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Is silver magnetic?

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In its natural state, silver is not magnetic; its atoms have paired electrons that spin in opposite directions, thus causing their magnetic fields to be canceled out, making silver a diamagnetic material.

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Is silver magnetic?
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However, by the effect known as Faraday's law of magnetic induction, all materials are affected by external magnetic fields to some extent, and materials classified as diamagnetic (copper, silver and gold, among others) are slightly repelled by external magnetic fields. Temporary magnetic properties are reverted, once an external field is removed, but according to scientists from the University of the Basque Country, it is possible to turn intrinsically nonmagnetic metals, such as silver, into permanent magnets by means of a controlled process.

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