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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Enchanted garden
    “Illusive Elusive”, a piece of work shown at the Kinetica Art fair in London, dedicated to kinetic, robotic, sound, electric and new media-based art. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Tunnel vision
    A drilling machine completes the 4 km-long Saverne tunnel beneath the Vosges mountains, eastern France for the Paris to Strasbourg high-speed train line. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Refuel on the go
    A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet takes on fuel from a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Underwater beauty
    Photographer and diver Alexander Semenov documented lion's mane jellyfish in the freezing waters of the White Sea, north-west Russia. (Copyright: Science Photo Library)
  • Storm alert
    Beijing was hit by its first sandstorm of the year while its air quality reached dangerous level on Thursday. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Space spirograph
    Hynpotic plot of Nasa's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope’s view of the Vela Pulsar during 51 months in orbit shows the complex motion of the spacecraft. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • All on deck
    Finishing touches are made to the monumental rice paper boat by Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi for the inaugural Art 13 London fair. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Ear we go
    Sunil Kumar (R) tends to a customer on the road in Amritsar. Ear-cleaners, or Kaan Saaf Wallahs as they are known, are commonly seen in Indian cities. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Motorised tour guide
    Visitors to Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation can now have guided tours on Honda’s personal mobility devices, “Uni-Cub”. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • No entry
    An altered traffic sign by French street artist Clet Abraham in Berlin (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring beauty under the sea, giant drilling machines and the hypnotic motion of a space telescope.

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Russian meteor, extreme weather and a turtle with artificial fins

Cosmic storms, the first bionic man and how to clean a oil-covered bird

Birth of stars, life at sub-zero temperatures and micro-living in the city

Pollution from space, active volcanoes and a robot restaurant

Amazing Lego sculptures, freakish weather… and Big Bird

Gruesome tools, environmental disasters and intimate views from space. 

Christmas treats and the end of the world

Bathing snow monkeys, a tweeting pope and elephant dung coffee.

Architectural giants and a new way of seeing the Moon

Red pandas, Saturn and Nature’s unstoppable forces

The world's largest bloom, the world's largest aquarium and the world's fastest sailing boat

Venice under water, a total eclipse and a pedestrian-avoiding car

Space shuttle, Baumgartner and Hurricane Sandy

The best of 2012 galleries:

A year in space

The year in technology

A year of discovery

People of the year

The year in weather

The year in wildlife

Weird and wonderful


New frontiers

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