18th century world map
World map. 18th century German map showing the Old (right) and New (left) world hemispheres, and celestial maps of the stars of the northern (upper) and southern (lower) hemispheres. The map is adorned by various cherubic figures and images of different weather phenomena. A picture of Mount Etna erupting is at lower left. Published by German map publisher Johann Baptist Homann in around 1716.
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Particle physics research
Particle physics research. Screenshot of particle tracks as recorded by a detector at a particle accelerator. Particles such as protons are accelerated to near the speed of light to collide with other particles or a stationary target. The resulting release of energy leads to the creation of new particles, increasing our understanding of the fundamental nature of the universe. This research, related to the Large Hadron Collider, is being presented at a seminar at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, in Dubna, in Russia's Moscow region. Photographed in March 2010.
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Modified Concorde Shannon Airport
The newly modified British Airways Concorde arriving at Shannon Airport, in the Republic of Ireland, for flight crew refresher training. The flight from London's Heathrow airport followed two successful verification flights out into the Atlantic by the same plane last month. * The trip, is part of a series of tests to prepare for Concorde's return to passenger service in September. The training at Shannon will include 35 take-offs and landings. All Concorde passenger flights have been halted since last summer following the July 2000 Air France Concorde crash near Paris which claimed 113 lives.
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