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  1. Explaining Magnet Usage in the Netflix Original Stranger Things

    Explaining Magnet Usage in the Netflix Original Stranger Things
    Spoilers ahead if you haven’t finished watching Season 3 of Stranger Things! When a television show makes science references, they can either go over our heads or have us thinking “is that really true?”    We wrote a previous article about magnetic properties being discussed in the show: when the characters noticed things were going wrong, something “strange” was happening with their compass -- the needle was no longer pointing true North (though, it should be pointed to magnetic North). In this particular episode, they did an experiment and found that all of the compasses were deviating from pointing north, showing a very strong magnetic interference going on. We decided, for the most part, this event could be “real.”  Continue reading →
  2. 5 Uses for Magnets in Your Child’s Dorm Room

    5 Uses for Magnets in Your Child’s Dorm Room
    As we’ve shared over the years, magnets are handy resources to have around the house when you’re looking for a quick fix or a temporary solution to some everyday household problems. As you send your child off to college, you can also find useful ways to incorporate magnets in their dorm room for both functionality and personality. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite DIY projects. Read more about each and follow the link above each description for the full instructions! Continue reading →
  3. Magnets Shown to Create More Power than Electrical Generators

    Magnets Shown to Create More Power than Electrical Generators
    By combining permanent magnets and field winding into a wound rotor system, researchers at Purdue University have come up with a way to reduce the size of some moderate-to-low electric generators while also increasing the efficiency.  Continue reading →
  4. How Magnets are Changing Mountain Bike Chainrings

    How Magnets are Changing Mountain Bike Chainrings
    There seems to be an increased trend of companies incorporating magnets into bike and bike accessory designs --the latest trend includes magnetic platform pedals. The goals of these innovations are to not only improve rider safety but to also improve their performance. One issue that many mountain bikers face is chain drop, although it’s not as common as it used to be since the invention of narrow-wide chainrings. MagSuck, a company based in Zhejiang, China, came up with an attractive solution for chain drop—magnetic bike chainringsContinue reading →
  5. DIY Paint Stick Fridge Magnet

    DIY Paint Stick Fridge Magnet
    We’re all familiar with paint stirrers (or paint sticks). Chances are you have a few of them tucked away somewhere. Maybe you’re in the middle of a renovation or you just haven’t thrown them out from years ago because you never know when you might need them again -- whatever the reason, you have these sticks laying around. We’re giving you a super simple DIY project to repurpose them and bring a little personality and flair to your home.  Continue reading →
  6. The Magnetism Behind Stationary Exercise Bikes

    The Magnetism Behind Stationary Exercise Bikes
    Whether you’re an avid cyclist or new to the game, you’re likely familiar with a few popular stationary exercise bikes: Peloton, Schwinn, Echelon Fit, and NordicTrack, which all use magnetic resistance. There are four other types of exercise bikes: brake-based systems, direct contact, and fan-based systems, but magnetic resistance bikes are leading the stationary exercise bike, however. So, what makes magnetic resistance the most popular? Read on to learn more. Continue reading →
  7. Scientists Just Accidentally Created a Permanent Magnetic Liquid

    Scientists Just Accidentally Created a Permanent Magnetic Liquid
    For the first time, scientists have created a permanently magnetic liquid. While soft magnets —also known as a ferromagnetic liquid—exist already, this discovery is different. A soft magnet can exist in liquid form when it’s close to magnetic objects, but it only remains magnetized when in the presence of such an object. This magnetic liquid, however, remained magnetized even after...
  8. DIY Magnetic Pin Dish

    DIY Magnetic Pin Dish
    If you sew, you know how easy it is to drop and lose those pesky straight pins. They’re small, slick, and hard to find once they’re on the carpet. Not only are they annoying, but loose pins can also be a hazard when walking around without shoes! To keep track of these pins and keep your area clean and organized...
  9. Building a New Superconducting Magnet

    Building a New Superconducting Magnet
    After the discovery of electromagnets in the 1800s, the world’s understanding and use of magnets started to evolve. However, the next big game changer didn’t occur until 1911 when Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity. This refers to the zero electrical resistance and expulsion of magnetic fields in some materials (superconductors) at very low absolute temperatures. Superconductors conduct electricity with “perfect” efficiency...
  10. Magnets in Proximity Sensing Applications

    Magnets in Proximity Sensing Applications
    Without proximity sensors, the details of our day-to-day lives would change. For example, cell phones wouldn’t be as user-friendly, manufacturing would be less streamlined, and the food and beverage industry wouldn’t operate under the same sterilization standards. Smart technology and profitable manufacturing rely on accurate measurement, tracking, and monitoring; proximity sensors provide that.  The Many Types of Proximity Sensors Proximity...

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