Magnetic materials

Video: Electrified road charges electric vehicles throughout their journey

By Faye Oney / April 25, 2018

An initiative in Sweden is attempting to lower vehicle-based carbon emissions. eRoadArlanda uses conductive technology to power and charge electric vehicles as they travel down the road—but the verdict is still out whether or not eRoadArlanda is a practical solution.

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Materials scientists and ACerS members weigh in on vibranium—a material with superpowers

By Faye Oney / March 9, 2018

In the movie “Black Panther,” the superhero gets his powers from vibranium—a nearly indestructible material with superior properties. Materials scientists Yury Gogotsi and Jayakanth Ravichandran offer their perspectives on the material in a Gizmodo interview.

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Smart window technology uses magnetic nanoparticles suspended in fluid to control light, heat

By Faye Oney / February 2, 2018

Most current energy-saving window technology requires electricity to power the windows. But a research team has devised a fluidic window that uses magnetic nanoparticles to control the window to capture solar energy.

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Super ceramic material builds superconducting magnet, setting new world record strength of 32T

By April Gocha / December 15, 2017

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University has used high-temperature superconducting ceramic materials to set a new world record for the strongest superconducting magnet, with a field strength of 32 tesla.

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DOE projects could revive domestic rare-earth element production

By Faye Oney / October 31, 2017

A collaboration between Battelle and Rare Earth Salts is one of several DOE projects to revive rare earth production in the U.S. Researchers are working to extract rare-earth elements from coal fly ash—which could also provide a boost to the coal industry.

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Glass could replace aluminum in hard disk drives that store 20 TB of data

By April Gocha / September 28, 2017

Japanese company Hoya is developing thin glass disks that the company is betting will be increasingly incorporated into larger hard disk drives used in computers—Hoya is setting its sights on large-scale glass data storage, with reported capabilities of reaching 20 TB capacities by 2020.

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Flawed diamonds enable scientists to view nuclear spins in molecules, improve NMR technology

By Faye Oney / July 14, 2017

Researchers are taking advantage of a nitrogen vacancy in flawed diamonds to view how atoms spin and connect to form molecules. Their discovery could eventually lead to smaller MRI machines that are less invasive and use considerably less energy.

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CES 2017 shows that the future is here, and it’s built from ceramic and glass materials

By April Gocha / January 10, 2017

The 2017 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up its annual exhibition showcasing all the latest consumer electronics and technology this past weekend in Las Vegas, and the show’s expansive 43 football fields worth of tech displayed that our world is getting altogether smarter, brighter, more virtual, more connected, and entirely robotic.

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Video: Magnetic ink prints self-healing devices that fix themselves in mere milliseconds

By April Gocha / November 16, 2016

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a neodymium-loaded magnetic ink that can be used to print batteries, circuits, and other devices that, if broken or damaged, can self-heal themselves in a matter of milliseconds.

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Video: 3-D printing key to conserving rare-earth materials for high-power magnet production

By Stephanie Liverani / November 9, 2016

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory say they’ve 3-D-printed permanent magnets that can outperform bonded magnets made using traditional techniques while conserving critical rare materials in the process.

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