May 2018

  1. Magnetic Refrigeration is Pretty Cool!

    Magnetic Refrigeration is Pretty Cool!
    We’ve been telling you magnets are cool for years now, but could magnets soon be replacing our refrigerator technology? With new findings from the researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, magnetic refrigeration could be on the horizon. Continue reading →
  2. DIY Magnetic Vertical Garden

    DIY Magnetic Vertical Garden
    Ever find yourself getting restless indoors as the weather gets warmer? Cure your spring fever with this DIY magnetic vertical garden! The neat thing about this garden is you aren’t limited to a certain layout or plant. Customize the organization as you see fit, and switch out the plants whenever you want. This easy-to-create magnetic vertical garden is a great way to bring the outdoors in and brighten up your office, bedroom, or common areas this season. Continue reading →
  3. Magnets Keep Our Food Safe, But What Are the Best Practices?

    Magnets Keep Our Food Safe, But What Are the Best Practices?
    When there’s an E. coli outbreak, we all hear about it. A less common—but still serious—concern is the potential for foreign metal particles to slip into our food. These particles could come from anywhere along the supply chain, including the machinery used to process food and wire meshes used to filter ingredients. If you’ve never heard of something like that happening, it’s likely because these are usually one-off events. Unlike a bacterial strain that can infect an entire production line, a stray piece of metal will typically impact only one package of food.  Continue reading →
  4. Memorial Day Magnet DIYs

    Memorial Day Magnet DIYs
    To celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who lost their lives serving in the military, we’ve put together three simple DIY crafts for you to make this month. Luckily, these magnets can be repurposed for the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Flag Day, or any other time you’re feeling patriotic throughout the year. Continue reading →
  5. Oceanic Magnetism and Earth's Magnetic Field

    Oceanic Magnetism and Earth's Magnetic Field
    The ocean is a terrifying place (exhibit A), but it sure is fascinating. With so many mysteries hidden in its depths, it’s sometimes surprising that we know anything about this mass that covers 71% of our planet. For instance, have you ever heard of oceanic magnetism? Well, read on! Continue reading →
  6. Magnets in Marketing: Turning Cars into Mobile Billboards

    Magnets in Marketing: Turning Cars into Mobile Billboards
    You have probably seen them speeding down the highway or stuck beside you in traffic – cars covered in magnetic advertisements. This kind of marketing is growing in popularity, and for good reason. It costs less than it does to paint a car, is far less permanent, and transfers easily from one vehicle to another or into storage. Before you jump into the world of magnetic marketing and mobile advertising, however, we want you to be aware of all the potential perks and drawbacks so that you can make an informed decision. Continue reading →
  7. Laser-Generated Magnets: A Third Option to Permanent Magnets and Electromagnets

    Laser-Generated Magnets: A Third Option to Permanent Magnets and Electromagnets
    Permanent magnets are wonderful tools, but they do have an inherent drawback, depending on your application: They’re always working. Unless a rare earth magnet gets too hot or is demagnetized by a nearby force, it will continue generating a magnetic force indefinitely. Continue reading →
  8. Marvelous Magnetic Super Villains

    Marvelous Magnetic Super Villains
    While we at Apex strive to only use our magnetic powers for good, the same cannot be said of everyone. In a previous blog, we discussed some of our favorite ways superheroes have used or encountered magnetism, and while most of us are familiar with Magneto, there are many more malevolent magnetic masterminds. Continue reading →
  9. Solar Wind & the Satellite Superhighway

    Solar Wind & the Satellite Superhighway
    According to a recently developed 3D mathematical model that describes the magnetic field around geosynchronous satellites, solar storms and solar wind have a larger impact on Earth’s magnetic field than researchers initially thought.   Continue reading →
  10. Magnets Over the Last 100 Years: From AlNiCo to Neodymium

    Magnets Over the Last 100 Years: From AlNiCo to Neodymium
    The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese all recorded their discovery of a seemingly magical rock that attracted iron and other stones: the lodestone. After its discovery, it didn’t take long for the Chinese to develop the first compass between 400 and 200 BC. Continue reading →

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