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FIRST4MAGNETS – the perfect gifts for Mum this Mother’s Day!

Over the years our mums have cared for us in every sense. From cooking our dinner to babysitting the little one and even offering a shoulder to lean on when times get hard. Since day one they have loved us like no one else and this Mothering Sunday gives you the perfect chance to say thank you. Continue reading

British Science Week 2017!

British Science Week 2017

Find out about British Science Week and how you can get involved!

Science is in the air as British Science Week 2017 gets underway! From the 10th – 19th March, a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths begins with schools, science enthusiasts and professionals getting involved in a range of events across the UK!  Here is everything you need to know…

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How to create a simple electric train using magnets

Simple electric train made from a battery and magnets inside a copper coil

In this article, we are going to show you how you can create the simplest (possibly), but by far the most awesome (definitely) DIY electric train by using nothing more than  a battery, some bare copper wire and two magnets. Before you stand aghast in disbelief and tell us it can’t be done, make sure you check our article on how to make a basic electric motor with almost identical materials.

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5 ways magnets can help you hang your Christmas decorations

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Christmas is fast approaching and it’s the time of year when we risk life and limb to retrieve the old Christmas decorations from the back of the shed or that store cupboard that nobody ever seems to go in from January to November. While we can’t help you untangle the entwined mass of tinsel or figure out why the perfectly functioning lights of last year won’t now work, we can help make putting up your decorations much easier.

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Google Cardboard

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Google, the name synonymous with cutting-edge technology, introduces a new exciting platform, Google Cardboard. No, the Internet gurus at the Googolplex have not decided to diversify into origami, in fact they have developed a device that can be made out of cardboard (and a couple of magnets) that makes virtual reality affordable and accessible for anyone with a smartphone. In this article, we take a look at what all the fuss is about.

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What is a reed switch, and which magnets operate them?

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A reed switch is an electromagnetic switch used to control the flow of electricity in a circuit. They are made from two or more ferrous reeds encased within a small glass tube-like envelope, which become magnetised and move together or separate when a magnetic field is moved towards the switch. The switch effectively works like a gate, or a bridge, in an electric circuit so when the two reeds are in contact, electricity can flow around the circuit operating a device. Unlike mechanical switches they do not require something or someone to physically flick them on or off, they are controlled completely by invisible magnetic fields! Continue reading

What are eddy currents and why do they make a magnet fall slowly through a copper pipe

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Magnets are fascinating – there are many things about magnets for which the only explanation seems to be magic! The best place to find out about magnet-related phenomena is of course here, on our blog – and YouTube. The most viewed videos showing super-strong magnets falling through copper pipes alone have amassed an incredible 8 million views and counting.

What you are seeing in these videos is of course a demonstration of eddy currents in action. Here we will explain what is going on.

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How to magnetise a screwdriver

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If you are trying to fix a screw in a hard to reach place or are working with small, fiddly screws a magnetised screwdriver can save you lots of time. Most new, high-end screwdrivers are supplied already magnetised, but sometimes they can lose their magnetism. There are a number of ways you can use magnets to remagnetise a screwdriver, or magnetise one that was never magnetised in the first place.

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