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Editorial: The age of discovery is back with a Big Bang

The awesome images of the universe’s own creation captured by the James Webb Space Telescope are an outstanding example of international collaboration

The Ring of Nebula, taken by Nasa’s Webb Telescope: the images are things of beauty

The age of discovery, it is sometimes said, is over. Amid humankind’s advances in technology, science and medicine, there is nothing new under the sun. Instead of looking up and out, as our forebears did in less sophisticated but more optimistic times, we look in.

And yet. Last week, as we contemplated glimpses of the most extraordinary spectacles humans are ever likely to see, the age of discovery returned with a bang – indeed, a ...