Video: We haven't found too many practical uses for ferrofluid -- a mix of oil and iron particles that appears to morph and change shape when exposed to magnets -- aside from fun desktop toys. So now that we've discovered it becomes a nightmarish-looking blob creature when you mix in a little colour, maybe it's time to just stop making this stuff?
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Video: He might have billions of dollars, a company that promises to revolutionise space travel, and an upgraded full head of hair, but Elon Musk's Hyperloop will never be as cool as this superconducting quantum levitation Möbius strip race track created by students at Ithaca College's Low Temperature Physics Lab.
Four British schoolboys had just been called from class. They were 10 days away from their A-level exams, the ones that determine the direction the rest of their lives would take, but they'd been interrupted from their studies to discuss the deepest secrets of the universe -- their work hunting for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider.
You can't really construct your own Doctor Strange-style Sanctum Sanctorum, full of weird and wonderful magical artefacts. However, thanks to technology, you can do a decent job of getting close. One of the first pieces you might outfit your mystical home with is Flyte's "STORY", a wooden clock that represents time via a levitating magnetic ball. Sounds simple, but it looks nifty as hell.
Video: Everyone knows you can do some crazy stuff with magnets, but things get really insane when you start playing with electromagnets. When you run an electric current through a coil of wire to create a magnetic field, you can chop soft drink cans in half in epic explosions and send discs flying up in the air that will smash into the ceiling.
Hyperloop is maybe almost possibly here! But which hyperloop company did that thing this week? And what kind of technology is it using? Does it work? Most importantly, when are we getting one? We have all the answers for you, right here.
Video: What superpower would you want to have? The ability to fly? Teleport? Turn invisible? Time travel? Heal? What about to ability to see the invisible? Not exactly the flashiest power you can have especially because we can kind of, sort of, do that right now. This lovely animation explainer from Amaël Isnard shows how though we can't see magnetic forces in action, we at least get to see the auroras in the north and south poles, which reveal the invisible magnetic field of Earth.
Video: One of my life dreams as a child was to be able to fool a vending machine with coin-like objects. I mean, how smart could a vending machine be, right? Wrong. More like how dumb a kid I was. Vending machines use light sensors to measure the size of a coin and electromagnets to detect the metal type to determine what kind of coin it is. If you're not shaped like a dollar and built like a dollar, you ain't a dollar in their book.
Video: It's magnets! Seriously. There's a layer of iron underneath the cue ball that gets nudged and pulled by a strong magnet inside the pool table, putting it onto a completely different track than the rest of the balls in pool. That track is the one that spits out the cue ball. The other balls in pool don't have metal inside so they don't react to the magnet at all and just get sent down to their regular station through the regular track.
Video: Need a weapon? Grab some magnets and some nails and you got yourself a hell of an arrow launcher. The magnets push out the nail darts so fast that it's basically a mini crossbow mixed with a nailgun, no batteries necessary. Magnetic Games said that in order to get this powerful shot, the arrow and the launcher have to have the same polarity.
Video: Safes, locks and other security measures of that nature? They're all eventually doomed because they're designed to open. It's just a matter of how long it takes. With the help of rare earth magnets, it takes just seconds. Here is Mr Locksmith demonstrating how a rare earth magnet can exploit the nickel piece in this Sentry Electronic Safe to get it open without any damage.
We know the chilling magic that is using magnets to control ferrofluid, it's the closest thing we have to the black arts. But when you add the the chemicals inside a glow stick to the mix, it becomes something so visually awesome that you feel like you're seeing things move and pop and react in ways and colour combinations you've never seen before. So cool.
If you love the USB Type-C port on Apple's 12" MacBook but miss the quick release MagSafe power connector that probably saved your old MacBook's life on many occasions, Griffin now has a simple way to get it back.