April 2019

  1. Keeping Your Cabinet Doors Shut with Magnets

    Keeping Your Cabinet Doors Shut with Magnets
    If you live in an older home that has settled, you may find that some of your cabinet doors won’t stay shut no matter what you try. Instead of ripping out and replacing all of your cabinets or packing your bags to move out, we have a quick, temporary fix to keep those pesky doors closed, with magnets, of course. Last year, we created a more permanent DIY: a magnetic cabinet latch solution using countersunk magnets. In this blog, we’re putting together a simple magnet hack that won’t involve power tools (or any tools, really!) Continue reading →
  2. How the Moon Got "Sunburns" - Solar Wind and Magnetic Fields

    How the Moon Got "Sunburns" - Solar Wind and Magnetic Fields
    As we all know, the Sun is powerful. So powerful that any object, person, or planet traveling through space is susceptible to the Sun’s damaging radiation. The latest victim to feel the Sun’s fiery wrath? Earth’s Moon. Researchers, using data from NASA’s ARTEMIS mission, have reported finding “distinctive patterns of darker and lighter swirls” on the Moon’s surface. When looking into it further, they have found that these swirls may actually be “sunburns.” Should we be worried about these sunburns on Earth? Continue reading →
  3. 4 Uses for Cylinder Magnets

    4 Uses for Cylinder Magnets
    If you’re looking for a large pull force relative to the size of a magnet, cylinder magnets are the way to go. Their shape gives you plenty of space to grasp the magnet, which comes in handy in various applications such as these four below: Continue reading →
  4. Bring Your Herbs Indoors with This DIY Magnetic Tea Tin Garden

    Bring Your Herbs Indoors with This DIY Magnetic Tea Tin Garden
    If you’re looking to start a herb garden in a more controlled environment but don’t have enough shelf or counter space, we have the perfect solution for you: a magnetic herb garden. By using magnets to create your garden, you can save space and take advantage of certain sunny and shady spots by creating a customized, temporary herb garden on any magnetic surface that can be rearranged to suit your style! In this DIY blog, we use tea tins as planters, but you can use any container you’d like! Just be sure to get magnets that will support the weight of your containers. Continue reading →
  5. How Scientists Can Use “Greener” Methods to Extract Rare-Earth Metals for Your Smartphone

    How Scientists Can Use “Greener” Methods  to Extract Rare-Earth Metals for Your Smartphone
    Almost all technological products we use daily contain rare-earth metals, from computers and screens to networks, MRIs, batteries, magnets, automobiles, and various types of special optical glasses. They’re also used as a catalyst for oil refining. Because so many rare-earth metals are used in these products, the US Department of Education renamed these commonly found rare-earth metals “technology metals.” A...
  6. 4 Uses for Bar Magnets

    4 Uses for Bar Magnets
    Neodymium bar magnets are one of the most common shapes of magnets, being used in experiments and everyday items regularly! Bar magnets range in size, from 1/2”x1/8”x1/8” to 2”x1”x1”, and in pull force, from 0.95 pounds to 90.28 pounds per magnet. What makes them different than other Apex magnets products is that they are magnetized through the length of their body. In addition, the poles are on each end with the weakest part of the magnet in the middle, meaning that they may not be as successful in holding onto a magnetic surface. Continue reading →
  7. 3 Ways to Use Cube Magnets

    3 Ways to Use Cube Magnets
    All of our magnets have their own uses and capabilities. Cube magnets, for instance, are popular on dry erase boards and artwork displays, as they are easy to handle. They’re also ideal in classrooms and other experimental environments. Here are three ways you can utilize cube magnets. Continue reading →
  8. People Can Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field

    People Can Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field
    A new study, published online in eNeuro, determined that through studying brain waves, humans can potentially have magnetoreception abilities. This “sixth sense” was previously only known to occur in certain animal species, such as birds and fish, who use the magnetism for navigation. What is Magnetoreception? While it sounds complicated, magnetoreception is, at its fundamental level, the perception of a geomagnetic...
  9. How To Use Sewing Magnets in Adaptive Clothing

    How To Use Sewing Magnets in Adaptive Clothing
    According to a  2016 U.S. Census Bureau report, more than 14 million people with disabilities in the U.S have difficulties with things like dressing themselves. Companies like Magna-Ready and Magnaclick are making adaptive clothing for people with joint pain, arthritis, and disabilities, as well as those who just have trouble dressing.  Adaptive clothing has also been recently added by companies like Target for those with sensory issues who are sensitive to certain textures and materials. Continue reading →
  10. Rare Earth Magnets Recycling Round-Up

    Rare Earth Magnets Recycling Round-Up
    You may have ordered rare earth magnets in the past for a DIY craft, classroom or lab demonstration, or maybe a home organization project, but have you ever looked into where these permanent magnets come from, or how they could potentially be reused? Continue reading →

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