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Most recent answer: 09/23/2015
Q:
This may seem somewhat elementary, but can non-metallic objects have magnetic properties? For example, how plastic sometimes sticks to the surface of the skin. Is this effect magnetic, or electrical?
- Joe (age 21)
NC
A:

There certainly are non-metallic magnets. For example, some types of garnet are magnetic but not metallic. The particular effect you mention, however, is electrical. Our skin has negligible magnetism.

Mike W.


(published on 09/23/2015)

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