magnetism

  1. Dr. Sheldon Breiner & His Magnetic Exploration Techniques

    Dr. Sheldon Breiner & His Magnetic Exploration Techniques
    In October 2019, world-renowned geophysicist  Dr. Sheldon Breiner passed away at the age of 82. Breiner was a magnetic pioneer. In the 1960s, he devised a method to use magnetism to detect  sunken submarines and other underwater objects by observing the way they affected the magnetic fields around them. His company, Geometrics, developed magnetometers that measured magnetic fields, and his expertise helped archaeological research expeditions around the world.  Continue reading →
  2. Pinball Machines and Electromagnets

    Pinball Machines and Electromagnets
    Stern Pinball created a Stranger Things inspired pinball machine that features video projections and a clever ball trap inspired by the character Eleven’s telekinetic powers. Though Stranger Things is set in the 80s, this pinball machine is made from the latest technology. Continue reading →
  3. New Matcha Machine is Powered by a Magnetic Stirrer

    New Matcha Machine is Powered by a Magnetic Stirrer
    Matcha lovers rejoice! There’s a new product on the market that allows you to authentically craft the sweet and savory green beverage right from the comfort of your home. Just like coffee, there’s a noticeable difference in taste between Matcha made with pre-mixed powder, and Matcha made with fresh ground green tea leaves that are usually only accessible in coffee shops. However, with the help of Cuzen Matcha, your kitchen will become that coffee shop! Continue reading →
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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 →
  8. 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 →
  9. 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 →
  10. 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 →

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