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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Blooming great
    At 2.27 metres (7ft 5in) high, the Amorphophallus titanium at the Botanical Garden in Basel is the largest flower in the world. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Water rocket
    A sleek sailing boat called Sailrocket 2 set a new sailing speed record of 54.08 knots (100km/h, 62.2mph) off the coast of Namibia. (Copyright: Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket)
  • Protection scheme
    Afghan health workers administer polio vaccinations as part of a three-day nationwide immunisation campaign against the disease. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Touchdown
    After four months aboard the International Space Station, three astronauts safely landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan in a Russian Soyuz capsule. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Nuclear option
    Toshiba's four-legged robot is shown off in Japan before it begins investigations of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Slim pickings
    Greater adjutant storks look on as a young Indian rag picker trawls through a garbage landfill at Boragoan in Guwahati, north-eastern India. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Handy work
    A technician works on a prosthetic arm at the Red Cross orthopedic centre in Kabul, Afghanistan. The clinic is unique in that all workers are handicapped. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Starburst
    The Sun had two prominent particle eruptions during an intense four hour period, captured by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. (Copyright: Nasa/SDO/Steele Hill)
  • Under the sea
    Two people stand next to the world’s largest viewing window at the world's largest oceanarium opened in Singapore. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Bog standard
    “The Public Toilet” sculpture by British artist Andrew Shoben promoted World Toilet Day, which aims to raise awareness of sanitation conditions worldwide. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – including the world's largest bloom, the world's largest aquarium and the world's fastest sailing boat.

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