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Dec 29, 2010

The Most Magnetic Material Yet

Iron cobalt was the most magnetic material on Earth until physicists created what's in this man's hands. It's an iron and nitrogen compound which is 18 percent more magnetic and potentially disproves theories about how magnetic a material can be.

Jianping Wang, a physicist at the University of Minnesota, created the compound, but he's actually not the first to do so:

In 1996, researchers from the Central Research Laboratory of Hitachi in Japan made the same iron and nitrogen compound. Their research also showed that the material exceeded limitations set by traditional theories. However, scientists were unable to duplicate their experiments.

Apparently Wang has "taken special care to allow other scientists to duplicate his experimental setup" because of these failed attempts of the past. It's a shame that his experiment doesn't count as proof of the original compound's creation for some reason though.



15 comments:

¡ɥsoſ said...

Fukken magnets, how do they work?

Pawawanpi said...

Magnets. Wonder what an even stronger magnet could be used for.

Poetry of the Day said...

this is kind of mind blowing

Les said...

Another small step in the relentless march of technology. Excellent.

Suciô Sanchez said...

Will they cal them "Wang Magnets"?

Chuck McElroy IV said...

Miracle in progress.

ImmaFrog said...

this apparently is irrelevant, but it's not!

erics said...

they will call them wangnets!

Sinisa said...

nice...

Vapor said...

What has science done?

invagrantly said...

"wang magnets" i sure hope not!

Mark said...

Science never ceases to impress me.

claxxon said...

I wonder how it's more magnetic. Is it denser than other materials?

MrRager! said...

magnets are gonna be the fuel for the next space race :) who can get to an alien planet- with life, faster.

Monster Madness said...

Cool... Magnets are great!