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Amazing Haze

Amazing Haze

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.

Dishing the Dirt on Carbon

Dishing the Dirt on Carbon

Watch soil biogeochemist Lucy Ngatia explain the important ways carbon-containing molecules differ and what that means for our environment.

Combating Cancer

Combating Cancer

Scientists are using powerful magnets to learn how to better detect, treat and track the second leading cause of death worldwide.

Monty Python's Science Circus

Monty Python's Science Circus

And now for something completely different: 10 high-field physics predictions that Monty Python nailed.

Stroke of Genius

Stroke of Genius

Using high-field MRI, researchers are working to improve recovery in stroke victims.

The Allure of Linearity

The Allure of Linearity

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.

Pulsed Magnets Give Gadolinium a Thermal Rush

Pulsed Magnets Give Gadolinium a Thermal Rush

Scientists in Germany study how high magnetic fields affect the temperature of this rare-earth metal.

Good Neighbors Make Good Science

Good Neighbors Make Good Science

In the Netherlands, researchers double down on new discoveries by boosting the power of high-field magnets with lasers.

A Super (Lattice) Surprise

A Super (Lattice) Surprise

When physicists studied a superconducting material at very high fields, they were pleasantly amazed by what they saw.

High Fields Form New Picture of Damaged Paintings

High Fields Form New Picture of Damaged Paintings

Metals plus fatty acids add up to trouble for valuable artwork, but magnets are shedding light on the canvas-marring chemistry.

Resilient Reefs

Resilient Reefs

Florida scientists are helping coral protect itself against nitrogen overload.

Peter Gor'kov has been building nuclear magnetic resonance probes for 20 years and is considered a rock star in the field.

The Master of Miniature

In the hands of Peter Gor'kov, scientific tools become works of fine art.

Sun Churn

Sun Churn

In addition to heat and light, our sun cranks out a complex, swirling magnetic field.

2D Materials, Thermoelectrics and Transistors

2D Materials, Thermoelectrics and Transistors

Thomas Szkopek talks about cool two-dimensional materials and what he learns about them in high magnetic fields.

Metals, Proteins and Tuberculosis

Metals, Proteins and Tuberculosis

Hannah Shafaat talks about the clever tricks that some strains of tuberculosis may be trying to pull off to resist drugs.

Twisted Physics

Twisted Physics

Scientists probing the exotic, 2D realm are discovering astonishing behaviors that could revolutionize our 3D world.

How to Whip Up New Physics

How to Whip Up New Physics

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?

What's a Moiré?

What's a moiré pattern? And why are they one of the hottest things in physics today? Let us explain — with a musical twist.

Cathy Levenson runs experiments with National MagLab physicist Victor Schepkin (left) and Florida State University undergraduate Nicholas Kynast on the MagLab's 21.1-tesla MRI magnet.

Double Whammy

What happens when a kid with ADHD sustains a concussion? Using high-field magnets, researchers are working to find out.

Japan Blows Doors off World Record

Japan Blows Doors off World Record

Scientists have a blast developing a technique for studying electrons in ultra-high magnetic fields.

Tracking Fracking

Tracking Fracking

Watch environmental chemist Susan Richardson explain her research into hydraulic fracturing and drinking water.

Makeshift Magnets

Makeshift Magnets

Turn your trash into treasure by creating your own high-field magnet models.

Flip-flopping Phases

Flip-flopping Phases

Electrons in this cool high-field experiment flip-flopped between liquid and solid.

Good Mentors Make Good Scientists

Good Mentors Make Good Scientists

Researchers talk about their favorite mentors and how they made a difference.

Fields of Dreams

Fields of Dreams

If engineers build stronger magnets, scientists promise they will come … and that discoveries will follow.

The Long Winding Road

The Long Winding Road

Several materials are in the running to build the next generation of superconducting magnets. Which will emerge the victor?

Area residents watch as Florida State University graduate student Travis Drake collects water samples from a stream in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Carbon in the Congo

Water samples collected from the heart of Africa contain clues about carbon cycling worldwide.

DNP Is Having a Moment

DNP Is Having a Moment

A technique called dynamic nuclear polarization is hitting its stride, using electrons to shine a light on complex molecules.

The Case of the Zinc in the Toothpaste

The Case of the Zinc in the Toothpaste

Is there enough zinc in my toothpaste? Polarizing Agent comes to the rescue.

Science Double Feature

Science Double Feature

Researchers combine high magnetic fields and neutrons to learn more about superconductivity.

Attack of the Acronyms

Attack of the Acronyms

The alphabet soup favored by many scientists can make difficult concepts downright incomprehensible.

Left: Matt Kirschner, MagLab programmer. Right: Shamti Deemyad, a physicist at University of Utah.

Squeeze, Freeze, Discoveries

By subjecting stuff to extraordinary environments, Shanti Deemyad looks for behaviors that could benefit our everyday lives.

Jose Sanchez interviews physicist Christianne Beekman.

Thin films of frustrated magnets

Christianne Beekman talks about her work growing thin films of frustrated magnets and studying them in high magnetic fields.

Imaging from Molecule to Man

Imaging from Molecule to Man

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.

Left: Caroline McNiel, Art Director at the National MagLab. Right: Brad Ramshaw, a physicist at Cornell University.

Probing a Superconductor's Properties

Brad Ramshaw uses high-field magnets to study high-temperature superconductors.

Subatomic Smackdown

Subatomic Smackdown

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.

Esprit de Char

Esprit de Char

Members of a sprawling science team piece together the puzzle of biochar, a promising tool in the fight against global warming.

Stump the Scientist

Stump the Scientist

Nobody can know everything — not even the most brilliant of scientists.

Research scientist Maedeh Darzi studied this 18th century Islamic prayer book using infrared light generated by a synchrotron.

Open: SESAME

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, a biophysicist with the U.S. National Institutes of Health

Folding Gone Afoul

Dylan Murray wants to sabotage processes that can lead to neurodegenerative disease.

Fun & Games with Data

Fun & Games with Data

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.

Electron Timeline

Electron Timeline

The electron has fascinated humankind for centuries. Here are some highlights from the annals of science.

A Star (Magnet) Is Born

A Star (Magnet) Is Born

Introducing the world's strongest superconducting magnet, the first of a new generation.

Going Nano

Going Nano

From nanorockets to nanocages, good science can come in tiny packages — all with the aim of solving really big problems.

The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (or EAST) uses more than a dozen 6-tesla superconducting magnets to generate and contain sun-like energy.

Simulating the Sun

By manipulating plasma with magnets, scientists are creating the same kind of energy produced by stars.

High Fields at Home

High Fields at Home

A lot of the research conducted in powerful magnets ends up having a powerful effect on our day-to-day lives.

Sex and the Spineless

Sex and the Spineless

We open a can of worms to learn how pheromones  help invertebrates regulate population.

Weaving a Science Web

Weaving a Science Web

For great research to spread through the world, it takes a lattice.

Jim Cleaves.

Origin Stories

A geochemist gets down to earth about how life began on our planet.

Whiteboard as Canvas

Whiteboard as Canvas

The eyes of an artist reveal the beauty and emotion behind this quintessentially scientific medium.

From the Lab to the Living Room

From the Lab to the Living Room

How do science innovations make it from the laboratory into your life?

Science on the Edge

Science on the Edge

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?

Tissue sodium concentration maps of a 24-year-old (left) and a 73-year-old (right) made in the 9.4-tesla MRI show differences in cerebrospinal fluid (white) but little variance in brain tissue (green) despite age.

World’s Strongest Human MRI

Pack a sack lunch and load up! We're hitting the road to learn how this massive magnet tracks sodium moving through your brain.

What's in the Water?

What's in the Water?

Studying dissolved organic matter helps us better understand our diverse and changing planet.

From Frustration to Discovery

From Frustration to Discovery

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.

For doctoral student Jette Henderson, the ideal science dream date would involve solving a murder mystery with 19th century mathematician Ada Lovelace.

Dream Date with History

Cocktails with the founder of modern physics, a frolic with the father of microbiology, and other ideas for quality time with bygone science celebs.

Make It Better ... with a Bitter!

Make It Better ... with a Bitter!

The heart of a resistive magnet, the Bitter disk is too beautiful and versatile to be confined to the laboratory.