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Best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Tiny fliers
    Harvard University unveiled winged robots inspired by flies. The 80mg robots flap mechanical wings and may one day search rubble for survivors. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Chopper rockets
    Two Kazakhstan Air Force helicopters launch rockets during a celebration to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day, to honour the country’s military forces. (Copyright: AP)
  • Transplant test
    A Tibetan macaque lies in intensive care in a Chinese military hospital after being given a genetically modified pig liver in a pioneering transplant. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Plastic pistol
    Cody Wilson fires the first working prototype of a 3D-printable gun. Wilson made the plans free to download, but US authorities have told him to take them down. (Copyright: BBC)
  • Drone away form home
    An X-47B drone on the deck of US carrier USS George H W Bush. It is due to become the first unmanned aircraft to fly off a carrier later this year. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Fiery night
    Lava shoots from Tungurahua volcano in Pelileo, Ecuador. It is the latest in a string of blasts, causing mudslides that swamped villages and roads. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Fuzzy newcomer
    A four-week-old baby crowned lemur takes a quick snooze in his mother’s fur at Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire in the UK. (Copyright: PA)
  • Sunken treasure
    An intact World War II German Dornier Do 17, found in shallow English Channel waters after being shot down in the Battle of Britain, is to be raised and restored. (Copyright: PA)
  • Storm over Kuwait
    Lightning plays across the sky above Kuwait City during a thunderstorm. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Pleased to meet you
    Robot SCITOS G5 from MetraLabs is unveiled at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Kalrsruhe in Germany. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
The most amazing pictures from the past seven days – featuring baby lemurs, crashed German bombers and 3D-printable pistols.

More stunning image galleries:

Dramatic storms, face transplants and a pensive gorilla

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

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