Magnets in the News

  1. Felix Bloch: Contributions to Magnetism

    Felix Bloch: Contributions to Magnetism
    Felix Bloch was a Swiss-American physicist and Nobel Prize winner who developed a technique for observing magnetism in nuclear particles. This would later be referred to as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR,) and would lay a foundation for diagnostic medicine, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI.) Below, we're exploring the late Bloch’s contributions to NMR and MRI and their relation to magnetism.  Continue reading →
  2. Magnetic Exhibits: In-Person and Virtual

    Magnetic Exhibits: In-Person and Virtual
    Being cooped up at home all day isn’t fun for anyone. Why not try to make the best of things, and find educational value while doing so? Together, we’ll explore two museums that are featuring magnetic exhibits for you to virtually visit,  as well as even offering virtual and online resources to fill your time. Continue reading →
  3. A Breakthrough in Liquid Magnetism - A Quantum Mechanical Mystery

    A Breakthrough in Liquid Magnetism - A Quantum Mechanical Mystery
    A team of researchers working at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a U.S Department of Energy facility Argonne National Laboratory, has been able to show that, by applying slow and steady pressure, some magnetic materials can be pushed into a state similar to a liquid.  Continue reading →
  4. Electromagnets and Rare Earth Elements (REE) Guiding Military Missiles

    Electromagnets and Rare Earth Elements (REE) Guiding Military Missiles
    Military missile guidance encapsulates a variety of methods, but one thing remains the same –– target accuracy dictates effectiveness. If you miss your target, that can lead to chaos, unnecessary violence, and even civilian casualties. Historically, this has been a devastating issue, so the most accurate methods are highly sought after.  Today, the military uses infrared-guided technology –– electromagnetic radiation...
  5. Inducing Magnetism in Graphene

    Inducing Magnetism in Graphene
    While graphene has mechanical, electronic, and optical properties it hasn’t been good for magnetic purposes. Empa researchers and international partners have succeeded in synthesizing nanographene which conclusively demonstrates that carbon in very specific forms has magnetic properties.  What We’ve Known Graphene is non-metallic thanks to its 2-D structure made of carbon. In 2017, we wrote about a study where researchers...
  6. Today's World Without Magnets

    Today's World Without Magnets
    Magnets are a common item that many of us take for granted, ourselves included at times! Below, we’re highlighting a few common ways magnets are utilized and sharing what it would look like if these magnetic fields and inventions were to disappear. Hint: it’s not a world we want to live in! Continue reading →
  7. Magnetism in Animals

    Magnetism in Animals
    Birds, amphibians & reptiles, and marine animals navigate by sensing changes in Earth’s magnetic field. We already know life on Earth is dependent on its magnetic field thanks to the powerful electrical currents it creates, and scientists have proven that some animals use magnetic sense, but we wanted to dig deeper into the why and how magnetic fields are so important to keep animals going where they need to go.  Continue reading →
  8. An Explanation for Why Solar Winds Are Hotter Than Expected

    An Explanation for Why Solar Winds Are Hotter Than Expected
    The topic of solar wind has been discussed since it’s discovery in 1959, but, there’s still a lot that we don’t know about it. One of solar winds’ mysteries surrounds the fact that when it reaches the Earth, satellite measurements are recording temperatures that are hotter than the laws of physics would predict. Physicists from the University of Wisconsin - Madison may now know the reason why this is with their study that was published April 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Continue reading →
  9. Unique Ways Magnets are Used and a Little Magnet 101

    Unique Ways Magnets are Used and a Little Magnet 101
    Magnets are remarkable items that are commonly used in many of our day-to-day activities and technology. While fridge magnets come to mind when thinking about how magnets are used, there are so many ways magnets are used in science and technology!  Here are some facts about neodymium magnets that you may not have known before! Continue reading →
  10. All About Magnetic Lashes

    All About Magnetic Lashes
    One of the latest fashion trends that refuses to slow down is having longer, fuller lashes. In everyone’s search for the latest and greatest tricks in the beauty world, magnetic lashes are proving to be a viable option.  Rather than using a traditional adhesive, these lashes are held together by -- you guessed it -- tiny magnets. Essentially, they work...

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