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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Robot pose
    A performer dressed as robot stands at an escalator during the press preview of the international toy fair in Nuremberg, southern Germany. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Sombre scene
    Am 18m-long dead whale lies at Predidents beach in the Sables d'Olonne, western France. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Bubble telescope
    Nasa astronaut Kevin Ford, in the Unity node of the International Space Station, is seen through a water bubble floating between him and the camera (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Space monkey
    A scientist holds a monkey which Iran said returned safely from a sub-orbital flight in a capsule 120km (75 miles) above the Earth’s surface. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Rocket success
    The KSLV-1 (Naro) rocket lifts off from the launch pad at Goheung Space Centre in South Korea. (Copyright: Korea Aerospace Research Institute via Getty Images)
  • Hospital clown blowing bubble
    A hospital clown – or ‘giggle doctor’ - blows bubbles during a training session in Bern, Switzerland. The clowns help children with hospital stress. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Smoggy commute
    Residents in New Delhi wait for a bus in polluted conditions; environmentalists blamed diesel-powered cars for a recent spike in pollution levels. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Mountain pass
    A WWII-era Lockheed P-38 Lightning flies over the Kitzuehel Alps in Austria during an exhibition flight. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Pollen counters
    A Japanese weather forecast employee with ‘pollen counters’ – robots which monitor pollen levels during hayfever season, warning sensitive sufferers. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Flu toll
    A Cambodian woman walks past chickens at a Phnom Penh market. Two girls died of bird flu, authorities said, bringing 2013’s death toll to four. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)