1. 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 →
  2. 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 →
  3. 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 →
  4. 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 →
  5. Electromagnets and Rare Earth Elements (REE) Guiding Military Missiles

    Electromagnets and Rare Earth Elements (REE) Guiding Military Missiles
    Military missile guidance encapsulates a variety of methods, but one thing remains the same –– target accuracy dictates effectiveness. If you miss your target, that can lead to chaos, unnecessary violence, and even civilian casualties. Historically, this has been a devastating issue, so the most accurate methods are highly sought after.  Today, the military uses infrared-guided technology –– electromagnetic radiation...
  6. Video Guide to Magnets

    Video Guide to Magnets
    When it comes to magnets and magnetism, most people have a general sense of what the two are. However, many don’t know or are just really intrigued by the overall process needed to create these items. Whether you know nothing about magnet creation or you want to know as much as possible (we like you) we’re exploring how magnets are...
  7. How to Determine Which Pull Force is Right For Your Project

    How to Determine Which Pull Force is Right For Your Project
    While altering size is one way to impact a magnet’s strength, it can become quite expensive to shop for larger magnets if you’re using a lot of them. That’s why it’s important to understand what you’re actually buying as choosing the right pull force can get you the best bang for your buck when it comes to magnet shopping!  What...
  8. Inducing Magnetism in Graphene

    Inducing Magnetism in Graphene
    While graphene has mechanical, electronic, and optical properties it hasn’t been good for magnetic purposes. Empa researchers and international partners have succeeded in synthesizing nanographene which conclusively demonstrates that carbon in very specific forms has magnetic properties.  What We’ve Known Graphene is non-metallic thanks to its 2-D structure made of carbon. In 2017, we wrote about a study where researchers...
  9. Today's World Without Magnets

    Today's World Without Magnets
    Magnets are a common item that many of us take for granted, ourselves included at times! Below, we’re highlighting a few common ways magnets are utilized and sharing what it would look like if these magnetic fields and inventions were to disappear. Hint: it’s not a world we want to live in! Continue reading →
  10. Carl Friedrich Gauss: Contributions to Magnetism

    Carl Friedrich Gauss: Contributions to Magnetism
    In addition to being a brilliant mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, Carl Friedrich Gauss was also a pioneer in the fields of magnetism and electricity. His contributions over his lifetime of knowledge have even led him to be honored as one of the most influential mathematicians to this day. Below, we’ll cover a few of his accomplishments in relation to magnetism (as we can’t cover all his accomplishments in one blog post!): Continue reading →

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