December 2018

  1. 2018 Magnet Craft Round-up

    2018 Magnet Craft Round-up
    From paper lanterns in celebration of Chinese New Year to spooky homemade slime, we saw our fair share of DIY magnetic masterpieces in 2018! Who knew that a little rare earth metal could turn a simple craft into something so… attractive? (We did, but it’s because we live and breathe magnets.) Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of our favorite DIYs from this year. Continue reading →
  2. A World First: Wind Turbines Upgraded With High-Temperature Superconductors

    A World First: Wind Turbines Upgraded With High-Temperature Superconductors
    For the first time in energy industry history, high-temperature superconductors—rather than permanent magnets—are being used in wind turbines. Continue reading →
  3. How They Used Our Apex Products: Book Magnets

    How They Used Our Apex Products: Book Magnets
    As we learned in November, our Apex magnets can be used in some of the most innovative and creative ways. Our favorite uses are those shared by our customers. We love seeing how they have found ways to use their magnets for more than what they initially had in mind when they first purchased them! Today, we’re sharing a magnet hack for our bookworm customers and readers: a handy way to keep your book open to the right page! Continue reading →
  4. How Are Permanent Magnets Being Used To Make A Revolutionary Energy Accelerator?

    How Are Permanent Magnets Being Used To Make A Revolutionary Energy Accelerator?
    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is dedicated to answering basic and applied science questions that range “from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow.” Recently, they announced the construction of a test accelerator they call the “Energy-Recovery Linac,” or CBETA, at Cornell University. The CBETA will reportedly recycle energy by intertwining particle beams through chains of multi-pass permanent magnets in a Halbach array, which augments the magnetic field on one side and cancels the opposite field to near zero. This would revolutionize accelerator science, helping to reduce both cost and size, and fusing the best traits of linear and circular accelerators. Continue reading →
  5. Magnetic Field Diode

    Magnetic Field Diode
    The future of electronics may change, as researchers have created a material that acts as a magnetic diode. This “magnetic field diode” is similar to the already known electrical diode, but this device could transfer a magnetic field to another object, but not the other way around. Continue reading →
  6. Jupiter's Moon's Magnetic Field

    Jupiter's Moon's Magnetic Field
    In December 1996, Dr. Margaret Kivelson, professor emerita of space physics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her team of physicists discovered that Europa—one of Jupiter’s moons—had a magnetic field. Flash forward to today where Dr. Kivelson is now a co-investigator working on an instrument that will be used for the Europa Clipper mission. This spacecraft, scheduled to launch around 2022, will study the habitability of Europa, Jupiter’s “ocean moon.” Continue reading →
  7. DIY: Magnetic Spice Rack

    DIY: Magnetic Spice Rack
    If one of your resolutions for the new year is to get organized, we’ve got the perfect DIY for you! Make cooking a breeze by having all of your spices out and organized right on your fridge. Continue reading →
  8. Magnets: A Faster, Cheaper Path to Fusion Energy

    Magnets: A Faster, Cheaper Path to Fusion Energy
    In a breakthrough toward the effort for fusion energy, scientists are using powerful new magnets in order to build the world’s first energy-producing fusion experiment. In a report published by the American Physical Society, it was revealed that collaborating scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Plasma Science & Fusion Center and Commonwealth Fusion Systems are working to speed up the development of fusion energy that can help fight the harmful effects of climate change. But how? The methodology behind the experiment is based on high-powered temperature superconducting magnets. Continue reading →
  9. Microbots Made from Mushroom Spores Could Clean Polluted Water

    Microbots Made from Mushroom Spores Could Clean Polluted Water
    Heavy and toxic metals, including lead, can cause serious health problems such as reduced growth and development, cancer, organ damage, or nervous system damage if they leak into our water. In fact, lead exposure through water accounts for almost half a million deaths each year.  Luckily, scientists at the Advanced Nanomaterials and Microrobotics Laboratory (ANML), a part of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, recently discovered that iron-oxide coated microbots made from mushroom spores could help in removing these heavy metals from contaminated water. Similar to a robot but on a much smaller scale, a microrobot is a miniaturized machine designed to perform a specific task or tasks repeatedly and with precision. Continue reading →
  10. Create Your Own Backyard Magnetic Planetarium

    Create Your Own Backyard Magnetic Planetarium
    As magnet enthusiasts, we read a lot about all things magnetic—from influential people making magnetic discoveries and magnets in technology to how magnetism functions in space! We recently came across a great way to combine our interests: a do-it-yourself backyard magnetic geodesic planetarium. Continue reading →

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