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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Smoking sky
    A man watches huge smoke clouds over the Black Forest near Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was one of three fires which burned across the state. (Colorado Springs Gazette/AP)
  • Tiny toy
    A Japanese toymaker watches the world’s smallest infrared remote-controlled helicopter hover in front of him, ahead of the International Toy Show in Tokyo. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Seared tower
    Lightning strikes Chicago’s Willis Tower – formerly the Sears Tower – during a massive storm which hit Illinois and the Midwest. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Ready for your close-up?
    Nasa astronaut Chris Cassidy takes a picture with a digital SLR from the International Space Station (ISS). Casssidy will finish a six-month mission in September. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Pains and needles
    Pedang, a 14-year-old male Sumatran tiger, undergoes acupuncture to treat a chronic ear infection at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Lift off
    China’s Long March 2F rocket blasts into space carrying three astronauts to the country’s orbiting space lab, where they will undertake a 15-daty mission. (Copyright: AP)
  • Raised from the sea
    A WWII-era Dornier Do-17 bomber is transported on a barge after being salvaged from the English Channel. It is the most complete example of the German bomber found. (Getty Images)
  • Open wide
    A hippopotamus is fed with food shaped like the Chinese snack zongzi at a zoo in Shenzen. The dish is a traditional treat for June's Dragon Boat festival. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Hover bike
    Journalists watch as a flying bicycle concept is tested with a dummy in the Czech capital Prague. It uses six electricity-powered propellers toget airborne. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • The posing dead
    People pose with a zombie character from the smartphone games Plants vs Zombies outside the Electronic Entertainment Expo – or E3 – in Los Angeles. (Copyright: Reuters)
The most impressive pictures this week from the worlds of science and technology, including astronaut photography, a tiny helicopter and a hovering bicycle.

More stunning image galleries:

Rocket launch, a superfast train, and a tooth shark

Fire-fighting from the skies and an animatronic King Kong

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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