What Will Happen When the Earth’s Magnetic Field Switches

The Earth's magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could completely flip around, or collapse altogether, should cause us to worry, right? Well, yes and no. Read More >>

Robins Can See Magnetic Fields (But Only in One Eye)

Despite its unassuming looks and gentle temperament, the humble red breasted robin (Erithacus rubecula) boasts a superhero-like ability. They can see magnetic fields, giving them an almost perfect sense of direction. Read More >>

Where the Hell Is the True North Pole?

The North Pole is just at the top of the Earth, right? Well, not really: there isn't really a 'top' of a sphere and, anyway, depending on how you measure things the pole can be in one of many different spots. So which one's right? Read More >>

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This Perpetual Motion Machine May Not Be Perpetual, But It's Awesome Anyway

This guy claims that this invention is a perpetual motion machine, the Philosopher's Stone of physics, the Holy Grail of power. Play the video and check it out for yourself. Read More >>

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The World's Fastest Train Will Float on a Cushion of Electromagnetism

Did you think the Eurostar was quick topping out at 118MPH? Sure, that's way faster than taking a Stagecoach, but pathetically pokey compared to the 311MPH bullet of the Mag-Lev train currently being developed by Japan's JR Tokai. Read More >>

Bits Stored on a Single Molecule Could Lead to Petabyte SSDs

If there's one fact of computing life, it's that there's never enough damn storage, and if you think it's bad now, just wait 'til you're downloading 4K movies. Still, research is at least keeping up, and now scientists can store bits of information on single molecules—which could pave the way for petabyte SSDs. Read More >>

The Tiltpod Magnetic Tripod Will Fit in Even the Skinniest of Jeans

Sometimes lugging your full DSLR around is more trouble than it's worth, so you bring a smaller point-and-shoot. But what about when you don't want to lug a full tripod around just to hold your compact digital camera? The Tiltpod could be the answer. Read More >>

This Cello Plays Sweet Music With the Power of Magnetism

I haven't played a stringed instrument for half a decade, but something as magical as this could bring me back. See, hacker (and admitted non-musician) [magnetovore] crafted a cello that plays music with invisible magnetism instead of a traditional bow. Read More >>


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