge magnets! Continue reading →
  9. Is It Magnetic? An Experiment

    Is It Magnetic? An Experiment
    Magnetism is an essential science lesson, and you can make teaching about it loads of fun with some creative tools. For a beginner, learning about the complex world of magnetism can seem a bit daunting. However, if you start with the basics and this creative experiment, it should be easier to move onto some more advanced concepts. One of the most basic magnet lessons is figuring out what is and what is not magnetic. In other words, what do magnets attract (besides other magnets)? A fun way to do this is with a magnetic test experiment. Continue reading →
  10. Music and Magnets

    Music and Magnets
    Did you know that magnets are in some musical instruments? In fact, musical instruments like the electric guitar may not have been invented without the help of magnets. In order to amplify the sound emitted from an instrument, the electric guitar was invented by George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker in the 1930s. Beauchamp and Rickenbacker built an electromagnetic pickup, a device that captures mechanical vibrations and transmits them as an electrical signal. This device was created by wrapping coils of wire around a magnet to create a magnetic field that allowed the sounds to be amplified and recorded and alas, created the electric guitar. In honor of the long, melodious relationship between magnets and music, we have compiled a list of some of our other favorite musical magnetic innovations. Continue reading →

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