June 2018

  1. Magnets in the Military: From the Sky to the Ground

    Magnets in the Military: From the Sky to the Ground
    While China is the world’s biggest producers of rare earth magnets, the U.S. military is one of the world’s biggest rare earth magnet users. It makes sense: The U.S. has historically spent enormous sums to remain the world leader in military technology, ensuring a strong presence on the global stage.  Continue reading →
  2. Fourth of July Magnetic DIYs

    Fourth of July Magnetic DIYs
    The Fourth of July is almost here! As you prepare for the holiday weekend, don't forget to decorate your home and yard to celebrate America's Birthday! Here are some great DIY magnet crafts that patriotic, pretty, and even functional. From picnic accessories to lighting. You'll have the most attractive BBQ on the block!  Continue reading →
  3. Lightsabers: The Magnetic Truth

    Lightsabers: The Magnetic Truth
    Star Wars fans rejoice! Scientists are theorizing how to make fictional lightsabers a reality. Jedis throughout the sci-fi series wield a lightsaber, complex weapon comprised of a focusing ring, main hilt, blade emitter, pommel cap, hand grip, controls, energy core, and, most importantly, a blue or red kyber crystal. Continue reading →
  4. Hawaii Volcano Has Weird Magnetic Field

    Hawaii Volcano Has Weird Magnetic Field
    We’re not using “magnetism” in the metaphorical sense, the Hawaii volcano Kilauea is doing something pretty strange. Over the past month, the extremely active shield volcano has caused countless damage on Hawaii’s largest island of the same name. Continue reading →
  5. Saturn's Poles Produce Their Own Auroras

    Saturn's Poles Produce Their Own Auroras
    If you haven’t seen the Earth’s aurora borealis in person, you’ve seen pictures – majestic colors that light up the night sky. Planet Earth has so many unique features, like our surface water and abundance of constantly evolving life. But the lights of an aurora? We aren’t the only planet that can boast about them. Did you know that Saturn also produces the phenomenon? However, there’s something different about them. But before we get into that, how does this kind of light show occur in the first place? Here’s a clue: it involves magnets. Continue reading →
  6. Magnets in Video Tape: Turning Iron Particles into Visuals

    Magnets in Video Tape: Turning Iron Particles into Visuals
    It’s hard to believe, but there was once a videotape formatting war waged between VHS and the defunct Betamax back in the 1970s—much like DVD and Blu-Ray competed last decade. VHS may have won out thanks to its affordability, but the format has since been pushed to the fringes with today’s streaming, digital, and Blu-Ray technologies.  Continue reading →
  7. Earth’s Magnetic Field is Actually a Solar-Wind Shredder

    Earth’s Magnetic Field is Actually a Solar-Wind Shredder
    At one point in time, Mars – arguably the most similar planet to Earth in our solar system –  wasn’t the frozen desert we know today. In fact, researchers suggest that oceans and rivers once existed on its surface before solar winds from the Sun completely wiped them out. Continue reading →
  8. Did You Know That the Sun's Heliosphere is Actually a Magnetic Solar Bubble?

    Did You Know That the Sun's Heliosphere is Actually a Magnetic Solar Bubble?
    In its essence, the Sun is considered the heart of our solar system. From Earth’s standpoint, the scorching yellow star of glowing gases directly dictates its seasons, ocean currents, climates and aurorae. If the sun were the size of a front door, Earth would be about the size of a nickel. And without its energy, human life wouldn’t even exist. Crazy to consider, right? However, that example only provides a slight sliver of the Sun’s impact. In actuality, it holds the entire galaxy in place, keeping everything from the largest of planets  – Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus – to the smallest particles of debris in orbit within a magnetic field called the heliosphere that stretches 23 billion miles. Continue reading →
  9. Recycling Rare Earth Magnets: A New Option for Economical Magnets

    Recycling Rare Earth Magnets: A New Option for Economical Magnets
    One hurdle to acquiring permanent, rare earth magnets is their environmental and economic cost. Mining for elements like neodymium can be difficult, and this relative inaccessibility creates higher prices, especially since much of the mining is completed overseas. Complicating things even further, permanent magnets have also been difficult to recycle, especially because they’re typically used deep inside other products, which makes them hard to access.  Continue reading →
  10. Father’s Day Magnetic DIYs

    Father’s Day Magnetic DIYs
    Picking out a gift for Father’s Day can be difficult. What do you buy one of the most important men in your life to show them your gratitude? This Father’s Day, we think you should combine functionality and sentimentality by hand-crafting your dad’s gift. We’ve combed our blog for some of our favorite DIY magnet crafts with dads in mind. Continue reading →

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