Magnets in the News

  1. Can You Use Magnets for Bungee Jumping? Not So Fast

    Can You Use Magnets for Bungee Jumping?  Not So Fast
    For thrill seekers, bungee jumping is an exhilarating experience like none other. Just imagine the feeling of free-falling from a dangerously high cliff and stopping just before you hit the ground from an elastic cord that slingshots you back up into the air. It’s certainly not for everyone, but – like skydiving out of planes – some people love it.  Continue reading →
  2. Magnetism in Space

    Magnetism in Space
    We are constantly learning about new findings of magnetism in space. From space migrations and magnetic levitation to helping astronauts reach faraway planets, magnetism plays a key role in our studies of the galaxy beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Read more about what magnetic knowledge we gained in 2019 relating to space. Continue reading →
  3. New Study Suggests The End of the Lunar Dynamo Happened 1B Years Ago

    New Study Suggests The End of the Lunar Dynamo Happened 1B Years Ago
    The moon is known to have likely lost its magnetic field after an internal dynamo stopped firing, the question has remained, however, of when. A team led by Said Mighani from MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and Huapei Wang from the China University of Geosciences, have been studying the moon’s magnetic field for several years, and think they found an answer.  Continue reading →
  4. Magnetic Field May Improve Frozen Avocado Puree Properties

    Magnetic Field May Improve Frozen Avocado Puree Properties
    Does anyone really know the lifespan of an avocado? It feels like one minute it’s hard as a rock and then the next it’s mushy and too ripe.  If you’re a fan of avocados and haven’t nailed down the ripeness timing, freezing them can be a great way to extend the shelf-life of food, but, the quality post-thawing is sometimes inferior. Scientists Yamei Jin and Zhengjun Xie from Jiangnan University in China may have found an answer: adding a magnetic field in the freezing process.  Continue reading →
  5. Dr. Sheldon Breiner & His Magnetic Exploration Techniques

    Dr. Sheldon Breiner & His Magnetic Exploration Techniques
    In October 2019, world-renowned geophysicist  Dr. Sheldon Breiner passed away at the age of 82. Breiner was a magnetic pioneer. In the 1960s, he devised a method to use magnetism to detect  sunken submarines and other underwater objects by observing the way they affected the magnetic fields around them. His company, Geometrics, developed magnetometers that measured magnetic fields, and his expertise helped archaeological research expeditions around the world.  Continue reading →
  6. Pinball Machines and Electromagnets

    Pinball Machines and Electromagnets
    Stern Pinball created a Stranger Things inspired pinball machine that features video projections and a clever ball trap inspired by the character Eleven’s telekinetic powers. Though Stranger Things is set in the 80s, this pinball machine is made from the latest technology. Continue reading →
  7. New Matcha Machine is Powered by a Magnetic Stirrer

    New Matcha Machine is Powered by a Magnetic Stirrer
    Matcha lovers rejoice! There’s a new product on the market that allows you to authentically craft the sweet and savory green beverage right from the comfort of your home. Just like coffee, there’s a noticeable difference in taste between Matcha made with pre-mixed powder, and Matcha made with fresh ground green tea leaves that are usually only accessible in coffee shops. However, with the help of Cuzen Matcha, your kitchen will become that coffee shop! Continue reading →
  8. Drew Barrymore Credits Electromagnetic Therapy for Post-pregnancy Weight Loss

    Drew Barrymore Credits Electromagnetic Therapy for Post-pregnancy Weight Loss
    You’re probably quite familiar with grammy-nominated actress Drew Barrymore from her lead roles in movies like Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates, Never Been Kissed and – as a six-year old  – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. Barrymore, critically acclaimed as one of the most talented actresses of her generation, has charmed the hearts of audiences throughout her entire career. Barrymore’s meteoric rise from a childhood star to one of Hollywood’s best has now brought the 44 year-old into motherhood.  Continue reading →
  9. How Magnetism Has Been Misinterpreted in Pop Culture

    How Magnetism Has Been Misinterpreted in Pop Culture
    While we at Apex Magnets love to learn about how magnetism and rare earth magnets are being used for various real-world applications, we’re also intrigued when magnetism has been worked into popular culture. From movies and shows like Stranger Things to supervillains’ and superheroes’ powers, it’s exciting when magnetism is the thread that connects these memorable storylines and characters.  Though...
  10. Recovering Rare Earth Elements from Consumer Waste with Microbes

    Recovering Rare Earth Elements from Consumer Waste with Microbes
    As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, recycling and repurposing rare earth magnets is important. Rare earth elements used for certain types of energy, advanced vehicles, and electronics while existing in high concentrations around the world, they are not found in deposits that are easily exploitable due to their geochemical properties and the current geopolitical state. Because of this, researchers have studied various ways to recycle permanent magnet materials over the years. Most recently, a team from the Critical Materials Institute—led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory—found a way to increase the nation’s supply of rare earth materials: microbe beads.  Continue reading →

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