13.7: Cosmos And Culture Commentary On Science And Society

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Physics is full of big, interesting questions about phenomenon such as black holes. This illustration shows the supermassive black hole at the heart of the active galaxy NGC 3783 in the southern constellation of Centaurus. M. Kornmesser/ESO hide caption

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The sun rises behind the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation telescopes at the National Science Foundation'€™s South Pole Station. Steffen Richter/Harvard University hide caption

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The Concorde was fast and changed how we thought about travel here on Earth. In the future, we may well travel at speeds that change our relationship with time itself. David Parker/Getty Images hide caption

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The Large Hadron Collider's ATLAS detector under construction in 2005. ATLAS is one of the tools physicists are using to try and understand how the universe works. Maximilien Brice/CERN hide caption

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