August 2018

  1. Pyramid of Giza and Its Electromagnetism

    Pyramid of Giza and Its Electromagnetism
    Ah, the Great Pyramid of Giza. The oldest and last remaining Wonder of the Ancient Worlds. Just when we thought that we were perplexed enough about this structure, its engineering and construction, and its size and proportions, scientists recently married physics and pyramid research to discover a connection between the pyramid’s structure and electromagnetism. Continue reading →
  2. Magnets Used in Hyperloop Trains: Magnetic Levitation and Passive Maglev

    Magnets Used in Hyperloop Trains: Magnetic Levitation and Passive Maglev
    If you pay attention to the news in any capacity, then you are likely familiar with the name Elon Musk. The billionaire entrepreneur, investor, and engineer has become a household name thanks to his ground-breaking inventions and organizations like SpaceX, Tesla Inc., and The Boring Company. Continue reading →
  3. Is 3D Printing the Future of Magnet Production?

    Is 3D Printing the Future of Magnet Production?
    Engineers at the Amess Laboratory’s Critical Materials Institute have crafted a technique of using laser 3D metal printing to create a more affordable alternative to expensive rare-earth neodymium iron boron magnets. Continue reading →
  4. Magnetic Navigation in Fish

    Magnetic Navigation in Fish
    When fish are born in coral reefs, they are often tiny and poor swimmers. Because of this, they are pushed away from the corals from which they are born weeks before they learn to swim effectively. Remarkably, 60% of these fish manage to make it back to their first homes despite their unfavorable beginnings. Continue reading →
  5. NASA’s Parker Probe: Adventures to the Sun

    NASA’s Parker Probe: Adventures to the Sun
    “I really think these are transformative missions,” says Howard Singer, chief scientist at the Space Weather Prediction Center, of the three sun-focused missions occurring over the next few years. The Parker Probe, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), and the Solar Orbiter will embark on separate missions to create a better understanding of the star at the center of our system. Continue reading →
  6. Global Industry Analysis of Rare Earth Magnets

    Global Industry Analysis of Rare Earth Magnets
    Rare earth magnets are part of a massive, multi-billion dollar industry that is only growing in size and complexity. A recent study by Grand View Research Firm, Inc. predicts that the already lucrative industry will be worth $38.53 billion by the year 2024; that is a nine percent increase from its $16.5 billion net worth in 2016.  This spike comes...
  7. Detecting Damage in Non-Magnetic Materials with Magnetism

    Detecting Damage in Non-Magnetic Materials with Magnetism
    Steel is one of the most commonly used materials, possibly because it has many different variants, Typical variations are stainless steel, high-strength quenched and tempered steel, or low-price structural steel. Additionally, steel has a variety of important applications, from cutlery and automotive components to the steel girders of buildings and bridges, to name just a few. Considering the latter, you can imagine steel is constantly being exposed to extreme heat and stress. According to experts, this causes material fatigue that ultimately leads to damage. How can this damage be detected? While magnets play a key role in detecting early damage in magnetic steel, researchers are now exploring detection options for non-magnetic materials. Continue reading →
  8. Unveiling Complexity in Jupiter’s Magnetic Equator

    Unveiling Complexity in Jupiter’s Magnetic Equator
    There’s more to Jupiter than what meets the eye. At least, that’s what planetary scientists recently discovered when they stumbled upon a mysterious dark “ribbon” around Jupiter’s magnetic equator. This ribbon, created by interactions between the planet’s magnetic field and ionosphere, was found by a team led by University of Leicester planetary astronomer Tom Stallard. Continue reading →
  9. DIY Magnetic Key Holder

    DIY Magnetic Key Holder
    Crafts aren’t just for the young—they’re also for the young at heart. And when we can find a way to combine creativity and functionality, we mark that as a win in our book! If you’re looking for your next DIY project for around the house, consider making a magnetic key holder. We know how frustrating it can be when you misplace your keys at home. Here’s a solution: make this key holder and hang it next to your door! This way, you’ll never forget your keys again. Continue reading →
  10. Nanomagnets: An Oil Spill Fix

    Nanomagnets: An Oil Spill Fix
    Even though oil and water separate when mixed, they still mix enough to cause problems, especially for our ecosystems. Even though the last few decades have seen an increase in oil trading, we’ve actually seen a dip in the number of large scale oil spills. There were only two spills last year with more than 700 tons of oil. Continue reading →

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