A team of researchers pulls off a daring data caper in Delaware Bay, swiping secrets about the movement of molecules between air and water.
Predictions made by visitors to the National MagLab’s 2020 Open House were funny, sweet — and a bit scary.
Trace the two-centuries-old steps of the discoverer of electromagnetism.
Hidden messages abound in the cover of our latest issue.
Researchers talk about what they're doing outside the lab to protect our planet and how their training as scientists informs those efforts.
A deeper understanding of petroleum molecules is shedding a harsh light on how some of them behave in our environment.
In the first year of this new decade, we asked researchers about their most memorable first-time experiences as scientists. Here’s what they had to say.
A team tackling some gnarly physics using tricky techniques rounds a critical corner. Joy ensues. Then, back to work.
Researchers put little permanent magnets into large electromagnets to find out how to make them better.
High magnetic fields usually kill superconductivity. But in this material, it brought it back to life.
Using advanced MRI, a mechanical engineer tackles the question: "Why do you have these big fluid spaces in your head?"
With a little imagination and editing, discoveries found at national magnet labs could fit as well on a museum wall as they do on the pages of scientific journals.
The world's largest particle collider is getting even larger, and magnet labs are helping lay the foundation.
An understanding ear, a shot of confidence and emergency babysitting services: For underrepresented women in science, that's what friends are for.
Ernesto Bosque is helping to develop a promising superconductor into tomorrow's powerful electromagnets.
Some manmade chemicals feature bonds so strong they could last forever. And that's a life-threatening problem.
Using the world's most accurate molecular scale, a former astronaut wanna-be is studying Titan's hazy atmosphere, which resembles the ancient chemistry that once surrounded our own planet.
Watch soil biogeochemist Lucy Ngatia explain the important ways carbon-containing molecules differ and what that means for our environment.
Scientists are using powerful magnets to learn how to better detect, treat and track the second leading cause of death worldwide.
And now for something completely different: 10 high-field physics predictions that Monty Python nailed.
Using high-field MRI, researchers are working to improve recovery in stroke victims.
What hides behind the elegantly simple line that describes the relationship between temperature and electrical resistance in certain materials? For some physicists, this is the most compelling question in the field.
Scientists in Germany study how high magnetic fields affect the temperature of this rare-earth metal.
In the Netherlands, researchers double down on new discoveries by boosting the power of high-field magnets with lasers.
When physicists studied a superconducting material at very high fields, they were pleasantly amazed by what they saw.
Metals plus fatty acids add up to trouble for valuable artwork, but magnets are shedding light on the canvas-marring chemistry.
Florida scientists are helping coral protect itself against nitrogen overload.
In the hands of Peter Gor'kov, scientific tools become works of fine art.
In addition to heat and light, our sun cranks out a complex, swirling magnetic field.
Thomas Szkopek talks about cool two-dimensional materials and what he learns about them in high magnetic fields.
Hannah Shafaat talks about the clever tricks that some strains of tuberculosis may be trying to pull off to resist drugs.
Scientists probing the exotic, 2D realm are discovering astonishing behaviors that could revolutionize our 3D world.
Sometimes, science can be a bit like making a good sandwich — but one a little more complex than your average PB&J.
What's a moiré pattern? And why are they one of the hottest things in physics today? Let us explain — with a musical twist.
What happens when a kid with ADHD sustains a concussion? Using high-field magnets, researchers are working to find out.
Scientists have a blast developing a technique for studying electrons in ultra-high magnetic fields.
Watch environmental chemist Susan Richardson explain her research into hydraulic fracturing and drinking water.
Turn your trash into treasure by creating your own high-field magnet models.
Electrons in this cool high-field experiment flip-flopped between liquid and solid.
Researchers talk about their favorite mentors and how they made a difference.
If engineers build stronger magnets, scientists promise they will come … and that discoveries will follow.
Several materials are in the running to build the next generation of superconducting magnets. Which will emerge the victor?
Water samples collected from the heart of Africa contain clues about carbon cycling worldwide.
A technique called dynamic nuclear polarization is hitting its stride, using electrons to shine a light on complex molecules.
Is there enough zinc in my toothpaste? Polarizing Agent comes to the rescue.
Researchers combine high magnetic fields and neutrons to learn more about superconductivity.
The alphabet soup favored by many scientists can make difficult concepts downright incomprehensible.
By subjecting stuff to extraordinary environments, Shanti Deemyad looks for behaviors that could benefit our everyday lives.
Christianne Beekman talks about her work growing thin films of frustrated magnets and studying them in high magnetic fields.
Ron Heeren talks about how a unique imaging technique that combines microscopes with mass spectrometers can help doctors make on-the-fly diagnoses in the operating room.
Brad Ramshaw uses high-field magnets to study high-temperature superconductors.
When it comes to talent, versatility and the power to change the world, which atomic particle is the champ? Read what our four contenders have to say — then you decide.
Members of a sprawling science team piece together the puzzle of biochar, a promising tool in the fight against global warming.
Nobody can know everything — not even the most brilliant of scientists.
A magnet-powered synchrotron at the first major international research center in the Middle East aims to draw scientists into cross-cultural collaborations.
Dylan Murray wants to sabotage processes that can lead to neurodegenerative disease.
High-field data comes in a boggling array of shapes, squiggles and colors. Play along as we try to figure out what it all means.
The electron has fascinated humankind for centuries. Here are some highlights from the annals of science.
Introducing the world's strongest superconducting magnet, the first of a new generation.
From nanorockets to nanocages, good science can come in tiny packages — all with the aim of solving really big problems.
By manipulating plasma with magnets, scientists are creating the same kind of energy produced by stars.
A lot of the research conducted in powerful magnets ends up having a powerful effect on our day-to-day lives.
We open a can of worms to learn how pheromones help invertebrates regulate population.
For great research to spread through the world, it takes a lattice.
A geochemist gets down to earth about how life began on our planet.
The eyes of an artist reveal the beauty and emotion behind this quintessentially scientific medium.
How do science innovations make it from the laboratory into your life?
Across disciplines, exciting stuff happens along the boundaries between things. What makes those realms so rich for research, and how do magnets shed light on them?
Pack a sack lunch and load up! We're hitting the road to learn how this massive magnet tracks sodium moving through your brain.
Studying dissolved organic matter helps us better understand our diverse and changing planet.
Hop on this information train for a step-by-step look at how one physicist uses magnets to understand superconductors, spin liquids and why some materials get frustrated.
Cocktails with the founder of modern physics, a frolic with the father of microbiology, and other ideas for quality time with bygone science celebs.
The heart of a resistive magnet, the Bitter disk is too beautiful and versatile to be confined to the laboratory.
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