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  1. What Is Magnetic Field Architecture?

    What Is Magnetic Field Architecture?
    In the future, not only could you be zooming around on a hoverboard, but your house may also float and your robot assistant at work could levitate to avoid obstacles and maintain a sterile space. This may seem too far-fetched to be happening anytime soon, but a company called Arx Pax is working to change that with magnetic field architecture (MFA). Continue reading →
  2. Dead Stars and Magnetic Fields

    Dead Stars and Magnetic Fields
    When you look up at a night sky, how many of the stars you see are dead? The answer might surprise you but don’t let the thought depress you - dead stars are fascinating! A star’s death may progress in one of several ways such as becoming a neuron star or even a magnetar, one of the most powerful magnets in the universe. A more common death for a star, however, results in a white dwarf. White dwarf is believed to be the last stage in a star’s life-cycle and even in this final stage, white dwarf stars can have curiously strong magnetic fields. Continue reading →
  3. 3 Uses For Electromagnetic Pulses

    3 Uses For Electromagnetic Pulses
    Electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) occur when a rapidly accelerating electric current generates a magnetic field and causes a burst of electromagnetic energy. Commonly caused by lightning strikes, EMPs can cause power outages and can even damage electronics by short-circuiting them. While we have ways of protecting ourselves against EMPs caused by lightning, can we use EMPs for our own purposes? Continue reading →
  4. What Is A Geomagnetic Storm?

    What Is A Geomagnetic Storm?
    A geomagnetic storm recently caused some unusual aurora sightings on Earth. The storm is a result of solar eruptions strong enough to disturb Earth’s magnetosphere. The magnetosphere usually protects us from solarwinds so what made this disturbance different? Continue reading →
  5. Can Magnetic Fields Be Blocked?

    Can Magnetic Fields Be Blocked?
    Magnetic shielding may seem like the stuff of science fiction novels and movies, but it’s real. Unlike some forces, such as electricity, magnetic fields can’t technically be blocked. This is because there is no monopole magnet--or at least not one that we know. The magnetic field lines run from a magnet’s north and south pole, which makes blocking them difficult. Continue reading →
  6. What is the Magnetosphere?

    What is the Magnetosphere?
    Planets that have magnetic fields also have a magnetosphere. Venus and Mars are the only planets that do not have a magnetic field and some scientists believe that the loss of their magnetic fields could have been the reason why they lost their oceans. The Earth’s magnetic field protects us from space debris and the charged particles of solar winds. If solar winds break through the atmosphere, they can emit dangerous radiation. Continue reading →
  7. What Would Happen If Earth’s Magnetic Field Disappeared?

    What Would Happen If Earth’s Magnetic Field Disappeared?
    What could possibly be scarier than the ghosts and ghouls that come out on Halloween? We can think of a few things. One of those is the thought of an Earth without a magnetic field. You may have heard that the magnetic field poles are about to flip━within the next 100 years according to some scientists. Although the flipping of the magnetic poles sounds scary, it has occurred many times before and hasn’t had a catastrophic effect for life on Earth. However, if the magnetic field completely vanished, there could be some major repercussions. Would Magnets Still Work Without Earth’s Magnetic Field? Continue reading →
  8. Salmon Migration May Depend On The Magnetic Field

    Salmon Migration May Depend On The Magnetic Field
    It's no secret that strong magnets are capable of some pretty awe-inspiring things. 
  9. Researchers Point To The Possibility Of Our Planet's Magnetic Flip

    Researchers Point To The Possibility Of Our Planet's Magnetic Flip
    Strong magnets feature the properties of the complex magnetic fields found in nature.
  10. What is Gauss?

    What is Gauss?
    What is Gauss? Gauss is a unit of measurement that is used to describe the strength of a magnetic field. Gauss is named after Carl Friedrich Gauss, a German physicist and mathematician who developed a way to measure the strength of a magnet in relation to mass, length and time. Why is Gauss Important? People who are purchasing magnets, including...

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