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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Peak sighting
    This photo of the Matterhorn's North Face won the Professional Landscape category in the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. (Nenad Saljic/Sony World Photography Awards/AP Images)
  • Breaking out
    A zoo employee holds up a partially hatched Griffon vulture chick at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, Israel. Only 100 of the birds are thought to remain in Israel. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Stellar display
    Nasa released a new image of the Horsehead Nebula – taken by the Hubble Telescope to show infrared light – marking the space telescope’s 23rd anniversary. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • We come in peace
    A robot in front of London’s Houses of Parliament during the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which calls for a ban on drones which can attack independently. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Plane sailing
    The sun-powered Solar Impulse is pictured flying over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as it carries out a trip across the US. (Copyright: Solar Impulse/Reuters)
  • Helping hand
    Patrick Kane is fitted with the new Touch Bionics hand in Livingston, Scotland. The design’s rotating thumb allows tasks to be performed more easily. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Long-awaited launch
    The Antares rocket taking off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The expendable rocket will launch Cygnus spacecraft for Nasa. (Copyright: Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Finger-sized frog
    A green flying frog – aka Reinwardt's tree frog – is shown at Kalsruhe’s Natural History Museum in Germany, as part of a new wildlife show. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Fire drill
    Pyrotechnics explode during a disaster drill at Los Angeles’ LAX airport. More than 100 people were involved in a test of the airport’s emergency responses. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Model behaviour
    Lego monkeys clean each other at Salt Lake City’s Hogle Zoo. Artist Sean Kenney used some 125,000 Lego pieces to build 30 animals now on display. (Copyright: Salt Lake Tribune/AP)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring stunning views of Earth and space, bionic limbs and robot protests.

To see all the winners of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, click here.

More stunning image galleries:

Rubber wastelands, a trip to a taxidermist and hurricane testing labs

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

Places

New frontiers

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