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Science Simplified

We explain some of the very cool science and technology related to magnets in a way that won't scare away non-scientists.


Fear not, right-brained friends: Science and art intersect in plenty of places, and this is one of them. Samuel Taylor Coleridge lends a hand as we ex…


This itsy-bitsy phenomenon makes your iPod and hard drive tick.

graphene sample

How do scientists use powerful magnets to learn about graphene? 

Magneto-optical image of a 3.3 mm wide YBCO on RABiTS coated conductor

At the National MagLab and other labs across the globe, the race to discover ever-warmer superconductors is heating up. Find out what these materials …

A dil fridge in the Millikelvin Facility.

Why do physicists want to study things at temperatures so cold atomic motion almost comes to a halt? And how do they create such frigid environments, …

The view inside Cell 3, one of the protected rooms where high-powered lasers are operated.

How do lasers help shine a light on MagLab research? Read and see for yourself! 

Coiled wire around iron core

If your knowledge of magnets ends with posting a to-do list on the fridge, add this to the list: Learn more about magnets! You can start here with a s…

Mass spectrometer

It's hard enough to weigh something as itty bitty as atoms or molecules. Factor in that they're careening by faster than Jeff Gordon on steroids, and …

Slices of brain

These awesome diagnostic tools, powered by strong superconducting magnets, save countless lives with their ability to pinpoint tumors and other abnorm…

Cooper pairs form

They don't call it super for nothing. Once you get a superconductor going, it'll keep on ticking like the Energizer Bunny, only a lot longer. The catc…

MagLab user and UCLA physicist Stuart Brown works on an experiment in the MagLab's DC Field Facility.

From idea to published paper, every experiment follows a similar path of inquiry.

Noise created by everyday items

When Mother Nature whispers, physicist Albert Migliori listens.

Ion cyclotron resonance time domain signal.

It may look like a simple black blob, but an oil drop is in fact a phenomenally complex mix of immense (relatively speaking) molecules called hydrocar…