October 2016

  1. Art, Meet Science! Magnetic Paintings

    Art, Meet Science! Magnetic Paintings
    They say that most people are left-brained or right-brained. You are an art person, or a science person. Math, or poetry. Pick one, says the world! Well, we respectfully disagree. Science and creativity can go hand-in-hand, as today’s DIY activity shows! If you’ve ever been curious about how magnets work AND want to spice up your living space, creating a painting with magnets gives you the best of both worlds. Continue reading →
  2. We'll Float On Okay (With This Magnetic Turntable)

    We'll Float On Okay (With This Magnetic Turntable)
    Despite the rise of mp3s, vinyl sales have skyrocketed in the last few years. Convenience pleases the masses for sure, but having a record player for the sake of audio quality (and let’s face it -- music snobbery) seems to be the trend. Now, let’s add some modern flair to this vintage device. With magnets, of course. Continue reading →
  3. Subatomic Particles that Make Magnets...Magnetic

    Subatomic Particles that Make Magnets...Magnetic
    In the 1930s, Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac hypothesized that particles existed that only had a positive or negative charge. According to his theory, these particles would explain how magnets work. The particles that theoretically would carry a positive or negative charge are called magnetic monopoles. Currently, magnets are considered to be made of particles that hold two charges at once. For example, if you cut a standard bar magnet in half, you’d wind up with two magnets that each have a north and a south pole - not smaller pieces that each have a single pole. However, if magnetic monopoles are discovered, it would disrupt the very bedrock of physics: the Standard Model. Continue reading →
  4. Top 3 Halloween DIY Projects

    Top 3 Halloween DIY Projects
    Over the years, we’ve brought you some great DIY ideas for the Halloween season—everything from decorations to costumes to spooky science experiments. Now with the holiday upon us, we thought we’d revisit some of our favorite ideas to help you have the best, magnetic Halloween ever! Continue reading →
  5. Gilmore Girls Team Magnets

    Gilmore Girls Team Magnets
    The end of November can’t come soon enough for a lot of people this year and not just because of Thanksgiving. This year Gilmore Girl fans are getting a treat they haven’t had since 2007: brand new episodes. On November 25th, the day after Thanksgiving, viewers will be treated to leftovers and four one-hour episodes of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” Gilmore Girls seems to be one of the hottest topics around at the moment so to help you join in on the fun, we have the best way for you to rock some Gilmore Girls pride! Continue reading →
  6. Saturn's Magnetosphere and Titan

    Saturn's Magnetosphere and Titan
    In another blog, we discussed the various magnetic fields emitted by planets in our solar system. This time, we’re going to take a closer look at Saturn. Specifically, its magnetosphere and its effect on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Continue reading →
  7. How Can Magnets Save Bridges?

    How Can Magnets Save Bridges?
    If you’re like a lot people, you might suffer from gephyrophobia, or a fear of bridges. Whether it’s heights or a fear of collapsing, crossing one can be nerve racking. Many are simply afraid of the unknown—the possibility that something might go wrong. These fears aren’t totally unfounded either, according to a 2015 analysis, 61,000 American bridges are deemed “structurally insufficient.” While this could mean a number of things, it’s much higher than we’d like to see. However, new techniques from a familiar source might help put gephyrophobes at ease and help bring this number down. Magnets can now help detect warning signs of potential collapses and prevent them! Continue reading →
  8. True North vs. Magnetic North

    True North vs. Magnetic North
    In 1908, US Navy engineer Robert Peary claimed to be the first person to reach the North Pole. Equipped only with wooden sleds and dogs, Peary and his team trekked across the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean, arriving at the point in early April. However, Peary’s claim has been met with much skepticism. Many critics say the team was not equipped with enough navigational instruments, others say Peary was simply lying. Continue reading →
  9. A World without Magnets

    A World without Magnets
    Just in time for Halloween, we bring you one of the scariest scenarios we can imagine: a world without magnets! It’s easy to take magnets for granted, but the truth is that without them and other magnetic forces, life on Earth would be pretty different and frankly, pretty terrible. Here are just a few things that would definitely change. Continue reading →
  10. Stay Safe: Magnet Safety Tips

    Stay Safe: Magnet Safety Tips
    It’s no secret that we’re big fans of neodymium magnets here. We think they’re pretty great - whether you’re doing a home renovation project, creating a cute seasonal DIY, or running a fun educational project, there are so many ways they’re useful. However, as with anything in life, it’s worth knowing how to handle these powerful, versatile tools safely. Continue reading →

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