magnetism

  1. 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 →
  2. 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 →
  3. 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 →
  4. The Use of Permanent Magnets in Electric Motors

    The Use of Permanent Magnets in Electric Motors
    Motors are all around us! They are practically indispensable in almost every major industry and can be found wherever there is mechanical movement. In the average household, you will likely find electric motors in your washing machine, microwave, refrigerator, ceiling fans, hairdryers, electric razors, and the list goes on. On an even smaller scale, micro-motors can be found in your most-used electronics — computers, laptops, and cellphones.   Continue reading →
  5. Removing Microplastics Using Magnets

    Removing Microplastics Using Magnets
    Using magnets to clean up the ocean isn’t new -—- we’ve even talked about magnets being used in cleaning up oil spills in the oceans before. The future of microplastic disposal in wastewater treatment facilities may be getting cleaned up thanks to one teenager’s science fair project. Irish student Fionn Ferreira recently won Google’s 2019 science fair with his inventive means to extract microplastics from water. Continue reading →
  6. The Magnetism Behind Stationary Exercise Bikes

    The Magnetism Behind Stationary Exercise Bikes
    Whether you’re an avid cyclist or new to the game, you’re likely familiar with a few popular stationary exercise bikes: Peloton, Schwinn, Echelon Fit, and NordicTrack, which all use magnetic resistance. There are four other types of exercise bikes: brake-based systems, direct contact, and fan-based systems, but magnetic resistance bikes are leading the stationary exercise bike, however. So, what makes magnetic resistance the most popular? Read on to learn more. Continue reading →
  7. Magnetic Podcast Episodes

    Magnetic Podcast Episodes
    Are you an avid podcast listener? We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting episodes on magnetism. These episodes from a variety of podcasts dive deep into magnetism, from explaining how magnetic fields work to why magnets even exist. Throw one of these on during your commute and let us know what you think!  The Science of Everything Podcast This...
  8. Keep Kids' Minds Active in the Summer With This Amazing Magnet Pen

    Keep Kids' Minds Active in the Summer With This Amazing Magnet Pen
    It can be hard to find activities for the kids to do that are both educational and fun, but this experiment is just that. Keep your kids busy and their minds active this summer by making a magic spinning pen. The best part? You probably have all of the materials for this experiment already! Continue reading →
  9. The Mystery of Magnetic Mesoamerican Sculptures

    The Mystery of Magnetic Mesoamerican Sculptures
    We’re fascinated by the creative endeavors of those before us, especially when their art involves magnetism. New research, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, suggests that ancient sculptors intentionally chose magnetized rocks when creating their masterpieces. Over 2,000 years ago, sculptors in modern-day Guatemala carved “potbelly sculptures” out of boulders. These sculptures depicted figures of obese humans nearly six and a half feet tall and roughly 22 thousand pounds. There’s more to these sculptures than what meets the eye, though. Continue reading →
  10. Common Magnet Myths

    Common Magnet Myths
    At Apex Magnets, we hear our fair share of questions about magnets, including inquiries about their make, properties, capabilities, and effects. Many of the questions are about the validity of certain claims, so we decided to put together a blog post about five common magnet myths and why they aren’t true. Continue reading →
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