Last year, a massive, 17-ton, 52-foot wide electromagnet was successfully shipped from Long Island to Illinois. This week, it hit another milestone: It was successfully chilled to negative 450 Fahrenheit temps after 10 years’ inactivity, proving it’s ready to solve a whole new decade’s physics mysteries. »
Anyone who has ever gone fishing knows that you don’t always catch what you’re trying to catch. In industrial fishing, that problem is called “bycatch,” and it can have grave consequences. »
We were teased a hoverboard. We saw a hoverboard. And we even rode the hoverboard. So how does Lexus’ hoverboard actually work? This video breaks down the science behind it and like all things magical in science, it’s the lovely work of magnets. We can see how the polarity of the magnetic track is set up and how the… »
So far, the most practical use man has found for ferrofluid—the mesmerizing black goo that reacts to magnets in cool ways—is as gorgeous eye candy. And that’s totally OK, because how else would have Nike realized this slick animated display for its new Kevin Durant sneakers? »
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. »
Magnets are one of the few things that make life more interesting. Just feeling its attraction to each other or seeing it connect together is always fun. Don’t trust me? Watch these two super strong neodymium magnets try and destroy things like an apple, a juice box, an iPhone and more and try not to enjoy yourself. »
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… »
Bruce Shapiro’s Sisyphus is a magic machine that shows a steel ball rolling around in the sand to create wonderfully intricate sand drawings. The balls are all controlled with magnets but they seem to have a mind of their own. It’s like making a Zen Garden, only with the sorcery of magnets instead of old style rakes. »
Not content with creating a robot cheetah that can run and jump over obstacles at astonishing speeds, researchers at MIT have also developed this incredibly tiny origami robot that can not only fold itself, it can also walk, swim, and then destroy itself when it’s no longer needed. »
When magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners reach the end of their lifetime, hospitals have to deal with a large piece of electronic waste, stuffed with potentially dangerous parts. Unless a physics lab can make use of them.
A special visitor recently arrived at Brookhaven National Laboratory after a weeks-long cross-country trek, requesting a homecooked meal and shower, probably.
It didn't take long for those "Will it Blend?" videos to get long in the tooth. You can only watch so many smartphones being torn to shreds before the novelty wears off. But to celebrate the birth of his 40th grandkid, Tom Dickson tosses a mountain of magnetic Buckyballs into the blades and the results are as… »
Some would say simple building blocks didn't need improving, but Tegu's idea to add hidden magnets to help hold creations together was genius. And while kids have always been able to use Tegu's blocks to build robots and other high-tech toys with enough imagination, a handful of new sets with added graphics makes it… »
It's another Sunday and teams across the U.S. will take to the grid iron in an effort to scratch another W. These players will play the same as any other Sunday, and like any other Sunday, the sport's biggest threat will remain unaddressed. Sixty-nine concussions have already been reported this year, and odds would… »