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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Space is the place
    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two flies over California’s Mojave Desert in a test flight on 29 April. Commercial flights may take place by the year’s end. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Gathering storm
    Clouds assemble over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. The territory was subjected to sudden storms, but no deaths or serious damage was reported. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • facing the future
    Carmen Blandin Tarleton met the press in Boston after receiving a successful face transplant in February. Her estranged husband had thrown caustic lye at her. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Pensive primate
    Kumbuka, a 15-year-old western lowland gorilla, warily explores his new home at ZSL London Zoo after moving from Paignton Zoo in the west of England. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Low pass
    Hungarian aerobatic pilot Zoltan Veres speeds just feet above the River Danube after flying underneath Budapest’s famous Chain Bridge. (Copyright: AFP/Getty)
  • Out of this world
    Sci-fi fans dressed as Doctor Who’s nemesis the Cybermen get last-minute tweaks before taking part in the 12th annual Sci-Fi London festival in east London. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Microscopic movie
    A still from A Boy and His Atom: The World's Smallest Movie, made by moving an atom and then magnifying it 100 million times to create a motion picture. (Copyright: IBM/AFP/Getty)
  • Cosmic cyclone
    A storm pictured on Saturn's north pole was a staggering 2,000 km (1,250 miles) across, with cloud speeds of hundreds of miles per hour. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Snappy dresser
    A 'chindogu' panoramic photo camera at the 2013 Concours Lepine in Paris, France. ‘Chindogu’ is a Japanese word which translates as ‘weird tools’. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Through the looking glass
    Chicago’s Willis Tower – once the world’s tallest building – celebrated its 40th birthday this week. The tower used to be known as the Sears Tower. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring hurricanes in space, face transplants and the smallest animation ever made.

More stunning image galleries:

Space, bionic limbs and robot protests

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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