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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Storm front
    The coast of Guyana switched to “red alert” as several houses were hit by high tides. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Iron chef
    A cook in a robot-themed restaurant in Harbin, northeast China, where 20 robots perform chores, from ushering guests to waiting tables and cooking dishes. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Beached view
    Hundreds of people gather to see the dead body of a 15-metre sperm whale that washed up dead on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Red-hot sight
    One of Europe's most active volcanoes, Stromboli, churned into activity north of Sicily, spewing out lava towards the sea. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Space inflatable
    NASA awarded a contract to Bigelow Aerospace to build an inflatable laboratory, which could be destined for the International Space Station in 2015. (Copyright: Bigelow Aerospace)
  • Bottle bank
    A glimpse inside Mexico City’s Water House company, which filters and recycles polluted rain water to be bottled and sold. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Smoke signals
    Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing reached levels judged as hazardous to human health, the smog (grey) clearly visible from space. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Motor eyes
    It’s not Lightning McQueen, it’s the Lexus IS 350 F Sport, which made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Through the mist
    An evocative picture captures smoke coming out from Roquette's factory chimmeys in Lestrem, northeastern France. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Feeding time
    A group of Brahminy kites (Haliastur indus) are the latest attraction at Ocean park along Manila Bay in the Philippines. (Copyright: Getty Images)