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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Sunset flight
    Famingos fly over the Fuente de Piedra lake, near Malaga, during a tagging and control operation of chicks to monitor the evolution of the species. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Crazy kaleidoscope
    Sir Jonathan Mills launches the programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Festival at the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh. (Copyright: PA Wire)
  • Blast from the past
    For auction: Cygan; made in 1957; one of the most sophisticated robots of its time, with an ability to accept spoken commands and respond to light rays. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Front line
    A 360-degree panorama by Berlin-based artist Yadegar Asisi shows the Battle of Nations in the city it took place in – Leipzig, Germany. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Aerial view
    Members of the Russian Air Force perform with their Su-27 type aircraft during the International Air Show at the Hungarian Air Force base in Kecskemet (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Claws and effect
    Baby European lobsters from the Helgoland Biological Institute in Germany ready to be released into the North Sea to help repopulate the population. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Heat of battle
    A firefighter tackles flames from the Silver Fire burning a home near Banning, California, injuring two firefighters and one civilian. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Touch the sky
    The first of 88 wind turbines installed at the Wind Power Park Eolico, Panama, billed as being the largest in Central America. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Bear protest
    The World Wildlife Fund placed around 1,600 panda bear sculptures at the Hauptbahnhof main railway station to signify the number that remain in the wild. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Meat feat
    Professor Mark Post holds the world’s first lab-grown beef burger, made by knitting together around 20,000 strands of protein cultured from cattle stem cells. (Copyright: Reuters)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including wildfires, baby lobsters and the most sophisticated robot of its time.

More stunning image galleries:

Clouds from space, illegal animal trade, and an eyeball-shaped camera

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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