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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Storm surge
    A man run away as waves crash over a barrier in Yantai, Shandong Province, China. Strong storms have battered the country’s coast. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Battling the blaze
    A plane drops fire-dousing chemicals near Santa Barbara, California, during attempts to quell a 170-acre grass fire. Some 2,000 people were evacuated. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferry cross the murky
    A boat navigates past the Sydney Harbour bridge in Australia amidst thick fog. Flights and ferry services were delayed as a blanket of fog covered the city. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Animatronic ape
    Designer Sonny Tilders unveils a six-metre tall, 1.1-tonne gorilla created for the world premiere of the King Kong musical in Melbourne, Australia. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Rising rocket
    A Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft is lifted to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Three astronauts blasted into space on 29 May. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Original Death Star?
    A staff member looks on at a recreation of Greek scientist Archimedes’ Planetarium at Rome’s Capitoline Museum, as part of an exhibit of his work. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Where there's smoke
    Popocatepetl, Mexico's second-highest peak, spews ash and smoke. The volcano’s recent activity caused authorities to place it on a higher alert level. (Copyright: AFP/Getty)
  • Breaking the cage
    Two bears seen through the bars of a private zoo near a restaurant in Pristina, Kosovo. A campaign has been launched to free bears kept in such conditions. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • From sea to air
    A Japanese US-2 seaplane takes off. Japan has just signed a contract to provide the aircraft to India – the first time Tokyo has exported arms since 1967. (Copyright: AFP/Getty)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including fire-fighting from the air, stormy weather in China and an animatronic King Kong.

More stunning image galleries:

Dancing robots, a pair of MiGs and a topsy-turvy tiger

A drone at sea, a curious lemur and a dramatic landing from space

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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