Photography isn't all about capturing isolated moments of intense physical beauty. This modern art also provides the world with images that stun us for a variety of other reasons. Some images lead to tears of joy or despair, others excite our imaginations and fill us with awe. Here are 15 of the most wonderful and astonishing photographs taken recently.
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This is the machine that found the Higgs Boson Particle.
A dying lady enjoys Rembrandt for the final time.
The Rwanda Cycling team stop to enjoy seeing snow for the first time.
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Authentic bamboo scaffolding.
The Oval Office before each new president moves in.
A yogurt pot that has survived since at least 1976, found at the beach.
A nanoinjector, which injects cells with DNA.
The true scale of Tokyo.
The Margravial Opera House, Germany.
A German gun turret in France (from WWII).
Discovery, an American space shuttle.
An SS officer's gun belt.
Several objects are aligned perfectly to appear like 4 separate images.
This chef has been in the pizza making business since 1965, selling them at $5 a slice.