May 2015

  1. New Type of Magnet Has Potential to Transform Electronics

    New Type of Magnet Has Potential to Transform Electronics
    Researchers at the University of Maryland and Temple discovered a new class of swelling magnets, which are magnets that expand when they contact a magnetic field. When these cool magnets encounter a magnetic field, they not only expand. They release very little heat. Continue reading →
  2. How Does the Hyperloop Train Use Magnets?

    How Does the Hyperloop Train Use Magnets?
    Recently, there has been a lot of hype about Elon Musk’s Hyperloop train. Musk, who is no stranger to innovation and entrepreneurship, has also founded Tesla Motors, PayPal and SpaceX. The Hyperloop train, a high-speed mode of transportation is his latest venture. The Hyperloop would use a system of tubes and pods to get people from one place to another faster than ever before. According to CNN, it would travel twice as fast as the fastest train in the world, the Maglev. The Maglev train zips on top of a magnetically levitated track at an average 286 mph but has been clocked at speeds slightly over 310 mph. In other words, the Hyperloop train could potentially travel at records speeds between 600 and 700 mph, according to its creators. How could it travel at such high speeds? Continue reading →
  3. 3 Ground-Breaking Robotics Made Possible With Magnets

    3 Ground-Breaking Robotics Made Possible With Magnets
    When it comes to super powerful magnets, we often think, “the bigger, the better.” However, even though it is usually the enormous magnets that are strong enough to destroy items with their magnetic force, small magnets are powerful in their own ways. For example, small rare earth magnets help to power our phones, TVs and mobile devices.  When it comes to robotics and nanotechnology, they are crucial. Continue reading →
  4. 4 Things You Can Hang On The Wall With Magnets

    4 Things You Can Hang On The Wall With Magnets
    Redecorating helps keep a room fresh and interesting. Whether it’s your office space or your living room, there are endless opportunities to change things up. The walls are a great place to start when redecorating. But if you’re renting a space or don’t have the right equipment, you probably don’t want to put holes in the wall. So, in order to make sure you get your security deposit back, use magnets instead of nails or screws. From posters to organizers, here are a few ways to hang things on your wall with magnets. Continue reading →
  5. DIY Magnet Earrings

    DIY Magnet Earrings
    Magnet earrings don’t require you to pierce your ears. Although, getting your ears pierced is pretty normal today many people don’t like the idea of poking holes in their ears with sharp needles. Some of you can’t keep your ears pierced without getting an infection. Or maybe you have your ears pierced in one place, but don’t want to pay for a new piercing. No matter what your reason, here is an easy DIY craft for magnetic earrings. Continue reading →
  6. Preserve Summer Flowers and Seashells with DIY Magnets

    Preserve Summer Flowers and Seashells with DIY Magnets
    Now that summer is underway, blooming flowers and trips to the beach are the norm. If you love the warm summer season and hate when fall and cold weather arrives, here’s one way to keep a little piece of summer all year round--DIY magnets. The next time you go outside or stroll along the beach take some souvenirs like seashells, sand or flower petals. Once you have collected all your souvenirs, preserve them with this easy DIY magnet activity. Continue reading →
  7. The Magnetic Fields of Our Solar System

    The Magnetic Fields of Our Solar System
    Magnetic fields protect planets and atmospheres from solar particles. The particles from the sun are charged, which means they respond to the magnetic field and move around it. Magnetic fields are generated by the movement of magnetic material located inside the planet, usually at the core. Earth’s magnetic field is generated by liquid metal at the core and Earth’s rapid rotation of 24 hours generates enough movement of the liquid to stimulate a magnetic field. The other planets in our solar system, except for Venus and Mars, all have magnetic fields or traces of magnetism that differ from Earth’s in various ways. So, how are other planetary magnetic fields generated? Continue reading →
  8. Electromagnetic Induction and Tesla Coils: How It Works

    Electromagnetic Induction and Tesla Coils: How It Works
    Nikola Tesla is known as one of the greatest minds in science. His experiments helped to further the fields of electricity and magnetism, making many of the gadgets and luxuries we enjoy today possible. One of Tesla’s most well-known inventions is the Tesla coil, the first device that could transmit electricity without wires. The coil was created in 1891, before iron-core transformers existed. Continue reading →
  9. How Do Magnetic Wireless Chargers Work?

    How Do Magnetic Wireless Chargers Work?
    For people who are always on the go, carrying a phone charger in addition to a cell phone is probably a common practice. The battery life of most cell phones just can’t keep up with real life. But instead of searching for a free outlet at a coffee shop, some power companies created wireless chargers that use magnetic force instead of cords to transfer power. Continue reading →
  10. Magnetic Puzzles for Summer Road Trips

    Magnetic Puzzles for Summer Road Trips
      Long road trips can be extremely tedious and dull. Finding things to do in the car other than read can be difficult. If you’re looking for something to help occupy your time so you stop wondering if you’re there yet, here is a DIY project for magnetic puzzles. Continue reading →

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