About the Neodymium Zone

Neodymium magnet balls. Image: Nevit Dilmen

Neodymium (pronounced nee-o-dim-ee-um) is a soft silvery metal, and the 60th element on the periodic table. It was discovered in 1885, and has quite a few uses.

Even if you’ve not heard of it before, the place you might have come across Neodymium the most is in magnets. Neodymium is used to make really strong magnets which are used in computer hard drives, microphones, and speakers. Neodymium magnets are also used in electric motors (the kind found in hybrid cars) and generators (such as in wind turbines).

The Neodymium Zone is a General Science Zone; the five scientists in this zone research five different areas. There is a scientist working on writing software for movies, as well as one looking at memories in your brain. There is someone researching how to make technology we use every day less annoying to use, and another trying to find out why we look and behave the way we do. There is also a scientist who’s a hospital detective, trying to stop nasty bugs from spreading .

You can find out more about the scientists in this zone, and what they work on by reading their profiles. Click on their names at the top of this page to find out more!

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