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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Sky at night
    The entries for CIWEM's Environmental Photographer of the Year were announced, including this picture of the Milky Way and light pollution in Namibia. (Copyright: Florian Breuer)
  • Sleepy bear
    Vets inspect an anaesthetised five-year-old female Asiatic black bear in quarantine at the Mandai Zoological Garden in Singapore. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Flying circus
    Aircraft leave colourful smoke trails as they participate in a military show in Abu Dhabi (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Mercury in colour
    Nasa scientists created a high-resolution map of Mercury from thousands of images acquired by the Messenger probe during its first year in orbit. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Blood spot
    Schistosomes have adult stem cells, reports Nature, which could explain why these parasitic worms persist so long in humans,. (Credit: Jim Collins, Ana Vieira and Phillip Newmark)
  • Kilometre-high club
    The builder of The Shard in London announced plans for the 1,000-m-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which will be the world's tallest skyscraper. (Copyright: Mace/PA)
  • Clean-up operation
    US marine going through a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Explosive training drill – part of the annual Cobra Gold military exercise. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Time for take off
    Workers load part of the Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse into a cargo plane en route to San Francisco for a series of flights across America. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Lasting memory
    Europe's oldest chimpanzee Jojo, which died at 60, is displayed mounted at the Museum-Aquarium in Nancy, France, almost one year after its death. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Doubled over
    Participants perform some eye-watering exercises during the first session of the World Yoga Conference in Jammu. (Copyright: Getty Images)