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  • October 14, 2015
    This is a video from Youtuber Sufficiently Advanced of him building a magnetic Thor's Hammer that only he can pick up by deactivating the electromagnet using a fingerprint scanner (although one smartass at the very end does manage to rotate the whole thing off a manhole cover a... / Continue →
  • September 9, 2015
    That's pretty twisted, even for a Jawa. This is a video from the folks at uBreakiFix highlighting the inner workings of the new BB-8 droid toy. I'm not going to lie, I was half expecting him to be filled with nothing but The Force. I was wrong though. He's got a gyroscope ... / Continue →
  • September 1, 2015
    This is Ferrolic, a clock/visual display capable of showing the time, text, or morphing shapes by using magnets to manipulate drops of ferro-fluid. It is mesmerizing to watch and I want one very badly but they only made 24 of them and they all cost a fortune but the company hi... / Continue →
  • August 17, 2015
    Come on -- Samsung doesn't make Game Boys! FreezerBoy is a $20 set of refrigerator magnets that make your fridge look like a giant Game Boy. They also work on washers/dryers. Plus cars made out of metal. My car? My car is made out of cardboard. Usually I sit in it in the... / Continue →
  • August 6, 2015
    This is a video of two very strong neodymium magnets crushing everyday objects, including an iPhone, a juice box, and an apple. You 100% do not want to catch your finger between those things unless you are into extreme pain and stubby fingers. Magnets: they're dangerous. The... / Continue →
  • August 5, 2015
    After teasing us for over a month (my nipples have been hard for weeks), Lexus has finally released a video of their liquid nitrogen-cooled magnetic superconductor hoverboard being ridden. It is more impressive that I imagined, and pro skateboarder (but only novice hoverboarde... / Continue →
  • July 17, 2015
    This is a video of the Yuppiechef demonstrating an induction stovetop, using a pan cut in half. For those of you who aren't familiar with induction cooking, it uses electromagnets to heat things with sorcery. It only works with iron-magnetic materials though, so you can put y... / Continue →
  • June 25, 2015
    This is the Back To The Future levitating hoverboard desktop toy available from ThinkGeek ($40). It floats on a series of rare earth magnets and will hover back and forth after given a push. Sadly, it is probably the closest many of us will ever come to getting to play with a... / Continue →
  • April 21, 2015
    This is the Make Project created by Christian Poulsen detailing how to build your own functional BB-8 droid with a Sphero robotic ball toy, a foam head, and a neodymium magnet. It works pretty well, although his head doesn't stay on top as smoothly as the real BB-8. Still, im... / Continue →
  • April 10, 2015
    The Mag-Vest ($60) is currently a Kickstarter project for a vest containing large ceramic magnets so you can stick tools to yourself while you're working. It looks like a great way to accidentally drop a hammer on your foot. Plus it makes the perfect addition to your Magneto ... / Continue →
  • October 27, 2014
    This is an already funded Kickstarter project for the BeerLoft storage system ($20 for one, $35 for two). Each strip adheres to the top of the fridge with a piece of 3M adhesive and can hold up to the three beers (or other metal-topped bottles) using neodymium magnets. Unfort... / Continue →
  • July 15, 2014
    This is the Magneto helmet made by twins and cosplayers Alexandra and Evgenia. It has neodymium magnets embedded under a fiberglass outer so you can stick metal things to it for storage. Now -- are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Probably not." I'll put the helmet on, then ... / Continue →
  • May 20, 2014
    This is a video from Vat19 answering questions about their Magnetic Thinking Putty ($15) by demonstrating what you can do with 100-lbs (500 cans) worth. It looks like fun. Unfortunately, I just don't have room in my personal budget right now for 500 cans of magnetic silly pu... / Continue →
  • April 4, 2014
    This is a video of a guy demonstrating Lenz's Law with neodymium magnets and a thick-ass copper tube. Why does the magnet fall so slowly? SCIENCE. Via Wikipedia because I suck at explaining things except 1) where babies come from and 2) RPG strategies. Eddy currents (also... / Continue →
  • September 30, 2013
    This is a table made out of 27 individual wooden blocks with magnets embedded in them. The magnets repel each other, and the blocks on the second and third levels all float. Don't worry though, they also have a series of guide wires running through them so that @$$hole friend... / Continue →
  • April 19, 2013
    This is a well-shot compilation video from Joey Shanks of various magnets (some covered in glitter and mirrors!) being swallowed by metallic silly putty. It's mesmerizing. Plus reminded me of how butts work BUT IN REVERSE. I should have been a science teacher. Hit the jump ... / Continue →
  • July 26, 2012
    Buckyballs, the popular magnetic desktop toy, have officially been banned by the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Because for some reason parents can't keep the things out of their children's hands, and those children can't keep the things out of their grubby little pie-ho... / Continue →
  • January 12, 2012
    Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel made these stools with magic by mixing iron filings with molten plastic and creating the legs by "pulling" them up using magnets. When the plastic hardens, BAM -- you've got yourself a stool. "What the -- I'm not milking cows, who the hell si... / Continue →
  • December 20, 2011
    This is a nearly funded Kickstarter for Ferrite Interactive Liquid Sculptures. They're basically TMNT ooze canisters with a magnetic liquid (ferrofluid) suspended in another, clear liquid that you can manipulate to make cool shapes with external magnets. Contributing $100 get... / Continue →
  • September 30, 2011
    This is a line of $20 magnetic nail polishes from Nails Inc. Gosh, I feel like such a sassy lil lady even talking nail polish with you girls! Basically it's nail paint with iron powder in it (also great for anemic nail-biters) that a magnet can be used to make designs in whil... / Continue →