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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Fly-by path
    Comet C/2011 L4 Pan-Starrs (l) seen with a one-day old crescent moon over the Very Large Array radio telescope antenna dishes in New Mexico. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Mass death
    Dead fish floating on the waters of the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, beside the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Memorial light
    Light show in Kesennuma City, as Japan commemorating the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Eyes on the skies
    With 66 giant radio telescopes, the largest astronomical project in the world, the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array, opened in Chile. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Martian dig
    Members of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission collect geologic samples in the Utah desert – members use its terrain to simulate working conditions on Mars. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Path to recovery
    Young patients at a children’s hospital in Donetsk, Ukraine. Around 5,500 children with various types of cancer are registered in Ukraine. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Techno taxi
    Hitachi today unveiled a robot vehicle, Ropits (Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System), which can pick up and drop off passengers autonomously. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Here’s looking at you
    Night-vision technology on display at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • I, robot
    Humanoid robot Roboy on show at an exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the University of Zurich’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Bird protest
    Why did the duck cross the road? To take part in an anti-nuclear rally in Taiwan, of course. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring comets, the world’s largest astronomical project and a lagoon of death.

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Biblical swarms, reaching out into space, and jumping rats

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

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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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