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The Hunt for the Magnetic Monopole

If magnets don’t have to have two poles, it could lead to an entirely new class of devices

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The Hunt for the Magnetic Monopole
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One of the very first facts you learn about electromagnetism—long before you walk into your first physics class—is that every magnet has two poles. Cut a bar magnet in half and you wind up with two magnets, each of which has its own north and south poles. And that’s true for every single object in our experience that boasts a magnetic field—whether it’s the entire Earth or an iron atom. There are no solitary poles.

Strangely, though, there is no fundamental reason why that has to be the case. In fact, there are a few good reasons to suspect that there might be single-poled magnetic objects—magnetic monopoles—floating about in the universe. If these particles exist, they are probably quite rare, but that hasn’t stopped physicists from looking for them. Here’s why: If they exist, they could help answer long-standing questions about the nature of the universe, shedding light on the way fundamental forces of nature are tied together.

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IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf

He codesigned the Internet protocol and transmission control protocol

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IEEE Life Fellow Vinton “Vint” Cerf, widely known as the “Father of the Internet,” is the recipient of the 2023 IEEE Medal of Honor. He is being recognized “for co-creating the Internet architecture and providing sustained leadership in its phenomenal growth in becoming society’s critical infrastructure.”

The IEEE Foundation sponsors the annual award.

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How to Stake Electronic Components Using Adhesives

Staking provides extra mechanical support for various electronic parts

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Adhesive staking of DIP component on a circuit board using Master Bond EP17HTDA-1.

The main use for adhesive staking is to provide extra mechanical support for electronic components and other parts that may be damaged due to vibration, shock, or handling.

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Sensitive electronic components and other parts that may be damaged due to vibration, shock, or handling can often benefit from adhesive staking. Staking provides additional mechanical reinforcement to these delicate pieces.

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