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From my work, men gain light
Yet my work keeps me out of sight
Moving matter to different places
Concealing the most jagged faces
Construction without a hard hat
Where most have curvy, I have flat

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Is it

The Wind?

From my work, men gain light

Wind electricity generator

Yet my work keeps me out of sight

You can't really see the wind.

Moving matter to different places

The wind moves clouds and dust around, even sand, etc.

Concealing the most jagged faces

Given time, even most jagged surfaces will get smoothed by the wind

Construction without a hard hat

The wind doesn't really wear a hat

Where most have curvy, I have flat

Not sure on this, seems to me similar to the previous about the jagged surface.

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  • $\begingroup$ I gather there is an up-vote for the effort but I didn't get it right. $\endgroup$ – rhsquared Aug 16 '16 at 6:04
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Maybe

A microchip?

From my work, men gain light

Something to do with computer monitors?

Yet my work keeps me out of sight

Not on display when working.

Moving matter to different places

Robots!

Concealing the most jagged faces

...

Construction without a hard hat

Roboooots! :D

Where most have curvy, I have flat

Brains! A computer brain is flat while bio-brains are curvy! This is probably my strongest connection and actually... I probably haven't got this one...

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Are you

Shadow?

From my work, men gain light

By existing, shadow provides the constrast that we need to notice light - can anything be "light" without darkness?

Yet my work keeps me out of sight

Things in shadow are often hard to see.

Moving matter to different places

Not entirely sure here, maybe to do with dark matter?

Concealing the most jagged faces

When features become difficult to distinguish in shadow

Construction without a hard hat

Not sure... maybe because it's a "shady" practice :P

Where most have curvy, I have flat

Shadows of 3D objects are projected onto a 2D plane (shadows are flat)

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Could it be:

Undersea Cable?

From my work, men gain light

Transferring electricity to power the light

Yet my work keeps me out of sight

"Hidden" as in under water/sea

Moving matter to different places

Transferring electricity

Concealing the most jagged faces

Not too sure, but jagged wires hidden from the cover

Construction without a hard hat

Undersea construction does not need a hard hat

Where most have curvy, I have flat

Most cable line are curvy, yet this one is flat

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My answer

Beaver

From my work, men gain light

beaver's work inspired the dam, like the Hoover Dam, which gives electricity or light.

Yet my work keeps me out of sight

the beaver's dam is built to hide it and it's family

Moving matter to different places

beavers move trees and plants to make the dam

Concealing the most jagged faces

then the beaver is hidden, along with their toothy faces

Construction without a hard hat

beavers chop trees without a hat

Where most have curvy, I have flat

Beavers have a flat tail where most tails are curvy. This is the refining point of the riddle.

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Is it

God?

From my work, men gain light

From Genesis 1 of the Bible: "Then God commanded, “Let there be light”—and light appeared."

Yet my work keeps me out of sight

This God has never been seen, as best we can deduce.

Moving matter to different places

God, being all-powerful, can move land, create continents and oceans, etc. according to the Bible.

Concealing the most jagged faces

Genisis 1 goes that God created oceans, which would have obscured many an underwater rocky mountain.

Construction without a hard hat

Would you picture God doing all this while wearing a hard hat?

Where most have curvy, I have flat

Humans are all 3-dimensional (and thus 'curvy') but God could theoretically be 2-dimensional?

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Is it

a coal or a diamond miner?

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you mind explaining how you got your answer? $\endgroup$ – Areeb Aug 17 '16 at 1:30
  • $\begingroup$ @MikeEarnest - thanks for the edit, I was on mobile $\endgroup$ – tetris11 Aug 18 '16 at 10:46

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