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‘Magnetic electricity’ discovered

Researchers have discovered a magnetic equivalent to electricity: single magnetic charges that can behave and interact like electrical ones. The work is the first to make use of the magnetic monopoles that exist in special crystals known as spin ice. Writing in Nature journal, a team showed that monopoles gather to form a “magnetic current” like electricity. The phenomenon, dubbed “magnetricity”, could be used in magnetic storage or in computing.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    These are not, as the article states, magnetic monopoles. What they have found are materials with emergent phenomena that behave in some ways like monopoles.

  2. fatty acid tripper says:

    …so why is there a picture of a dude with a fish oil capsule (maybe vitamin e?) attached to the article? I mean, I’m just curious.

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