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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • High-wireless act
    A high-altitude balloon - part of Google’s Project Loon – floats near Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. The balloons will provide internet access in remote areas. (Copyright: Google/Getty)
  • Smoke signals
    A Dassault Rafale fighter of the French Air Force performs a demonstration at the 50th Paris Air Show, which has seen flights from a number of jets. (Copyright: AP)
  • Smoggy skyline
    Skyscrapers loom out of the haze in Singapore, as the island state is shrouded in smoke caused by rainforest burnoff in nearby Indonesia. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Window on the world
    Planet Earth is seen from the cupola of the International Space Station (ISS), with the Russian Soyuz capsule seen in the left foreground. (Copyright: Nasa/Reuters)
  • Liliger, liliger, burning bright
    Zita, a liger, half-lioness, half-tiger (or liger) walks with her cub, a liliger – an offspring sired by a male lion – at a zoo in the Russian city of Novosibirsk. (Copyright: AP)
  • Virtual reality
    Tech giant Canon shows off prototype ‘mixed-reality’ goggles at the Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo. The concept comes to market later this year. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Flying runway
    British Aerospace has unveiled some of its more outlandish concepts from its archive, including this flying platform intended to launch warplanes from the air. (Copyright: BAE/PA)
  • Power boat
    Gerard d’Aboville stands on the solar panels of the boat Turanor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, at a marina in New York. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Eye-catching installation
    A beached whale made by Belgian art collective Captain Boomer lies on the River Thames foreshore at Greenwich, with performers dressed as scientists. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Amongst the devastation
    A deer rests in a burnt-out home after a fire near Colorado Springs in the US state of Colorado. The fire is thought to have been man-made. (Copyright: Colorado Springs Gazette/AP)
The most stunning images from this week in the worlds of science and technology, including the planet’s largest solar-powered boat, the Paris Air Show and the aftermath of a forest fire.

More stunning image galleries:

Astronaut photography, a tiny helicopter and a hovering bike

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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