The world is currently facing a pandemic and people are being encouraged to practice social distancing for the foreseeable future. The amount of recommended time for this kind of practice is unknown –– some hypothesizing weeks and others predicting months. The truth is, even after COVID-19 is under control, it will have a lasting impact on our businesses, but I’m...
Space exploration may still seem like science fiction to some, but rest assured, it is very real, and humanity is learning more each year. Our scientists are actually starting to get down to the nitty-gritty of space, meaning Martian rocks and dust. This highly magnetic material is collected by exploratory rovers so that we can study and reveal any secrets it might hold about Mars’ past, specifically in relation to geologic history. Continue reading →
Every year, a massive amount of water is used, and essentially wasted, to keep the agriculture industry profitable. However, people are beginning to realize that clean water is a finite resource (more so in some countries than others), and we need to enact certain ongoing strategies to reduce our level of consumption. This practice of conservation is referred to as...
Imagine waking up in the morning and shuffling over to the coffee maker. You pour yourself a hot cup, then reach for the sugar. As you scoop your sugar out of the bag, you notice something shiny. It’s a small shard of metal. If you had been any more tired this morning, there’s a chance you would’ve mixed it into your coffee and swallowed it. Continue reading →
The field of prosthodontics has utilized magnets for many years, namely in the design of corrective implant-supported overdentures and maxillofacial prosthesis. While prosthodontic engineers, orthodontists, and dentists originally experimented with aluminum-nickel-cobalt magnets (Alnico), their success was limited due to corrosion-causing saliva. More recently, they’ve found success with rare earth magnets like samarium-cobalt and neodymium, which are stronger and more resistant to corrosive elements when coated. Continue reading →
If you build or sell your own furniture, you’ve likely encountered one or two unhappy clients irked by the way a door or drawer won't stay latched and closed. Usually, it has something to do with the angle the furniture is placed at or the levelness of the surface. Or maybe your client has kids who constantly leave the drawer open… but just a little bit.
Regardless of the reason, open doors and drawers can become an annoyance and even a hazard. As the creator or merchandiser of a furniture line, you have a responsibility to anticipate these kinds of problems and solve them whenever possible. In this case, permanent magnets can be your solution. Continue reading →
Do you own a gym? Are you thinking about buying one? Maybe you just want to upgrade your own home gym. In any case, you are probably looking for specific exercise equipment to fill your space. What you might not realize is that one of the many choices you’ll have to make is whether or not to use magnetic resistance equipment in your bikes and treadmills. Continue reading →
In agriculture, a high concentration of salt accumulation in the soil can decrease the value of farmlands and productivity — meaning less healthy or less abundant crops for farmers. Because of this, there is a need to reduce salinity in soil and “improve the leaching of salts below the root zones of salt-sensitive crops,” such as potatoes, tomatoes, and citrus fruits. Continue reading →
By combining permanent magnets and field winding into a wound rotor system, researchers at Purdue University have come up with a way to reduce the size of some moderate-to-low electric generators while also increasing the efficiency. Continue reading →
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...