July 2015

  1. DIY Magnetic Tie Clip

    DIY Magnetic Tie Clip
    Tie clips are extremely useful on windy days or while you’re eating soup. They also make thoughtful gifts for the well-dressed man who already has everything. But if you don’t want a boring bar shaped tie clip, you can turn almost anything you want into a tie clip using magnets. Here’s a simple DIY on how to make a magnetic tie clip. Continue reading →
  2. Magnetic Solutions for Household Chores

    Magnetic Solutions for Household Chores
    Magnets are extremely useful tools to keep on hand because they can help make annoying tasks simple and quick. Whether you’re cleaning, organizing, or just pinning a reminder on the refrigerator, magnets have an incredible variety of uses. Here are a few household problems you can solve with magnets. Continue reading →
  3. 3 Unusual Uses Of Magnets

    3 Unusual Uses Of Magnets
    While we use magnets for countless different things every day, people are still coming up with new, innovative ways to harness the power of magnetism for their own purposes. Depending on the situation people use magnets for any number of things from fixing problems and creating DIY magnet crafts to making scientific discoveries in laboratories and in space. Here are a few things we can use magnets for that you would never guess. Continue reading →
  4. Galactic Magnetic Fields

    Galactic Magnetic Fields
    Galaxies have naturally occurring magnetic fields like Earth. But the magnetic field of a galaxy is usually weak in comparison. For example, the Milky Way galaxy has a magnetic field that is 100 times weaker than Earth’s magnetic field. A galaxy can have two different types of magnetic field structures. One type is a large-scale imitation of the overall structure of the galaxy. And the other is small-scale and random. These patterns prevent a compass from working as effectively in space as it does on Earth. If you’re lost in the interstellar space of a galaxy, you would need several measurements of magnetism to help determine your location. Even then, however, you’d need to understand the overall structure of the galaxy to interpret your data. Continue reading →
  5. How To Make A Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet

    How To Make A Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet
    Everyone needs a bottle opener at some point, especially beer drinkers. And you don’t want to carry a free bottle opener keychain from a bar with the logo of a beer you don’t even like. With this DIY magnet project, you can show off your woodworking skills and open bottles with class. If you don’t have woodworking skills, don’t worry - this magnetic bottle opener is simple, fun, and convenient! Continue reading →
  6. DIY Magnetic Book Box

    DIY Magnetic Book Box
    Instead of building a secret room you can open by pulling down a lever disguised as a book or purchasing an expensive safe to hide behind a painting, you can create a secret hiding place using things you can find around the house or at a thrift store. A DIY magnetic book box is easy to make and will fit in with the rest of the books on your shelf so no one can tell it’s hollow. Here are the 5 easy steps you can follow to make a magnetic book box: Continue reading →
  7. Space Plasma and Magnetic Reconnection

    Space Plasma and Magnetic Reconnection
    Plasma is the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid, and gas. Essentially, plasma is a gas that’s so hot the atoms are separated into electrons and ions. Because the parts of the atoms can move independently of each other, plasma is electrically charged and responds to electromagnetic fields and forces. As a result of its magnetization, plasma interacts with the magnetic fields of space in interesting ways. For example, the process of magnetic reconnection explains changes in the polarity of the magnetic fields of plasma. Continue reading →
  8. DIY Magnetic Pencil Case

    DIY Magnetic Pencil Case
    Keeping track of pencils, pens, and paperclips is difficult if they’re jostling around in your backpack or purse. If you don’t think behind your ear is the best place to store a pencil, here is a fun DIY for a cute magnetic pencil case. Continue reading →
  9. DIY Magnetic Screen Door

    DIY Magnetic Screen Door
    Leaving the door open and keeping the bugs out is easily solved with screen doors. But what if you have pets? Overexcited dogs can race through screen doors without waiting for someone to open them first and tear through the mesh. Instead of getting your screen door constantly replaced, use magnets to secure the screen down the center. When a dog runs through the screen, the magnets will pull apart long enough for them to pass and then reattach, securing the screen back together with no damage. Here’s how to make one: Continue reading →
  10. The Magnetic Field of the Sun

    The Magnetic Field of the Sun
    The magnetic field of the sun plays a huge role in our galaxy. It’s 12,000 times larger than Earth’s magnetic field, extending even beyond Pluto. It has two poles like a bar magnet, and like most stars, the convection of plasma generates its magnetic field. Compared to the magnetic fields of the other planets in our solar system, however, the sun’s magnetic activity is more extensive including solar flares, sunspots, space weather, and pole reversal. Continue reading →

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