February 2015

  1. How Do Electric Cars Use Magnets?

    How Do Electric Cars Use Magnets?
    Almost anything that uses a motor or electricity to operate is built with magnets. That means cars also have them. In fact, magnets can be found in multiple places other than the motor in some cars. Unlike traditional automobiles, electric cars are powered by electricity rather than gas, so they have no tank. Instead, they have large batteries or fuel cells and “fueling up” is much like plugging into an outlet. According to an analysis by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), there were over 400,000 electric powered cars on the road in early 2014. Each of those requires magnetism in order to work.  When it comes to electric cars, magnets are essential. How are magnets used in electric cars? Continue reading →
  2. DIY Dr. Seuss Magnets

    DIY Dr. Seuss Magnets
    Almost everyone can remember reading the rhyming and imaginative books of Dr. Seuss as a child. Some of his stories like The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas have become so well-known that many of us can probably recite pieces of them by heart. Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel would have turned 111 on March 2nd. To mark the famous writer’s birthday, teachers, celebrities and many others are celebrating by reading his stories and doing Seuss-themed activities. If you have some old Dr. Seuss books, here’s a neat glass magnet tutorial to try. Continue reading →
  3. DIY Leprechaun Hat Magnets

    DIY Leprechaun Hat Magnets
    Saint Patty’s Day will be here before you know it! The holiday first arose as a day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland with a day of feasting. Now, there are even more ways to celebrate on March 17th. All around the globe, people celebrate not only St. Patrick, but the Irish culture in general, with festive parades, drinks, dances, music, and green everywhere. Here is one DIY project that you can do to celebrate, DIY Leprechaun Hat Magnets. Continue reading →
  4. Preserve Four-Leaf Clover in a Magnet

    Preserve Four-Leaf Clover in a Magnet
    Four-leaf clovers have become one of the main symbols associated with St. Patrick’s Day, Irish culture and good luck. However, finding one is tough. In fact, the chances of doing so are approximately 10,000 to 1. So, if you do get one, you’ll want to hold on to it. This DIY shows how you can preserve a four-leaf clover forever in a resin magnet. Continue reading →
  5. What are the different types of magnets?

    What are the different types of magnets?
    There are several different types of magnets, each with their own set of characteristics. If you are using magnets in any DIY, home improvement or science project it is important to know the differences to choose the best magnet for the job. First, it is important to mention that there’s also a subset of magnets━permanent and electromagnet. Electromagnets require a source of electricity and can be turned on or off, whereas, permanent magnets retain their magnetism. In this blog, we are focusing on permanent magnets. The main types are: Continue reading →
  6. How to Go Fishing With Magnets

    How to Go Fishing With Magnets
    Magnet fishing is more like going treasure hunting in the water than it is like actual fishing. In other words, you won’t catch any fish with this method, unless they are made completely of iron or some other strongly magnetic material. Some treasure hunters throw magnets in lakes and other water ways to attract magnetic metals and pull them up. The hope is that something valuable will surface, but often miscellaneous items like bottle caps and keys are found as well. In fact, strong lifting magnets called magnet retrieval tools are specially designed to retrieve items that are lost at the bottom of bodies of water. However, if you simply wanted to try out magnet fishing and are not looking to retrieve larger, heavier items from the water, you can easily create your own magnet fishing tool. Continue reading →
  7. The Creature with Magnetic Armor: Scaly-Foot Snail

    The Creature with Magnetic Armor: Scaly-Foot Snail
    Snails may be best known for their achingly slow pace, but the scaly-foot snail is known for something else━its super powered magnetic shell. The scaly-foot gastropod lives around water or deep sea environments and wasn’t discovered until 2001. Continue reading →
  8. What is the Magnetosphere?

    What is the Magnetosphere?
    Planets that have magnetic fields also have a magnetosphere. Venus and Mars are the only planets that do not have a magnetic field and some scientists believe that the loss of their magnetic fields could have been the reason why they lost their oceans. The Earth’s magnetic field protects us from space debris and the charged particles of solar winds. If solar winds break through the atmosphere, they can emit dangerous radiation. Continue reading →
  9. DIY Mardi Gras Mask Magnets

    DIY Mardi Gras Mask Magnets
    Today is Fat Tuesday, also known as one of the most festive times of the year━Mardi Gras. Traditionally, Mardi Gras is celebrated by wearing colorful masks and costumes, eating delicious food and going to parades. The mask wearing tradition began as a way for their wearers to escape class restraints and social barriers in medieval times. Now, they are more of a fun decorative piece and are the inspiration for our latest DIY blog: Mardi Gras mask magnets. Read on to find out how to make your own. Continue reading →
  10. What is Electromagnetic Radiation?

    What is Electromagnetic Radiation?
    X-rays, radio waves and visible light are all examples of electromagnetic radiation (EMR). What is electromagnetic radiation? It is a form of energy that travels in the form of electromagnetic waves, which are created when electricity and magnetism come together. James Clerk Maxwell first discovered the existence of these waves around 1860, but it wasn’t until Heinrich Hertz built a device that produced radio waves that their existence was proven. Hertz’ experiment proved not only that electromagnetic waves existed, but that they are a form of light. Continue reading →

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