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How to move giant magnet from New York to Chicago (+video)

This 50-foot-wide magnet is going nowhere fast: It will take more than a month for scientists to roll the magnet across land and sea to its new home.

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Compared to ants, we humans have a ways to go in the science of moving large objects. 

But we're getting better at it. We've shown we can safely cart 165,000-pound space shuttles from hangars to launch sites to an L.A. museum. We're pretty good at hoisting steel girders to the top of skyscrapers and grand pianos into second-story apartments.

The latest test: a 15-ton magnet. 

Long Island scientists will on Saturday begin to move a 50-foot-wide, 15-ton electromagnet about 3,200 miles to Chicago, in what is expected to be a more than month-long trip, according to  Brookhaven National Laboratory, the magnet's original home in Long Island, where it was built in the 1990s.

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