Magnet Facts

  1. Magnets Over the Last 100 Years: From AlNiCo to Neodymium

    Magnets Over the Last 100 Years: From AlNiCo to Neodymium
    By eleventh century AD, the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese all recorded their discovery of a seemingly magical rock that attracted iron and other stones: the naturally occurring lodestone. After its discovery, it didn’t take long for the Chinese to develop the first compass between 400 and 200 BC. Thus began the history of the magnet.  Continue reading →
  2. Magnetic Personalities: Magnes the Shepherd

    Magnetic Personalities: Magnes the Shepherd
    Magnes the Shepherd might be the very first of the Magnetic Personalities! Origin stories were popular in numerous ancient cultures and it seems like every aspect of human life has a legend associated with it. This is particularly true of the ancient Greeks. Pandora’s Box explains how evil came into the world. Your voice’s echo is really just a mountain nymph responding to you. Even the passing of the seasons is tied up with the story of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. Continue reading →
  3. Magnets in Printers: The Hidden Secret to Printing

    Magnets in Printers: The Hidden Secret to Printing
    When you think of a dot matrix printer, you might think of that distinctive, repetitive whine so many of them seem to have. Though that noise might take you down memory lane, the truth is you probably passed a matrix printer the last time you were at the grocery store.  Continue reading →
  4. Magnetic Personalities: Franz Mesmer

    Magnetic Personalities: Franz Mesmer
    Today, we use the phrase “animal magnetism” as a figure of speech. It’s often used to convey someone’s congeniality or attractiveness. Believe us, when we’re looking for the latest magnetic news, it can get a little tricky with all of the metaphorical headlines. However, this wasn’t always the case. The term “animal magnetism” was coined in a very literal sense by Austrian physician, Franz Mesmer (hence the term mesmerizing). Although his ideas were a little (ok, really) outlandish, Mesmer paved the way for a lot solid magnetic research. Continue reading →
  5. Rare Earth Magnets: A Rundown

    Rare Earth Magnets: A Rundown
    Rare earth magnets are a common feature in tons of household appliances. You’ve probably noticed that we carry them here at Apex Magnets in the form of our neodymium and samarium cobalt magnets. These permanent magnets sure sound fancy, but what sets them apart from other magnets? Let’s first dig into their history. Continue reading →
  6. Wireless Communication to Radar Systems: How Magnetism Makes It Possible

    Wireless Communication to Radar Systems: How Magnetism Makes It Possible
    If your car breaks down, one of the first things you’ll do is pull out your cell phone and dial for help.  Did you know you have magnets to thank for that phone call? Maybe you think we’re talking about the tiny magnets inside your phone, but this blog is actually about something even more impressive. There are magnets miles away from you that make it possible for your call to travel from your phone to AAA. Continue reading →
  7. Magnetic Latches: Keeping Your Kitchen and Office Organized

    Magnetic Latches: Keeping Your Kitchen and Office Organized
    We’ve all had that one cabinet door that wouldn’t stay shut. Maybe the hinges were on an angle or maybe the cabinet itself was unlevel. Regardless of the reason, the door was a constant hazard for bumping your head or knee as you moved around the kitchen. Modern cabinet fixtures have a solution to this problem: Magnets. So even if you make the rash decision to install the cabinet on the ceiling, there’s no chance of the door opening on its own.  Continue reading →
  8. Magnets in Fashion Statements

    Magnets in Fashion Statements
    Magnets are generally well-known for their industrial applications, but did you know they might be the next showstopper on red carpets too? That’s right, the fashion industry is finally starting to capitalize on magnets as reliable replacements for traditional buttons and clasps in clothing and jewelry, as you may have seen in some of our tutorials.  So, how do magnets make the lives of fashion designers and distributors easier? Continue reading →
  9. Who’s Who in Magnetics: Resources, Researchers, and Organizations

    Who’s Who in Magnetics: Resources, Researchers, and Organizations
    Back in the 90s, the U.S. was a major manufacturer of rare earth magnets, thanks in part to the now-closed Mountain Pass rare earth mine in Southern California. But ever since China found major rare earth mineral deposits under its soil, the industry has largely shifted overseas, with about 90% of all rare earth magnets coming out of China. With that, the magnet industry has also seen major consolidations in magnet-related magazines, trade associations, and conferences.  Despite the decrease in manufacturing numbers, there are still several notable magnet resources in the United States and Europe — periodicals, associations, conferences, and major research labs — all ripe for researchers, engineers, and magnet enthusiasts to subscribe to or enjoy. Continue reading →
  10. Safety First: Magnets Keep You Safe on the Road

    Safety First: Magnets Keep You Safe on the Road
    When you’re on the road, the objective is to get from Point A to Point B as quickly and safely as possible. Magnets are constantly working to ensure that happens. In fact, three of the most important safety features on a car — seatbelts, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), and your brake lights — rely on magnets to keep you...

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