Mystery of planet-forming disks explained by magnetism

Astronomers say that magnetic storms in the gas orbiting young stars may explain a mystery that has persisted since before 2006.

Towards terahertz-speed hard drives and RAM

An international team of researchers has found a new way to switch magnetism that is at least 1,000 times faster than currently used in magnetic memory technologies.

Scientists measure the magnetism of antimatter

A team of Harvard scientists has succeeded in measuring the magnetic charge of single particles of matter and antimatter more accurately than ever before.

Low-cost telescope reveals sun's tumultuous 'braids'

In some dramatic images, astronomers have for the first time observed magnetic braids of super-hot matter on the surface of the sun, the first clear evidence of energy transfer from its magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona.

MIT finds new form of magnetism

MIT researchers have discovered a completely new type of magnetism, theorized but never before observed.

Magnetic shield could protect life on super-Earths

So-called super-Earth planets may have a magnetic shield that could protect any life present from harmful radiation, say researchers.

Source of animals' magnetic sense found

Scientists say they've identified 'internal compass needles' in the noses of rainbow trout, helping explain the way many creatures can navigate using the Earth's magnetic field.

Maglev lightbulb floats in mid-air

An Australian student has created a levitating lightbulb that powers itself wirelessly.

Missing neutrons may be visiting parallel universe

Neutrons may be traveling from our universe into parallel worlds and back again, according to a new theory that explains a rather odd phenomenon.

'GPS maps' found in pigeons' brains

Neuroscientists have finally established just how birds use the built-in 'GPS' system that helps them navigate using the Earth’s magnetic field.

As sun flips polarity, scientists are bemused

The sun is well into a flip in polarity - with its north and south poles swapping places - but the process isn't going as expected, scientists say.

Maglev inventor proposes train to space

One of the inventors of the superconducting maglev train is proposing building a bigger, better version than ever before - that could fire out payloads into orbit.

Moon's magnetic rock may have come from asteroid

The moon's somewhat bizarre magnetic field may have been shaped by a massive asteroid impact, which left some of its material behind.

Heat-based recording speeds hard drives

A new method of recording information to hard drives could increase their speed by hundreds of times.

Fruit flies levitated to aid astronaut research

A team of scientists at the University of Nottingham has been levitating fruit flies to investigate how biological organisms are affected by weightless conditions in space.

Mysterious magnetic moon rocks explained

Scientists believe they finally have an explanation for why magnetized rocks are found on the moon, even though it now has no magnetic field.

Team images electrical circuit linking Saturn and Enceladus

NASA scientists have revealed the 'footprint' of an electrical circuit linking Saturn and its moon Enceladus.

Scientists create 'anti-magnet' cloaking device

Spanish researchers say they've created a new type of magnetic cloak, which shields objects from magnetic fields, while also preventing any internal magnetic fields from leaking out.

Nanomagnets give food for thought about computer memories

Scientists have developed egg-shaped nanomagnets that could be used for making future low-power computer memories.

Magnetic monopoles imaged for first time

Scientists have captured direct images of the long-theorized but never before seen magnetic monopoles. Monopoles - magnets which have just a single pole - were theoretically conceived by the British-Swiss physicist Paul Dirac, who showed in the 1930s that their existence is consistent with  quantum theory.