The astrophysicist Janna Levin describes the fierce scientific beauty she finds in black holes and reveals why she took a major risk early in her career.

D. Vartanyan, A. Burrows. Thanks to ALCF, D. Radice and H. Nakagura

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The astrophysicist Janna Levin describes the fierce scientific beauty she finds in black holes and reveals why she took a major risk early in her career.

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