posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 12:57 AM
Magnets--fixed link ( i hope)
Well this is very neat... adjusting atom structure to adjust magnetic properties of alloys.
Of course this part gets me haha
"Unfortunately the researchers figured out how to weaken,
rather than strengthen, an existing alloy by playing with its atomic structure.
But they may have peeked behind the curtain of an important branch of materials science.
As supplies of rare earth elements grow rarer,
researchers are struggling to find new solutions to increase magnetism in
various materials to make up for potentially dwindling supplies of rare earth magnets."
I didn't even know we were running out of magnets....
edit on 3-2-2011 by KingAtlas because: link