Magnets in the News

  1. Space Sustainability: Using Magnets to Clean Up Dead Satellites

    Space Sustainability: Using Magnets to Clean Up Dead Satellites
    We’re all pretty familiar with the importance of sustainability. Picking up trash, recycling, reusing when possible, and decreasing our carbon footprint are all important ways to keep Earth’s environment balanced and healthy. What about beyond Earth’s surface though? Well, scientists have been developing a new form of environmentalism —space sustainability, and magnets are leading the new technology designed to clean up debris and dead satellites in space.  Learn how magnets can keep our outer environment as sustainable as our interior one.  Continue reading →
  2. Manipulating Magnets at an Atomic Level

    Manipulating Magnets at an Atomic Level
    We already know that magnets are found all around us from the obvious fridge magnets to being in many day-to-day appliances and in cloud storage data, such as Google or Amazon!  This fall, a team of researchers created a way to examine electronic spins within magnets at almost the atomic level — you can read all about it here — showing promising potential in small-level magnetism. Recently, another team of researchers was able to not only measure but manipulate magnets at an atomic level.  Continue reading →
  3. Magnetic “Skin” Is Helping Robots to Feel

    Magnetic “Skin” Is Helping Robots to Feel
    After researching subtle changes in surrounding magnetic fields, a team of researchers from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), South University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) of Pittsburgh has developed a new technology for robotic fingers. The fingertips have a soft tactile sensor with skin-comparable characteristics.  This discovery is believed to be a stepping stone into making ultra-sensitive prosthetic hands, as well as other applications in the robotics field. One of the most interesting findings is that by having this sensor at robots’ fingertips, they will accomplish “human” tasks that are challenging, such as gripping fragile objects, threading a needle, and more.  Continue reading →
  4. Two More Things You May Not Know About Earth’s Magnetic Field

    Two More Things You May Not Know About Earth’s Magnetic Field
    In our last blog post, we talked about how the Earth’s magnetic field is dented — remember, we’re safe from any effects this dent has on the ground! — and how the magnetic field has reversed… hundreds of times! Again, the magnetic field reversing may seem alarming — many ‘doomsday’ theories come from the fear of pole reversal — but, rest assured, it doesn’t signify the end of the world. Now, we have two more magnetic phenomena to share — geodynamo paradox and geomagnetic jerks!  Continue reading →
  5. How Benefit is Using the Power of Magnetism in Their Mascara 

    How Benefit is Using the Power of Magnetism in Their Mascara 
    When you think about the power of magnetism, makeup is probably not your first thought. But Benefit Cosmetics’ latest product might change your mind. The makeup company launched a new product as an addition to one of their most popular lines—They’re Real! Mascara — changing the game when it comes to the integration of science and mascara. Is it all a gimmick though? Or will this innovative mascara set a new standard for magnetism in makeup? Let’s check out the benefits (get it?). Continue reading →
  6. DIY Magnet Craft: Spring Weather Checker

    DIY Magnet Craft: Spring Weather Checker
    You might know the popular saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” and no matter where you live, we all know how unpredictable spring weather can be. Rainy days might mean more time indoors, but it can be fun for young kids to play weatherperson during a season with so much variety.  To combine education and crafting, we’re sharing this magnet DIY made up of a cloud, the sun, a raindrop, a rainbow, and a flower to help little ones predict the weather.  Thanks to the magnets, this can be kept on the kitchen fridge or even on desks for daily weather checks. Whichever way you choose to use these adorable spring magnets, though, the kids will have fun with it! Just remember that when handling magnets children should be under adult supervision, with adults handling the magnets at all times.  Continue reading →
  7. Geomagnetic Jerks

    Geomagnetic Jerks
    At Apex, we cover all types of magnetic news and discoveries from the Moon’s magnetism to aquatic robots activated by magnets. But there’s one phenomenon we haven't been able to fully understand and talk about—until now — geomagnetic jerks. In a recent blog, we discussed how there’s a “dent” in Earth’s magnetic field, called the South Atlantic Anomaly, which is essentially a weak spot in the magnetic field. The radiation caused by this anomaly poses a threat to our satellites and their onboard computers while moving through this spot —but, it’s not the only strange occurrence resulting from the magnetic field. Enter the jerks— geomagnetic jerks, that is. These are abrupt changes in the strength of Earth's magnetic field, resulting in pulses that, like the anomaly, can compromise our satellites.  Continue reading →
  8. Two Things You May Not Know About Earth’s Magnetic Field

    Two Things You May Not Know About Earth’s Magnetic Field
    If you didn’t know already, the Earth is a giant magnet. Its magnetic field comes from its core being solid iron, with molten metal surrounding it. This magnetic field acts like a protective shield around the planet, trapping and repelling charged particles from the Sun. There’s a lot to learn about Earth’s magnetic field, with new discoveries being made almost yearly! In this blog post we’re covering two things — the “dent” in the magnetic field, and how the field flips.  Continue reading →
  9. Inside A Bird’s Mysterious Magnetic Sense

    Inside A Bird’s Mysterious Magnetic Sense
    You might think that being able to see the world through an aerial view would be the only navigation tool birds need. However, a bird’s internal navigational system has something more complicated and fascinating going on. For years, scientists have theorized that migratory birds experience an innate phenomenon that allows them to ‘see’ the Earth’s magnetic field. Recently though, scientists at the University of Tokyo turned this hypothesis into actual proof.  Continue reading →
  10. The Long Relationship Between the Moon and Magnetism

    The Long Relationship Between the Moon and Magnetism
    While the moon doesn’t have its own magnetic field—anymore—the moon and magnetism do go hand in hand. From meteors, plasmas, and the moon being part of Earth once, there have been a lot of discoveries in terms of the moon and magnetism! Here, we’re rounding up the articles we’ve written on the topic.  Continue reading →

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