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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Eye can see you!
    Justin Quinnell, a pinhole photography lecturer in Bristol, UK, has created a novel way to teach his students about camera obscuras. (Copyright: Justin Quinnell/Rex Features)
  • Illegal trade
    Indian government officials hold a stuffed leopard before an official burning of wildlife contraband, including leopard skins and bones, in Mumbai (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • High-wire act
    Multi-Guinness world record holder Exelon Kyle took 38.35 seconds to tightrope walk between two hot-air balloons in Kunming, China. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Play time
    A pair of dolphins leap in the wake of the cruise line ship in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the United States mainland (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Electric sight
    Lightning streaks across the sky above a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province (Copyright: Reuters)
  • OK, coral
    A research aquarium carrying out key studies on the deadly crown-of-thorns starfish devastating the Great Barrier Reef opened in Australia this week. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Full service
    Engineered Arts design and production engineer Marcus Hold works on a nearly completed RoboThespian robot in Penryn, England. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Roll with it
    Nasa’s Terra satellite captured parallel clouds, known as cloud streets, stretching for hundreds of kilometres over the Bering Sea. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Flare up
    Workers behind a gas flare at an oil well site in North Dakota. Pressure release valves release excess flammable gases during oil and gas drilling. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Graphic warning
    Cigarette packets with health warnings are displayed in a convenience store on in Sydney, Australia. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including clouds from space, illegal animal trade, and an eyeball-shaped camera. [WARNING: Contains graphic images]

More stunning image galleries:

Lightning strikes and a popsicle-licking polar bear

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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