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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • In bloom
    A tree among several thousands of tonnes of used tyres piled in an abandoned recycling installation in Lachapelle-Auzac, France. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Clean-up operation
    Chinese workers clean the National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube, in Beijing, China, which hosted swimming during the Olympic Games. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Wall of wind
    Fans at the Florida International University engineering center used to test the hurricane resiliency of everything from private homes to light poles. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Grin and bear it
    A bear called Cannelle being prepared in the taxidermy lab at the Museum of Natural History in Toulouse for an upcoming exhibition. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Feather ban
    Indonesia is concerned a deadly bird flu outbreak could claim an unlikely victim - the shuttlecock – after Chinese duck feather imports were banned. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Polar fly-by
    Nasa’s IceBridge mission ended the fourth week of its Arctic campaign with a flight over eastern Greenland's Geikie Peninsula and a survey of a Canadian ice cap. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Paws for effect
    Two of the four Asian lion babies recently born at Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden not exactly seeing eye-to-eye. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • In the red
    Commuters travelling during a heavy sandstorm in Yecheng county, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Pilot scheme
    NASA's remotely piloted X-48C hybrid-wing-body subscale aircraft flies over Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, California. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Mind your step
    A dog crosses a flooded courtyard during spring flooding in the village of Khlupin, 270 km (168 miles) south of Minsk. (Copyright: Reuters)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring a rubber wasteland, a trip to a taxidermist and hurricane testing labs.

More stunning image galleries:

Flu scares, robot surgery and the untouched planet

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


New frontiers

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