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In 2152, the crew of Enterprise NX-01 unknowingly entered a cloaked Romulan minefield where one of the mines attached itself to the hull of the ship. Commander Charles Tucker later ascertained the mine was made of a magnetic material, designed to be attracted to a starship's hull. (ENT: "Minefield")
While searching for a lost runabout in 2369, Chief Miles O'Brien used the term "needle in a haystack" to describe the their situation, then suggesting they sent out a series of probes to scan for any interaction of the runabout's hull to the magnetic atmosphere of the planets, effectively using a "magnet" to locate their "needle." (DS9: "Battle Lines")