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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • In a flap
    Chicken breeders in Yuxin township, Zhejiang province say business has been hit by local poultry markets closing to prevent the transmission of the H7N9 virus. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Unchanging world
    Sebastiao Salgado's Genesis project premiered at London’s Natural History Museum, charting parts of the planet that remain untouched by modern life. (Copyright: Sebastiao Salgado)
  • Poorly pup
    A young sea lion recovers at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, California. Many ill pups have turned up on California's coastline since January. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Delicate operation
    A technician performs electronic surgery, replacing a thin cable on a robot at an industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Glass ride
    Also at the Hanover trade fair was German company Schaeffler’s motorcycle made of glass. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Break out
    Millions of newly hatched Olive Ridley turtles make their way to the Bay of Bengal, from a mass nesting site in the Indian coastal state of Orissa. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Brain stain
    Scientists have developed a method that makes tissues like the brain transparent, so they can be examined without cutting into slices. (Copyright: Kwanghun Chung/Karl Deisseroth)
  • I’m still standing
    A birch tree gnawed by beavers in Lengenwang, Germany. 120 beavers have been resettled in southern parts of Germany since 1979. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Spring bee
    A bee collects pollen on a pussy willow. Colony collapse disorder is wiping out thousands of bee colonies each year. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Space milestone
    On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to see Earth from space. His view must have been as spectacular as this from the International Space Station (Copyright: Nasa)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring flu scares, robot surgery and parts of the planet untouched by modern life.

More stunning image galleries:

Cars in flight, active volcanoes and an enormous tarantula

Giant eggs, natural born killers and a musical use for gun parts

The universe’s earliest light, zero gravity and a macaque with hayfever

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

Places

New frontiers

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