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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Storm chaser
    The International Space Station captures a mass of storm clouds over the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil and the Equator. (Copyright: Nasa/Reuters)
  • Rude awakening
    As ash spews from Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, escape routes have been planned and shelters are at the ready. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Shine a light
    Hundreds of green laser pointers track a military helicopter flying above Tahrir Square during protests opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Keeping cool
    An elephant covers himself in dust during soaring temperatures at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire, UK. (Copyright: PA Wire)
  • Top flight
    Russian SU-27 and Mig-29 combat aircraft perform for the crowd during the International Maritime Defence Show in St Petersberg. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Orbital cleaner
    Luca Parmitano ventures outside the International Space Station to make the necessary preparations for receiving a new Russian module. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Enter the space race
    Hong Kong revealed its expansion into space tourism by unveiling a scale model of its OCOR Lynx Mark II. Passengers will reach sub-orbital space in 60 minutes. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Going green
    A German WWII bunker has been transformed into a floral hideaway by artist Inge Tranter for the Bunkerlove festival in Hirtshals, Denmark. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Deep blue
    For the first time, astronomers have resolved the true colour of a planet orbiting another star. Silicate rain in HD189733b’s atmosphere gives its azure hue. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Playing with fire
    Smoke consumes the Las Vegas Strip skyline as it continues to billow from the Carpenter 1 fire on Mount Charleston. (Copyright: AP Photo)
This week's most stunning images in science and technology, including ventures in space, extreme conditions on earth, and what to do if you are a hot elephant.

More stunning image galleries:

Flying aces, challenging swims and confused robots

Supermoon, Tesla coils and medical clowns

World’s biggest solar-powered boat and forest fires

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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