• Dark ribbon around Jupiter reveals magnetic mystery

    A painstaking search through historical photos has revealed an unexplained shadowy belt around Ju...

    Planetary scientists studying images of Jupiter taken from some of the Earth’s largest telescopes have discovered a m...

    Space July 26, 2018
  • England’s enigmatic mathematician is born

    An undeniable nineteenth century maths genius.

    George Green was born on July 14, 1793, in the English town of Sneinton, Nottinghamshire, now part of the city of Not...

    Mathematics July 12, 2018
  • Finding a fragile fridge magnet, 170,000 light years away

    Astronomers have measured the magnetic field of a recent supernova. Andrew Masterson reports.

    A magnetic field 50,000 times weaker than that of a fridge magnet has been detected across a distance of 1.6 million ...

    Space July 1, 2018
  • Magnetism: and then there were four

    Discovery opens the door to a new computer device design.

    Ruthenium, the element that sits at number 44 on the periodic table, has been discovered to be magnetic at room tempe...

    Physics May 28, 2018
  • Magnetising the non-magnetic, in 2D

    Researchers find a possible route to higher capacity hard drives. Phil Dooley reports.

    Future low-energy transistors could be made with ultra-thin layers of platinum, after scientists in the Netherlands f...

    Technology April 9, 2018
  • Quantum radio comes one step closer

    Communicating in environments that radio waves can’t penetrate.

    We take easy communication for granted in our globally-connected world, but there are plenty of places where the envi...

    Physics January 7, 2018
  • Delivering drugs by magnet

    Medication molecules released using magnetic fields.

    Targeting drugs to a particular site in the body is a topic of major interest in medicine. If drugs can be localised ...

    Physics November 21, 2017
  • Magnetic gold is evidence of relativity

    A property of nanoscale gold explains why it doesn’t tarnish.

    Scientists have spent years debating a strange property of gold: on the macro scale it is both physically and magneti...

    Physics October 30, 2017
  • Universe shouldn’t exist, say CERN physicists

    Proton and antiproton have identical magnetic properties.

    One of the great mysteries of modern physics is why antimatter did not destroy the universe at the beginning of time....

    Physics October 22, 2017
  • Do solar storms lead to beached whales?

    Study makes the case that solar activity caused a mass sperm whale stranding in 2016.

    In early 2016 a spate of sperm whale strandings in the North Sea perplexed scientists. Many theories were proposed fo...

    Biology September 6, 2017
  • How to store data on magnets the size of a single atom

    The cutting edge of data storage research is working at the level of individual atoms and molecul...

    Magnetism is useful in many ways, and the magnetic memory effect appears even at the atomic level. Popular Sc...

    Technology August 29, 2017
  • 5 billion-year-old galaxy prompts cosmic magnetism rethink

    A distant galaxy has provided a major clue in the mystery of the development of magnetism in the ...

    A magnetic field in a galaxy 5 billion light years away is prompting astronomers to re-examine theories about how mag...

    Space August 28, 2017
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