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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Home-grown droid
    Chinese inventor Tao Xiangli puts finishing touches to a robot he built at his house in Beijing. The automaton cost him nearly $25,000 to build. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Off the deck
    An X-47B drone makes aviation history by becoming the first unmanned aircraft to take off from a carrier after flying from the USS George H W Bush. (Copyright: US Navy/Reuters)
  • Flash landing
    A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) returns to Earth near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. (Copyright: AP)
  • Milk of human kindness
    A 45-day-old black bear cub is nursed by a wildlife official after being found by children in a town on the edge of forest in north-west Pakistan. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Creating a buzz
    A multi-rotored drone has been tested in Slovenia. The remote-controlled vehicle may one day be used for filming or photography. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Glass effort
    Red filaments are painstakingly placed on a prosthetic eye by a French artist. The implants are made to exact measurements in a handful of factories. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Fishy business
    A Palestinian patient undergoes treatment by skin-nibbling fish at the Alaa Abu Ghali clinic in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Lemur's lick
    A ring-tailed lemur in its outdoor enclosure at a zoo in Rostock, Germany. Animals are being moved to outside compounds as the weather improves. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • It's a... doll!
    A Thai traffic officer practices emergency delivery during training at a Bangkok hospital. He is part of a unit which helps people stuck in jams. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • A tool to teach
    A preserved dolphin in a jar is used to teach children about mammals at the Ancol Smart House park in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. (Copyright: Reuters)
The most amazing pictures from the last seven days – including a home-built robot, a return to Earth for intrepid astronauts and a very hungry bear cub.

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Tiny robots, printable guns and a sunken German bomber

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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