Latest Magnetic field Stories

2012-04-30 13:16:06

Minute-scale interactions govern electronic behavior of superconductors with potential applications for voltage measurement techniques Researchers studying a superconducting strip observed an intermittent motion of magnetic flux which carries vortices inside the regularly spaced weak conducting regions carved into the superconducting material. These vortices resulted in alternating static phases with zero voltage and dynamic phases, which are characterized by non-zero voltage peaks in the...

Earth’s Magnetic Field Gives Pigeons Built-in GPS
2012-04-27 04:53:47

Certain neurons in the brains of pigeons encode the direction and intensity of the Earth´s magnetic field, giving the birds an inborn internal global positioning system, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science. Scientists have long known internal magnetic field receptors exist in many animals, perhaps including humans.  However, the current study is the first to actually describe the brain wiring that uses these receptors to provide a sense of...

Magnetic Fields Can Send Particles To Infinity
2012-04-17 13:34:38

Researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Spain) have mathematically shown that particles charged in a magnetic field can escape into infinity without ever stopping. One of the conditions is that the field is generated by current loops situated on the same plane. At the moment this is a theoretical mathematical study, but two researchers from UCM have recently proved that, in certain conditions, magnetic fields can send particles to infinity, according to the study...

2012-03-26 09:18:23

Previous world record shattered during 6-experiment pulse Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory's biggest magnet facility today met the grand challenge of producing magnetic fields in excess of 100 tesla while conducting six different experiments. The hundred-tesla level is roughly equivalent to 2 million times Earth's magnetic field. "This is our moon shot, we've worked toward this for a decade and a half," said Chuck Mielke, director of the Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos....

2012-03-23 09:45:32

Scientists manufacture a cylinder which hides contents and makes them invisible to magnetic fields UAB researchers, in collaboration with an experimental group from the Academy of Sciences of Slovakia, have created a cylinder which hides contents and makes them invisible to magnetic fields. The device was built using superconductor and ferromagnetic materials available on the market. The cylinder is built using high temperature superconductor material, easily refrigerated with liquid...

Moon's Magnetic Anomalies May Be The Result Of Asteroid Collision
2012-03-09 03:06:00

In the nearly five decades since the first lunar surveys were conducted as part of NASA's Apollo program, scientists have advanced a number of increasingly complex theories to explain the vast swaths of highly magnetic material that had been found in the some parts of the Moon's crust. But now a team of researchers from Harvard, MIT and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, have proposed a surprisingly simple explanation for the unusual findings — the magnetic anomalies are...

2012-02-29 10:41:35

The ability to detect and respond to magnetic fields is not usually associated with living things. Yet some organisms, including some bacteria and various migratory animals, do respond to magnetic fields. In migratory animals like fish, birds, and turtles, this behavior involves small magnetic particles in the nervous system. However, how these particles form and what they are actually doing is not fully understood. In a new study, published February 28 in the online, open-access journal...

Saving Data In Vortex Structures
2012-02-22 05:07:17

New physical phenomenon could drastically reduce energy consumption by computers Three years ago Professor Christian Pfleiderer and his team from the physics department at the TUM discovered an entirely new magnetic structure in a silicon manganese crystal — a grid of magnetic eddies. Together with the team of Professor Achim Rosch from the University of Cologne, he studied the properties of these eddies, so-called skyrmions, named after the British physicist Tony Skyrme, who...

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