Culture : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Cultural context gives science much of its meaning and importance. So we write a lot about the interplay between science and culture. Hey, its in our name.

13.7 Cosmos & Culture

Commentary On Science And Society

Culture

Vision, drive and a commitment to excellence: Beyoncé performs at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images hide caption

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Randy Moss of the 49ers glides down the field, under an arcing football, on his way to a touchdown against the Patriots on December 16, 2012. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images hide caption

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The brain of former NFL star Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, showed signs of the kind of neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head trauma. Elsa/Getty Images hide caption

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Diamond argues that there are things we can learn from small-scale societies like those found in Papua New Guinea. Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chances are they already speak more languages than you: children from Papua New Guinea's Andai tribe of hunter-gatherers wait for their parents to vote in the village of Kaiam. Over 800 languages are spoken in PNG, a country of about six million people. Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Now that the party is over, are you ready to make good on your New Year's resolutions? Kurt Desplenter/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A replica Mayan Calendar Round showing the date September 21, 2004, opening day for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Molly Stephey/Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian hide caption

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