April 2018

  1. Magnetic Personalities: Franz Mesmer

    Magnetic Personalities: Franz Mesmer
    Today, we use the phrase “animal magnetism” as a figure of speech. It’s often used to convey someone’s congeniality or attractiveness. Believe us, when we’re looking for the latest magnetic news, it can get a little tricky with all of the metaphorical headlines. However, this wasn’t always the case. The term “animal magnetism” was coined in a very literal sense by Austrian physician, Franz Mesmer (hence the term mesmerizing). Although his ideas were a little (ok, really) outlandish, Mesmer paved the way for a lot solid magnetic research. Continue reading →
  2. Mother’s Day DIY Magnetic Changeable Lampshade

    Mother’s Day DIY Magnetic Changeable Lampshade
    Our mothers have literally been there for us since day one. While we only have one day each year dedicated to celebrating them, we think the appreciation should extend throughout the entire year! This magnetic Mother’s Day DIY gift is the perfect way to impress mom. Continue reading →
  3. Rare Earth Magnets: A Rundown

    Rare Earth Magnets: A Rundown
    Rare earth magnets are a common feature in tons of household appliances. You’ve probably noticed that we carry them here at Apex Magnets in the form of our neodymium and samarium cobalt magnets. These permanent magnets sure sound fancy, but what sets them apart from other magnets? Let’s first dig into their history. Continue reading →
  4. DIY Wedding Crafts with Magnets

    DIY Wedding Crafts with Magnets
    You’ve heard the classic saying, “April showers bring May flowers”, but maybe you’ve also heard, “May flowers bring June brides”. Wedding season is almost upon us and the planning that leads up to a couple’s big day can be stressful and exhausting. Whether you, a family member, or a friend will be the one walking down the aisle this year, everyone involved in wedding planning needs a day off every now and then. Gather your bridal party for a relaxing day trying out these fun, easy, and inexpensive magnetic, DIY wedding crafts for some stress-free celebration! Continue reading →
  5. Cinco de Mayo Magnetic DIYs

    Cinco de Mayo Magnetic DIYs
    Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican Day of Independence, is right around the corner. The holiday recognizes the day when Mexico’s army defeated Napoleon III and the French forces on the battlefield in 1862. Despite the holiday’s history, it is celebrated more so in America than in Mexico. Continue reading →
  6. Wireless Communication to Radar Systems: How Magnetism Makes It Possible

    Wireless Communication to Radar Systems: How Magnetism Makes It Possible
    When your car breaks down the the side of the road, one of the first things you do is pull out your cell phone and dial for help. Once help is on the way, you have a magnet to thank. And no, we’re not talking about the tiny magnets used in your phone’s earpiece. There’s something much more impressive going on. There are magnets behind the scenes — miles away from your phone, in fact — that make it possible for your call to travel from your phone to your new best friend.  Continue reading →
  7. Door Knocker Key Hider, A Magnetic DIY

    Door Knocker Key Hider, A Magnetic DIY
    Forgetting your house or apartment key is never a fun time. Luckily, magnets are once again here to help. With just a few small disc magnets and a trip to your local hardware store, you can create a sneaky hide-a-key system to help you out the next time you’re in a pinch or need the neighbors to water your plants. This DIY, magnetic door knocker key hider is a snap to make! Continue reading →
  8. Magnetic Crafts to Celebrate Earth Day

    Magnetic Crafts to Celebrate Earth Day
    On April 22, 1970, nearly 20 million Americans gathered together to demonstrate a need for a more sustainable environment. It led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the passage of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and eventually the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. To honor these achievements, Earth Day was born. Today, it’s the largest single day of observance in the world and celebrated by almost one billion people. Continue reading →
  9. Friday the 13th Magnetic Crafts

    Friday the 13th Magnetic Crafts
    Friday the 13th doesn’t show up too often on the calendar, but when it does, some people let superstitions get the best of them. There are several possible origins of this unlucky day, and it depends who you ask. Some possible backstories include The Last Supper, the deaths of various historical figures, and the day when the Knights Templar was dismantled and destroyed. Omens of bad luck are often associated with black cats, breaking a mirror, or knocking over a salt shaker. Here are a few ways to incorporate these symbols of misfortune in some Friday the 13th crafts for a fun and enjoyable way to spend the unlucky day. Continue reading →
  10. Magnetic Reconnection: Beautiful, Rule-Breaking Explosions

    Magnetic Reconnection: Beautiful, Rule-Breaking Explosions
    If you haven’t seen the Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights, you’re missing out. This explosion of light and color dancing across the sky is truly one of the great wonders of the solar system. But where does this phenomenon come from? The answer may be a physical rule-breaker called magnetic reconnection.  Continue reading →

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