magnetism

  1. The Rich History of Magnets

    The Rich History of Magnets
    Ever wonder where the word “magnet” comes from or what the story is behind it? It’s not as simple as you may think. Continue reading →
  2. A New Way to Measure Magnets on the Atomic Level

    A New Way to Measure Magnets on the Atomic Level
    When it comes to magnetic materials, magnetic ordering — simply put, the characteristic by which spins within atoms order themselves to allow magnets to interact — is very important to understand.  Recently, a team of researchers created a way to examine electronic spins within magnets at almost the atomic level, showing promising potential in small-level magnetism, like within data storage devices.  Continue reading →
  3. Industries That Could Be Revolutionized Thanks to Magnetic Breakthroughs

    Industries That Could Be Revolutionized Thanks to Magnetic Breakthroughs
    When we think of items that have helped revolutionize various industries, we may think as far back as the printing press and its impacts on the newspaper industry. Maybe we think of the Internet and its effect on nearly every industry imaginable. But what about magnets? Surely we know magnets are important, but do they still have a breakthrough-worthy impact on revolutionizing industries today?  Here are just a few industries that are using the power of magnets to revolutionize their work.  Continue reading →
  4. Strange Uses of Magnets

    Strange Uses of Magnets
    Quick — think of a magnet! Chances are, you pictured your fridge adorned with postcards and letters. Or maybe you thought about snapping a magnetic pen on a dry erase board. These common uses are only the beginning when it comes to magnets! Below, we’re sharing some of the most unusual ways magnets are used all around us.  Continue reading →
  5. 3D Printed Precise Magnets Using Special Stainless Steel

    3D Printed Precise Magnets Using Special Stainless Steel
    In what may appear to be no big deal -- but is in fact, a big deal -- 3D printed magnets have been created by using laser beams and metal powder. Empa team, led by Aryan Arabi-Hashemi and Christian Leinenbach, used a special type of stainless steel to precisely 3D print magnets, with a final result looking like a metal chess board. The board is four millimeters long on each side with alternating darker and lighter spots in the shape of squares. Eight of these squares are magnetic and the other eight have non-magnetic properties. Continue reading →
  6. Magnets to the Rescue: How Magnets Can Get You Out of Sticky Situations

    Magnets to the Rescue: How Magnets Can Get You Out of Sticky Situations
    We’ve all been there - the ring that slipped down the drain, the battery that won’t budge --the list of inconvenient situations we all experience around the house could go on and on. These unexpected, but inevitable, annoyances can throw off your whole day. But, the good news is, we’ve found solutions to get you through life’s little surprises. Read on to see how magnets can rescue you in a sticky situation.  Continue reading →
  7. Magnetism and Pets

    Magnetism and Pets
    Pets are a vital part of any family unit. They’re always there to cheer us up, snuggle up with us when we’re down, and greet us as soon as we return home. To honor our best friends, we put together a list of magnetic DIY tips and a fun fact to make living with your pet safer and more enjoyable! Continue reading →
  8. 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 →
  9. 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 →
  10. 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 →

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