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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Light show
    Aurora Borealis illuminate the sky in Tallinn, Estonia. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Floating in flight
    Civilians onboard the Airbus A330 Zero-G enjoy the first zero gravity flight for paying passengers in Europe. The cost? 6,000 euros (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Early light
    Europe's Planck Surveyor satellite produced the most detailed map of the cosmic microwave background, the earliest light in the universe. (Copyright: Esa)
  • Play catch
    ICub, a Humanoid robot, tries to grab a ball at the Innorobo 2013 European summit in Lyon, southeastern France. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Counterfeit haul
    A Chinese policeman walks on a pile of fake medicines seized in Beijing recently. The illicit trade is believed to be worth around $75 billion globally. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Cup therapy
    A patient during a blood cupping session in Singapore. Cupping therapy is still used widely throughout Asia and the Middle East. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Monkey see, monkey scratch
    Did you know macaques suffer from hay fever too? In Japan, the pollen season is from February to April, and experts say hay fever is worse than last year. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Back to Earth
    The Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft brought home astronauts from the International Space Station, landing northeast of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Water world
    A drop of water reflecting a map of Earth to mark World Water Day on 22 March, drawing attention to the sustainable management of freshwater resources. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Strike a pose
    A plastinated body staged as an archer, displayed at an exhibition by German anatomist Gunther von Hagens in Vienna. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring the universe’s earliest light, zero gravity and a macaque with hayfever.

More stunning image galleries:

Comets, the world’s largest astronomical project and a lagoon of death

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

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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