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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Long way home
    Planet Earth (bottom right) is viewed from behind Saturn’s rings by Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft. The probe is now 898 million miles away. (Copyright: Nasa/Reuters)
  • Eye of the storm
    Lightning strikes behind the London Eye in central London. Electrical storms broke out over southern England this week after days of sweltering weather. (Copyright: PA)
  • Bracing dip
    Chincoteague ponies swim across the Assateague Channel in the US state of Virginia during summer rain, during the 88th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim. (Copyright: AP)
  • Fire watch
    Members of the Filer Fire Department watch a helicopter from the US Bureau of Land Management drop water on a blaze north of Filer, Idaho. (Copyright: AP)
  • Relieving the pressure
    People watch floodwaters from the Yellow River released in China’s central Henan province. Nearly 300 people have died after rainstorms in the south. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Under the waves
    French technicians test new submersible Vortex in La Seyne-sur-Mer, southern France. It is part of a project to create autonomous underwater vehicles. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Polar pop
    A polar bear cools down with an iceblock during a swim in his enclosure at Himeji Zoo in Japan. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Fiery display
    Art installation entitled Fire Wall by Arron Sherwood at the launch of Dublin’s Festival of Curiosity science event. (Copyright: PA)
  • Heads up
    An employee of Japanese electronics giant Sony shows a new head-mounted display for endoscopic imagery, which will go on sale next month. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Friendly pair
    Two Indian parrot hatchlings which were caught by a local hunter and offered for sale in the north-eastern state of Nagaland. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including a lightning strike on the London Eye, a huge wave of water in China and a popsicle-licking polar bear.

More stunning image galleries:

Supersonic planes, migrating whales and hair washing in space

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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