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Monthly Archives: March 2016

  • DIY Homopolar Motor

    The homopolar motor is one of the simplest electric motors. They use electromagnetism to support motion and were developed by Michael Faraday in the 1800’s. Homopolar force can be explained using the Lorentz force. This force is caused by electric currents and magnetic fields that are perpendicular to each other, causing rotation.

    In one of our past blogs, we showed you how to make a similar homopolar motor. The one we are designing today uses two magnets to create forward propelling motion instead of spinning. This motor will act like a small car, moving forward when placed properly. To get started with your DIY magnet car, you’ll need some supplies you can probably find in your kitchen, along with some magnets, of course! Continue reading

  • 5 Easy Nature-Themed Magnets

    Spring has finally arrived! This season is the perfect time to get outside and greet the great outdoors once again. But, if this early spring chill is keeping you cooped up, it might be time to bring nature indoors with you. If Snow White’s animal friends aren’t really your style, perhaps nature-themed magnets will do the trick.

    These magnets can be great for organizing your desk, playing games, or simply adding a bohemian vibe to your living space. They’re also extremely easy to make and a really fun way to welcome the new season. Here are a few different nature-inspired magnet projects to try: Continue reading

  • 5 Things That Make Cool Magnets

    Pretty much everything would make a cool magnet, but it might be impractical to magnetize everything you own. So, instead of trying to magnetize your furniture or your shoes, here are a few items you could find around your home and turn into cool fridge magnets: Continue reading

  • 5 Things That Make Cute Magnets

    It’s spring again! For many people, this means spring cleaning. If you’re brave enough to tackle your craft room, you’ve probably found several random trinkets that you may not find a use for in the future. Instead of shoving your miscellaneous pieces back into a drawer, you can turn these random items into cute magnets to hold notes on your fridge or as gifts for your friends: Continue reading

  • How A Cue Ball Works

    Pool, also called billiards, was first invented sometime in the 15th century. It traces back to Northern Europe, and is believed to originate in France. It’s believed that the game first started out with the balls being shoved versus the modern way we know, which is by striking the ball.

    Fast forward to present day, where pool is being played in bars across the country daily. You may not think about it after throwing back a couple drinks, but do you know how the cue ball magically gets dispensed after you scratch when using a coin operated table? Well, it’s not magic, and it actually can be one of two ways, one using magnetism! Continue reading

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