January 2016

  1. Magnetism and Life Beyond Earth

    Magnetism and Life Beyond Earth
    Conspiracy theories aside, the existence of intelligent lifeforms on other planets has yet to be proven. With that being said, many of those planets may actually be capable of sustaining human life -- if we can somehow travel the distance to inhabit them. Scientists have been searching for other planets that could be conducive to life for quite some time. In fact, NASA's Kepler mission recently confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a star that is considered very similar to the sun that we know and love. Planets like this that orbit relatively close to small stars most likely have magnetic fields to protect their surface and any possible life on it from radiation, according to researchers at the University of Washington. But it gets a little more complex than that. Continue reading →
  2. The Best Adhesives To Use With Neodymium Magnets

    The Best Adhesives To Use With Neodymium Magnets
    Frequently for DIY projects and crafts you will need to hold magnets in place using an adhesive. But what type of adhesive works best on neodymium magnets? Most types of strong glue or even strong tape will be effective when attaching magnets to various surfaces. As long as you don’t use hot glue, which uses heat causing magnets to lose their magnetism, you can’t really go wrong with adhesives for magnets. Here are a few types of adhesives crafters can use to secure neodymium magnets in place: Continue reading →
  3. Visualizing Magnetism With MIMI: Magnetospheric Imaging Instruments

    Visualizing Magnetism With MIMI: Magnetospheric Imaging Instruments
    Many of us are aware that plasma is one of the fundamental states of matter. What is not always apparent to us earthlings is that plasma is invisible to the naked eye in certain areas of the universe. But with the help of a tool called MIMI (Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument) NASA can view an entirely new world of material. Continue reading →
  4. 3 Ways To Upcycle Altoid Tins With Magnets

    3 Ways To Upcycle Altoid Tins With Magnets
    Altoid tins are not only full of refreshing candies, but they are also extremely useful after you’ve consumed all of the Altoids. The magnetic properties of the tin make it easy to upcycle and reuse. So, before you throw your Altoid tin away, here are three ways you can recycle it: Continue reading →
  5. Electromagnets Could Track Movement In Virtual Reality

    Electromagnets Could Track Movement In Virtual Reality
    There are many ways you can use  magnets nowadays, from hanging pictures on your fridge to charging your phone. These are commonplace uses for magnets, but a more futuristic application is right around the corner. Soon we might be using magnets not to influence the real world, but a virtual one. Continue reading →
  6. DIY Magnetic Cork Planters

    DIY Magnetic Cork Planters
    You can never have enough fridge magnets. Not only do they make great reminders and organizational tools, but they can also brighten up your kitchen by adding a little personality to your fridge. If you’re an avid recycler and plant-lover, you can make your fridge reflect your interests with this easy DIY for magnetic cork planters. Continue reading →
  7. DIY Post-it Note Speakers

    DIY Post-it Note Speakers
    Music is everywhere whether you’re listening for it or  not. Movies, television, and everyday life, from eating at restaurants to shopping at retail stores, wouldn’t be the same without it. Even the birds sing a soundtrack to the non-digital world where speakers don’t exist. We’ve already showed you how to make a speaker out of plastic cup or styrofoam plate, but what about something thinner and less rounded than traditional speakers? Well, using the power of magnets, it’s possible. Today, we’ll teach you how to make a speaker using a Post-it Note. Yes, you read that right, the sticky pieces of paper you use to remind yourself of things. Continue reading →
  8. 12 Places To Find Magnets At Home

    12 Places To Find Magnets At Home
    Magnets are used in a variety of different ways. From holding notes on your refrigerator to powering industrial equipment, magnets have a diverse range of applications. You may be surprised at how often you use magnets without realizing it. Other than the cute magnets holding photos on your fridge, can you find all of the other ways magnets are used in your home? Check out our infographic to get started:     Continue reading →
  9. DIY Magnetic Tool Organizer

    DIY Magnetic Tool Organizer
    If you have a lot of tools in your garage or shed you’re most likely one of three kinds of people. First, the super organized type - at any time you could find every single tool you own. Second, the semi-organized - sure, you have a toolbox, but do you really know where each particular screwdriver is when you need to put together your newest purchase? Lastly, the very disorganized - your tools are scattered throughout the shed or garage in no particular order whatsoever. Well, if you are one of the two latter types of people, then we have a DIY magnet project just for you. The project is a way to organize screwdrivers or small tools using a strong magnet. Follow the steps below to create a bracket that will house a magnet, and make finding that small Phillips head easier than ever. Continue reading →
  10. How To Create A Magnetic Poster

    How To Create A Magnetic Poster
    As you know, you can use magnets to decorate your home in many unique ways. You can also use the power of magnetism to make an already existing piece of art a more functional item in your home. If you’re looking for a creative way to hang notes, art, or display CDs, a poster magnet board is a great way to do it. This fun, interactive piece of art is perfect to hang in a game room, a music room, or even at the office to organize in a decorative fashion. Follow the steps below to create your own! Continue reading →

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