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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Drill thrill
    Nasa's Curiosity rover drilled down into the Martian rock for the first time. It will take a powdered sample that can be delivered to the vehicle's onboard labs. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Clean-up operation
    Staff at the RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre wash a stricken guillemot bird covered in a oil additive from a pollution spill near Taunton, UK. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Million-dollar man
    “Rex”, the world's first 'bionic man', at London’s Science Museum. Costing $1million, Rex has prosthetic limbs, artificial blood system and organs. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Ice ride
    Tourists ride on specially constructed "ice-chairs" on the frozen Houhai Lake during severe pollution in Beijing, China. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Time keeper
    The world’s first speaking clock, at the Paris Observatory, will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Say Ahhhh
    Pygmy elephant “Joe” at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Malaysia. The authorities are investigating why 14 rare Borneo pygmy elephants were found dead last month. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Space robot
    The Expedition 34 crew members on board the International Space Station carried out tests on Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Rocket launcher
    A Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying six Globalstar-2 F1 satellites is mounted on the launch pad of the Russian-leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Hail to the king!
    Researchers announced that the remains found in a Leicester car park were those of King Richard III – and that they were able to reconstruct his face. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Special recognition
    US National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation ready to be awarded by President Barack Obama at the White House. (Copyright: Getty Images)