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Recycled neodymium iron boride magnet blocks from Urban Mining Company.

Researchers put little permanent magnets into large electromagnets to find out how to make them better.

A “kicker” magnet is tested for use in the high-luminosity upgrade to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

The world's largest particle collider is getting even larger, and magnet labs are helping lay the foundation.

Engineers install the resistive coils of the Series Connected Hybrid magnet inside its superconducting coils. Together, the coils generate a 36-tesla magnetic field.

Two MagLab teams tried marrying vastly different technologies to build a new type of magnet: the Series Connected Hybrid. Decades later, has the oddba…

Fields of Dreams

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

Illustration of The Long Winding Road

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

The magma-like environment inside this furnace is just what the superconductor Bismuth-2212 needs.

MagLab experts fine-tuned a furnace for pressure-cooking a novel superconducting magnet. Now they're about to build its big brother.

MagLab materials scientist Ke Han with tiny samples of manganese gallium, which has shown promise for magnetic applications.

Using high-field electromagnets, scientists explore a promising alternative to the increasingly expensive rare earth element - neodymium - widely used…

Charlie Sanabria checks on samples in the furnace.

Looking for ways to make better superconductors for the next-generation particle accelerators, a young scientist homed in on how they were heat-treate…

A cow skull

How do you measure the bite force of a prehistoric megabeast? At the National MagLab.

The 36 tesla series connected, shown here under construction in July 2015, is the most homogeneous resistive magnet in the world.

What is homogeneity and why is it so important to scientists? Learn how homogeneous magnets make data clearer by milking the magnetic field strength f…

900 MHz ultra-wide-bore nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) magnet

What are the ten coolest (and most surprising) things about the world's strongest MRI magnet? 

 The dilution fridge

After a series of frustrating failures, a team of MagLab scientists realized they were tackling the wrong problem.

Transfer of helium from helium plant to backyard storage.

A helium-recovery project means major savings — and more focus on science.

Lee Marks' conceptual drawing led to Scott Bole's AutoCAD design (above) of a money- and time-saving machine that winds tape around superconducting cable.

Two scientists put their heads together and created a machine that speeds along magnet production.

Control room

Our magnets are like world-class athletes: powerful, but to stay in scientific shape, they need to eat and drink – a lot.

Bitter Plates Stack

Building the world's best resistive magnets requires clever engineering, top-notch science, superior materials and an obsession with quality control.