14 December 2012
Best science and technology pictures of the week
- Shower time
- Stargazers float in a hot water spring on the shore of the Dead Sea as they watch the annual Geminid meteor display streak across the sky. (Copyright: Getty Images)
- Grand affair
- The 2012 Nobel prize laureates enter the banquet hall in Stockholm after receiving their awards on 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. (Copyright: Getty Images)
- Secret mission
- An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral carrying the Air Force’s secret X-37B space plane into orbit for its third classified mission. (Copyright: US Air Force)
- Bath time
- Japanese macaque, known as “snow monkeys”, take an open-air hot spring bath, or “onsen” at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yamanouchi, Nagano (Copyright: Getty Images)
- Protective shell
- Farmer Liu Qiyuan and his “Noah’s Arc” survival pods in Qiantun, south of Beijing. Liu hopes his pods will be used in tsunamis or earthquakes. (Copyright: Getty Images)
- One lump or two?
- Elephant dung coffee, made from beans eaten and digested by elephants living on a reserve in Northern Thailand, is the most expensive in the world. (Copyright: Getty Images)
- Mass influx
- A volunteer holds an Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchling on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Over 6,000 turtles are expected to arrive there this spawn season. (Copyright: Getty Images)
- Holy tweet
- Pope Benedict XVI sent his first Twitter message under @pontifex, blessing hundreds of thousands of new Internet followers in eight different languages. (Copyright: Getty Images)
- Extra-special day
- Couples here in Indonesia and around the world took their last chance this century to have a wedding date to remember by getting married on 12/12/12. (Copyright: Getty Images)
- Dead pool
- Fish float in the trash in the area where stadiums and the Olympic village will be built for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – including bathing snow monkeys, a tweeting pope and elephant dung coffee.
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