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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Sun down
    This stunning image of an onlooker during the annular solar eclipse in May 2012 is one of 50 finalists in smithsonian.com ‘s annual photo contest. (Copyright: Colleen Pinski)
  • Man and machine
    A visitor shakes hands with Aila (Artificial Intelligence Lightweight Android) during a demonstration at the 2013 Cebit technology fair in Germany. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Along for the ride
    A baby orangutan sits on its mother’s back. The male is the 40th birth at Singapore Zoo, which houses the largest colony of the endangered creatures. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Space grab
    The Dragon resupply vessel is snared by a robotic arm at the International Space Station. The picture published on Twitter by astronaut Chris Hadfield. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Raging bull
    One of only three 220mph Lamborghini Venenos went on display during the 83rd Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Rodent trapped
    A rat frozen in midair as it jumps between two paint cans was the winner of the Mammal Society Photographer of the Year award. (Copyright: Roy Rimmer/The Mammal Society)
  • Biblical swarm
    A photographer takes pictures of a swarm of locusts near the Egyptian border in Israel. Tens of millions of locusts have appeared. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Permission for fly-by
    A US Air Force F-22 Raptor shows its weapon bay during the Australian International Airshow in Melbourne (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Stuffed up
    A visitor walks past a stuffed Pelican at the new Treasures of the Royal Court exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Storm surge
    One of six cargo ships stranded on the shore of Colon city in Panama following a storm that caused high winds and large winds in the Caribbean. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring biblical swarms, reaching out into space, and jumping rats.

For more photos from Nasa Astronaut Chris Hadfield follow @Cmdr_Hadfield on Twitter.  

To see all 50 images in the Smithsonian’s annual photo competition visit its gallery, where you can also vote for your favourite.

And to see all of the entries in The Mammal Society photo competition, visit this Flickr gallery.

More stunning image galleries:

Deep sea beauty, giant drilling machines and hypnotic space telescopes

Stunning views of Earth and up close and personal with a human parasite

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

Places

New frontiers

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