October 2018

  1. How Magnets Can Potentially Change the Auto Industry and the World

    How Magnets Can Potentially Change the Auto Industry and the World
    Self-driving cars have been on the horizon for a long time, but just how realistic is a world that travels primarily by autonomous vehicle? In 1997, the US Department of Transportation funded a series of projects to develop and demonstrate a highway prototype. The resulting automated system with embedded magnets performed “flawlessly.” This meant the possibility of switching from automatic...
  2. What Can Demagnetize a Magnet?

    What Can Demagnetize a Magnet?
    Have you ever picked up a magnet only to find it just won’t do its job? Something must have demagnetized that magnet, rendering it unusable. But what factors can cause a magnet to lose its magnetism? This is important knowledge for folks regularly working with magnets in their work or just in their hobbies. There are a few different ways to demagnetize a magnet and we’re covering 5 of the most effective methods here: Continue reading →
  3. DIY: Autumn-Inspired Pumpkin Magnets

    DIY: Autumn-Inspired Pumpkin Magnets
    ‘Tis the season for spooky crafts and haunting Halloween home decor! But sometimes, all we want is a little autumn flair to get our homes ready for the holidays. Our solution? A pumpkin magnet craft! These adorable homemade magnets won’t take you too long to make, but they’ll leave a lasting impression on your guests. Continue reading →
  4. Magnets May Be The Answer To Football’s Concussion Problem

    Magnets May Be The Answer To Football’s Concussion Problem
    The National Football League is a business empire. In 2017 alone, they pulled in roughly $14 billion and have no plans of slowing down with commissioner Roger Goodell sharing his desire to increase annual revenue to $25 billion within ten years. Simply put, America’s love of football is no secret. However, as disturbing facts surrounding blunt force trauma and the...
  5. Magnetic Levitation is the Force Behind the Lexus SLIDE Hoverboard

    Magnetic Levitation is the Force Behind the Lexus SLIDE Hoverboard
    Thanks to science fiction novels and movies like Back to the Future Part II, hoverboards have long been a symbol for some distant and unknowable future. However, according to Wired, “for all the anguish and anticipation around making hoverboards real, they have existed for some time.” Continue reading →
  6. Recovered Rare Earth Magnets Are Repurposed for Motors

    Recovered Rare Earth Magnets Are Repurposed for Motors
    In a recent blog post, we discussed the importance of recycling rare earth magnets. These rare earth metals play a significant role in everyday technologies, including rechargeable batteries, touchscreen cell phones, and computer hard drives. Through a project funded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Critical Materials Institute, a research team in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recovered magnets from used computer hard drives and repurposed them for use in an axial gap (or axial flux) electric motor, one of two basic direct drive motor configurations. The motor transforms electrical energy into mechanical energy through the electromagnetic interactions of magnetic fields generated by the magnets and coils within. Continue reading →
  7. DIY Magnetic Slime

    DIY Magnetic Slime
    With Halloween being right around the corner, spooky season is officially upon us. Need a new party trick to impress your friends or something simple to keep the kids busy? This homemade slime will spook everyone with its magnetic abilities. Continue reading →
  8. Getting Sky High with Super-Conducting Magnets

    Getting Sky High with Super-Conducting Magnets
    Chances are you’ve been on a plane to travel to a work conference, vacation, or holiday event. It’s quick, relatively easy, and has the potential for less stress during travel (think about it--there’s no road rage in the sky)! But do you know the environmental impact of flying? When jet fuel is burned, carbon bonds with oxygen and forms carbon dioxide. This carbon emission makes up more than 80 percent of the greenhouse gases emitted in the United States Continue reading →
  9. DIY: Wine Cork Succulent Magnets

    DIY: Wine Cork Succulent Magnets
    Want to add some life to your home or office space, but don’t want to add a lot of maintenance work for yourself? These DIY Wine Cork Succulent Magnets are perfect for you then! This quick craft will have your space looking bright and cheery in no time and with little upkeep for the future. Continue reading →
  10. Magnets in Electronics

    Magnets in Electronics
    We use our state-of-the-art cell phones, tablets and televisions on a regular basis, but it’s easy to forget about the parts inside that make them work so well and allows them to be a fixture in our lives. As it turns out, a lot of the electronics we use every day rely on magnets to function at their fullest capability. We’ll show you how. Continue reading →

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