posted on Sep, 14 2006 @ 10:22 PM
Nah, I posted my first message in this thread around 12 hours ago... dunno why it won't let me edit. Oh well.
I don't think they'd have to be all too powerful, for the liquid to form those spiky things. From Heckman's second link, "a ferrofluid is about 5%
magnetic solids, 10% surfactant, and 85% carrier, by volume." So really, I'd assume it's just like iron filings, only in a viscous liquid holding
it all together - sort of like slime made with glue and borax.
I base my iron filing knowledge from grade 6, buggerising around with magnets. Great fun.