American physicist Edwin H. Hall discovered the Hall Effect in 1879 – almost 20 years before we discovered the electron. He was clearly a man before his time because it took several decades for people to catch up to his discovery and fully grasp or understand its importance. Now the concept is used to operate computers, cell phones, cars, and...
After being theorized for decades, a material known as USb2 — a uranium and antimony compound—was found to be magnetic despite its singlet-based properties. Its magnetism has also been experimentally proven to exist in reasonable temperatures compared to the extremely cold temperatures it was once tested in. What’s significant about this? This new magnetic material may change the game in information storage for computers based on its ability to transition from magnetized to not in seconds. Weird. Continue reading →
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is dedicated to answering basic and applied science questions that range “from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow.” Recently, they announced the construction of a test accelerator they call the “Energy-Recovery Linac,” or CBETA, at Cornell University.
The CBETA will reportedly recycle energy by intertwining particle beams through chains of multi-pass permanent magnets in a Halbach array, which augments the magnetic field on one side and cancels the opposite field to near zero. This would revolutionize accelerator science, helping to reduce both cost and size, and fusing the best traits of linear and circular accelerators. Continue reading →
In a breakthrough toward the effort for fusion energy, scientists are using powerful new magnets in order to build the world’s first energy-producing fusion experiment. In a report published by the American Physical Society, it was revealed that collaborating scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Plasma Science & Fusion Center and Commonwealth Fusion Systems are working to speed up the development of fusion energy that can help fight the harmful effects of climate change. But how?
The methodology behind the experiment is based on high-powered temperature superconducting magnets. Continue reading →
If you own a smartphone, chances are you’ve dropped it a time or two (or three or four...). Hopefully, you had a protective case or screen protector on it to keep it from cracking or messing up anything internally. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case—sometimes, even if you do take precautionary measures, your phone can still be damaged in a fall.
Luckily, Apple recently gained the rights to a patent on a protective case. The company filed the patent in March 2015, but it was only made public last month. The patent, titled “Dynamic stabilized magnetic array,” explains how the protective case would use electromagnets to connect devices and accessories to each other. Continue reading →
As technology continues to improve by the year, it seems that it won’t be long until hoverboards emerge as a popular gadget in society for those of all ages to use. Let’s face it, who’d rather ride a bike or a skateboard when you can get from Point A to Point B on a floating magnetic device? Exactly.
In fact, Lexus has been working on the creation of a hoverboard called SLIDE, which would rely on magnetic levitation to lift itself off the ground. It visually resembles a skateboard, made with a mix of bamboo and carbon fiber material that emits smoke as it levitates six inches off the ground. You can check out a teaser video here.
But how does the hoverboard actually function? That’s where the use of magnets and magnetic levitation comes into play. Continue reading →
Since the early 1990s, scientists have known that the human brain contains magnetic particles deep within the organ’s tissue. The problem: we still don’t know what they’re for.
In a lab located in the remote forests near Munich, Germany, scientists are deep diving into the folds of the human brain to uncover the purpose of these magnetic particles. What could be the function of these mysterious particles? Some scientists considered that the particles served some biological function in the past while others suggest that the buildup of particles may have just come from pollution from our environment. Now, German scientists are leaning towards the first explanation. Continue reading →
Of the famous shipwrecks in the world, not many have been able to be recovered from their watery graveyards. The RMS Titanic still rests 12,000 feet below the surface where she fell. The RMS Republic, sunk in 1909 with millions of dollars worth of treasure in its vaults after colliding with the SS Florida off the coast of Nantucket, still rests 250 feet under water. One famous wreck, however, has been raised from her resting place just north of the Isle of Wight: The Mary Rose. Her rise to the surface might just be her demise, though. Continue reading →
Acknowledged by many as being the father of electricity and magnetism, William Gilbert is probably best known for his work on magnetism and studying the earth’s magnetic forces. Gilbert is credited as one of the first people to use the term “electricity” and was one of the first to find evidence proving Copernicus’s assertion that the earth isn’t a fixed point at the center of the galaxy. Read more about this fascinating and, dare we say, magnetic scientist here: Continue reading →
2016 has certainly been a newsworthy year, and magnetism didn’t miss out. It seemed like every time we turned around, magnets were popping up somewhere in the world (or galaxy). So as the year draws to an end, we thought we’d take a look back on some of the most exciting and interesting pieces of magnetic news. Continue reading →