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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Leader dip
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin took a dive in a C-Explorer 5 submersible to see the remains of the naval frigate Oleg, which sank in the 19th century. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Super sonic
    Artist’s impression of the Skylon spaceplane – the UK’s new rocket engine that will fly five times the speed of sound and send astronauts into orbit. (Copyright: PA Wire)
  • Whale of a time
    It’s annual migration time for humpback whales, travelling 8,500km (5,280 miles) from the Antarctic Peninsula to the Colombian coast to give birth. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Galactic grooming
    Nasa astronaut Karen Nyberg onboard the International Space Station demonstrates how she washes her hair in zero gravity. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Green day
    A worker cleans up algae brought by Typhoon Soulik at the coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Sky at night
    Kielder Water in Northumberland could become Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park, where astronomy will be promoted by restricting light pollution. (Copyright: PA Wire)
  • High flier
    French Rafale fighter soars through the sky to make an appearance at the Paris Bastille Day military parade. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Future history
    Computer graphic images projected on the wall of a former dockyard in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its re-development. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Kissed by the sun
    A stalk of soft red winter wheat against the setting sun in Dixon, Illinois. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Just add water
    After seven years of being dry, flood waters filled the Ahmed-sar tank beside the 600-year-old Sarkhej Roza complex in Ahmedabad, India. (Copyright: Getty Images)
This week's best images in science and tech, including migrating whales, a new supersonic plane and how to wash your hair in space.

More stunning image galleries:

Space ventures, extreme Earth, and hot elephants

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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