3/1/2006

Control the Universe?

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In 1935, fictional industrialist Diet Smith, a friend of cartoon detective Dick Tracy, predicted that “the nation that controls magnetism will control the universe.” The Electrodyne Co. (Batavia, OH; www.edyne.com) doesn’t claim its high-energy (up to 5.0MGOe) Reance SF magnets will make dominating the universe a reality, but it does say the magnet can hold very tight radiuses without cracking, breaking, or losing any of its magnetic properties.

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In 1935, fictional industrialist Diet Smith, a friend of cartoon detective Dick Tracy, predicted that “the nation that controls magnetism will control the universe.” The Electrodyne Co. (Batavia, OH; www.edyne.com) doesn’t claim its high-energy (up to 5.0MGOe) Reance SF magnets will make dominating the universe a reality, but it does say the magnet can hold very tight radiuses without cracking, breaking, or losing any of its magnetic properties. The neodymium-iron-boron magnet can be stretched to 2.5 times its static length, and produced in sheets as thin as 0.008-in. This, says Electrodyne, makes the magnet perfect for use in solid state switches and power windows, door locks and mirrors, and it can be slit, drilled, die-cut or punched to customer specifications via low-cost tooling techniques.