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Electric Motor Made out of Buckyballs

(Video Link) YouTube user graybum devises many simple and ingenious uses for Buckyballs, such as this amazing electric motor. It’s just Buckyballs, a wire and a battery. Redditor gloon explains how it works: When you touch the wire to the side of the magnets, you complete an electric circuit. Current flows out of the battery, through the [...]

Nail Polish That Can Be Altered Magnetically

If you’ve ever wished your makeup could better incorporate scientific principles, then you might want to check out Sephora’s newest nail polish, one that creates cool 3D effects once you put a magnet over it while it is drying. I’m not big on nail polish, but I’d love to play with this formula. How about [...]

Neodynium Magnets Fall SLOWLY Through Copper Pipe

YouTube link. Note the magnets are not attracted to the copper. The physics of the process is explained briefly by thedevguy: The movement of the magnet induces an electric current in the copper and with electric current comes a magnetic field, which attracts the magnet. The magnet doesn’t stick to the wall as it falls because the [...]

Magnets could revolutionize computing

Studying a magnet’s ability to turn on and off may lead scientists to a computer revolution. A material’s magnetism is determined by a property all el…

How the Bottoms-Up Beer Dispenser Works

(Video Link) Last month, I linked to the above video and wondered how this beer dispenser could work. My guess was that the dispenser pushed open a perforated hole in the bottom. Now we have a confirmed explanation: The cup features a small hole at the bottom, covered up by a circular magnet. Pressurized beer lifts the [...]

Bandoleer Magnetic Bracelet

Bandoleer Magnetic Bracelet – $14.95 Stylish jewelry isn’t unusual – but stylish and fun? Here’s a clever jewelry called the Bandoleer Magnetic Bracelet from the NeatoShop. It’s composed of sturdy little magnetic “bullets” that come apart and snap back together to create – literally – wearable fun. Take a look at what it can do: Guys, get [...]

Realistic Insect Magnets by Re-Ment

Realistic Insect Magnet by Re-Ment – $5.95 Here’s the perfect stocking stuffer for your budding entomologist: the Realistic Insect Magnet blind box by Re-Ment from the NeatoShop. Which one will you get? (Will you get the “rare” mystery insect?). Finding out is part of the fun – so be sure to get plenty! Link | More Fun [...]

DIY Vasectomy Magnet Set

DIY Vasectomy Magnet Set – $10.95 All it takes is a steady hand, and a mere few dollars to get yourself this handy dandy DIY Vasectomy fridge magnet set from the NeatoShop! Link | More Fun and Unusual Magnets| New Items from the NeatoShop

The Human Magnet

The Magnet women Brenda Allison – who claims that she has a powerful personal magnetic field that makes metal objects stick to her skin. Strangely, this even applies to non-magnetic objects.Not only does the 50-year-old accounts manager from Holloway, North London, say that metal items including coins, keys and even tin lids attach themselves to [...]

NASA Levitates Mouse Using Magnetic Fields

Charles Q. Choi of Live Science writes that scientists working for NASA used a superconducting magnet that simulates some of the effects of gravity to lift a mouse into the air. The agency has been working on such technology in the hope of alleviating the bone decay that would affect astronauts in zero-gravity environments for [...]