magnetism

  1. Magnetic Water Treatment (MWT): The Effect on Water Productivity

    Magnetic Water Treatment (MWT): The Effect on Water Productivity
    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...
  2. 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...
  3. What Are Magnet Aquarium Cleaners?

    What Are Magnet Aquarium Cleaners?
    One of the worst parts of having an aquarium is cleaning it. It takes up a lot of time, it often makes a mess, and it can be pretty gross if we’re being honest! These reasons have people turning to magnetic cleaners. We know what you’re thinking — can you put magnets in water? The simple answer is yes. Though...
  4. Why Magnetism in Certain Materials is Different in Atomically Thin Layers and Their Bulk Forms

    Why Magnetism in Certain Materials is Different in Atomically Thin Layers and Their Bulk Forms
    A group of researchers led by MIT Department of Physics Professor Pablo Jarillo-Herrero have built on two years of prior research to present us with new findings. Previous research led by researchers at the University of Washington showed that rotating layers of hexagonally-structured graphene at a particular “magic angle” could change the material’s electronic properties from an insulating state to a superconducting state. This time, Jarillo-Herro’s group went deep into 2-D magnets to find if magnetism in certain materials is different in atomically thin layers than in their bulk forms.  Continue reading →
  5. Four Uses of Magnets and Magnetism in Movies

    Four Uses of Magnets and Magnetism in Movies
    Whether you’re a dedicated film buff or a casual movie-watcher, you’ve likely experienced the tropes of magnetism in film. In fact, magnetism has been a recurring concept shown in pop culture, from superheroes and supervillains to Netflix originals. While some uses are a stretch or don’t quite add up in real life, it’s still fun to see the different ways that filmmakers have incorporated the thing we’re most passionate about! Here, you’ll find our roundup of four ways magnets and magnetism were used in movies.  Continue reading →
  6. Here’s What Happens When You Heat Paramagnets

    Here’s What Happens When You Heat Paramagnets
    Magnets are a crucial part of collecting energy from heat. When one side of a magnet is heated, the other, cooler side will become more magnetic, which produces spin --flux of magnetism -- and creates electricity. Once paramagnets are heated up, though, nothing happens. That is until an international team of researchers and scientists found a way to capture heat and transform it into electricity using paramagnets, something that wasn’t thought to be possible.  Continue reading →
  7. Sea Turtles Find Their Birthplace with Magnetic Fields

    Sea Turtles Find Their Birthplace with Magnetic Fields
    Previous studies have shown that sea turtles use Earth’s magnetic field to help guide them at sea, similar to how sailors use latitude and longitude. Loggerhead turtles, in particular, have been known to swim thousands of miles to lay their eggs on Florida’s Gulf, as well as Atlantic coasts. What’s interesting is that recent research has found that these nesting places are actually within about 40-50 miles of where the turtles were born decades earlier.  Continue reading →
  8. St. Jude Receives World's Largest Superconducting Magnet for Research

    St. Jude Receives World's Largest Superconducting Magnet for Research
    On September 5th, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, TN, received the largest superconducting magnet in the world. You may be asking, ”what would a hospital need a 10-ton magnet that’s a million times stronger than the earth’s magnetic field for?” Below, you’ll find your answer.  Continue reading →
  9. Laser Light Turns Metals into Magnets

    Laser Light Turns Metals into Magnets
    Normally, it’s possible for light to transform the properties of a material; however, these properties must exist to be manipulated. Physicists now believe they have found a way to use lasers to transform the properties of a material, creating new properties. Specifically, they have discovered a way to make non-magnetic materials magnetic.  Continue reading →
  10. Magnets and Quality Control in the Food & Beverage Industry

    Magnets and Quality Control in the Food & Beverage Industry
    Do you know about the important role magnets play in the food and beverage industry? This is especially crucial during processing when metal contaminants can interrupt production, damage equipment, or lead to product recalls and consumer injury. Magnets are used to attract unwanted metal fragments (some as small as dust), whereas other methods of quality control (QC) — metal detectors and X-ray machines — are limited by how much they can accurately detect. Continue reading →

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