Magnets. You already know what they are and everything about them. Or do you? Magnets are crucial to many more emerging technologies than you might expect. The tried-and-true magnet is about to change everything–from how we drive and treat cancer to how we play sports.
Induction cooking is sorcery masked as science through the power of magnets. That’s what I believe in my heart, at least. The heat is created from magnetic induction (as opposed to a gas stove flame or electric heating) which means without the right type of pan, you won’t be able to cook anything, even if the stove is…
Buckyballs are the small, spherical, ridiculously fun, neodynium magnets that last year were recalled for posing "a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers." Here's what happens when you combine a hefty lump of these high-powered magnets with a high-powered blender.
This is the kind of thing you'll either understand completely or not at all, but the moment I discovered hand-crafted xenomorph life cycle fridge magnets were a thing, I knew. You know what I need pretty desperately?, I thought to myself. FRIDGE MAGNETS.
Another day, another cool-looking chemistry experiment. This time around, the chemists involved are using a little-known property of oxygen to build an oxygen bridge between two magnets.
Though predicted to exist, magnetic monopoles — hypothetical elementary particles with only one magnetic pole — have never been detected by scientists. But physicists have just accomplished the next best thing by actually creating their own synthetic version of these bizarre magnetic particles in the lab.
The individual cubes in the Float Table appear to be suspended in the air. The effect is created by a combination of embedded magnets and steel cables, creating furniture that appears stable when still, but moves when touched.
It's a match made in YouTube Science Heaven: In the latest episode of Minute Physics, Henry Reich teams up with the folks at Veritasium to address one of the Internet's favorite scientific conundrums: MAGNETS.
This dress looks like an alien exoskeleton — but it was actually "grown" using mega-magnets, out of iron filings and a special resin. Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen created this magnetic dress in collaboration with product designer Jólan van der Wiel for Van Herpen's 2013 fall/winter couture collection.
These dresses by designer Iris van Herpen have a magnetic quality—literally. Van Herpen pulled a mixture of iron filings over fabric with magnets, creating fashions with a spiky texture.
Get a load of this hover-tastic wireless computer mouse by KIBARDINDESIGN, which is purportedly in the "testing period and research market" stage of development. According to the design studio's website, the mouse — product designation: "The Bat" — levitates at a height of 40 millimeters on its own, or 10mm beneath…
This is totally cool. Watch as graphite is plunked down on a floor of magnets and guided around by a laser. The laser can even get it to spin in place! We'll tell you how it works.
Rare earth magnets are special kinds of magnets, and they behave in a very strange way when exposed to metals — especially copper. The faster they go, the more they slow down. Find out why, and take a look at people trying to force a slow-motion magnet to go fast.
One of the theories for the incredible navigational skills of birds is that they can sense magnetic fields through the magnetite in their beaks — essentially giving them a built-in compass. It's one of the more pervasive explanations, but it looks like it might not be true, at least for pigeons.
The famous "superconductor monorail" was a wonderful visual demonstration of what superconductors do to magnets. At first, magnets are repelled by the superconductor. As the temperature drops, a superconducting material unceremoniously kicks magnetic fields out of its territory. If a magnet is forced close to a…
Some of you are old enough to remember a pre-30 Rock Alec Baldwin trying to wrangle Sean Connery's rogue Russian submarine captain and his top-secret magnetohydrodynamic propulsion system in The Hunt for Red October. The system doesn't exist, in reality, but you can make a teacup version of it, using some basic…
Magnetotactic bacteria were first discovered back in 1975. They're microbes that orient themselves along magnetic fields, thanks to their compartments of tiny magnetic nanocrystals called magnetesomes (the orange circles in the picture above), which force the bacteria into magnetic alignment. Unlike larger animals…