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"I understand that a floating magnet has "weight", but if for example I had two 1kg magnets and a set of scales and I placed one of these magnets on the scales with the other floating above it what would the scales read? 1kg or 2kg or something completely different (numerous practical problems of keeping the floating magnet inside the others magnets field aside)?"
-Hamish Cooper (age 28)

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