Magnetism

Magnetism is all around us. Here you can find out how magnetism affects everything around you.

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Magnetism is at work all around you. Even our Earth is a giant magnet!

By Jesslyn Shields

You use solenoids every day without ever knowing it. So what exactly are they and how do they work?

By Mark Mancini

You've probably had ice stick to your hand when you pull it out of the ice maker. But why is that?

By Alia Hoyt

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What was once fringe science is becoming mainstream — scientists now believe that humans may be able to detect Earth's magnetic field.

By Jesslyn Shields

Scientists have a new lead on what gives some animals the ability to sense Earth's magnetic field.

By Jesslyn Shields

The race is on to build some seriously strong magnetic fields that are capable of doing amazing thing, like literally mapping neurons.

By Kate Kershner

You need to make a magnet stronger, but you’re not sure how to do it. Learn about how to make a magnet stronger in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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Make an electromagnet and show your children how fun science can be. Learn about how to make an electromagnet in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

The magnets found in an MRI machine are incredibly powerful. It can pull a stethoscope right out of a doctor's lab coat. So what would happen if you forgot to take out an earring? Ouch!

By Katherine Neer

Magnets are used in all kinds of applications, but do you ever wonder exactly why it sticks to certain metals? Find out the answer to this and other questions as we explore exactly how magnets work.

By Tracy V. Wilson