Latest Issue of Science News


Magnet makeover

A new family of magnets may be a first step toward organic versions of the familiar metal objects, researchers say.

Fabricating metal magnets requires high temperatures, notes Robin G. Hicks, a chemist at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. With organic substitutes, it may be possible to mix up magnets in a room-temperature solution and easily mold them into films or other shapes that could find new uses, he says.

Note: To comment, Science News subscribing members must now establish a separate login relationship with Disqus. Click the Disqus icon below, enter your e-mail and click “forgot password” to reset your password. You may also log into Disqus using Facebook, Twitter or Google.

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join SSP today or Log in.