Solving the Mystery of One, then Two, Dead Magnets at Fermilab 

Not exactly murder is involved but there is plenty of sleuthing and baffling dead-ends in “The Magnet Detectives”, a true tale of one, then two, dead magnets amidst some intricate physics at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. Run by the U.S. Department of Energy, Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory, tasked with bringing the world together to solve the mysteries of matter, energy, space and time.  […]


Magnetism May Have Given Life Its Molecular Asymmetry 

Living things are asymmetrical, even at the molecular level: Although many essential biomolecules exist in distinct mirror-image forms, cells tend to use just one of those forms exclusively. An article in Quanta Magazine sheds light on the concept of chirality and research into its origins involving primordial magnetism. A few excerpts of the fascinating article here: […]


Tech Tips: Understanding the Different Kinds of Magnetic Properties 

Depending on how they interact with magnetic fields, most materials are classified as diamagnetic, paramagnetic, ferromagnetic, ferrimagnetic, or antiferromagnetic. We love the article by Mike Gedeon, customer technical services manager of Materion Performance Alloys and Composites, that explains these different kinds of magnetic properties and related aspects such as magnetic susceptibility. A few highlights follow. […]


Big Magnets Require Big Deliveries 

Some magnets are heavier than others. Handling them can be a challenge, in this case tackled by Wimmer Maschinentransporte of Germany. They can take longer to make, too. Two recent examples from the engineering and manufacturing facilities of Bilfinger Noell are the 13-ton monster PERC magnet shown, in part, above, and a superconducting “Wiggler” recently delivered to Brookhaven National Laboratory.  […]