Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Knowledge of Magnetism

Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Knowledge of Magnetism
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Magnets are a mystery that has baffled scientists and philosophers for millennia, and researchers still don't fully understand the properties that give magnetic fields their potency. Ancient Greek legend held that a shepherd named Magnes first discovered the curious force when a stone pulled at his iron staff in an area of Greece then known as Magnesia.

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