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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Cosmic shower
    We saw the peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower this week, this time-lapse photo was taken above the Wyoming countryside. (Copyright: AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle)
  • Rescue mission
    A helicopter fights a forest fire at Seizures, near Penalva do Castelo, Portugal. Around 180 firemen worked to control the fire. (Copyright: EPA)
  • Pipe dream
    A sketch of Elon Musk’s proposed "Hyperloop" transport system, which could shoot passengers in capsules through a low-pressure tube at up to 800 mph. (Copyright: Tesla Motors)
  • Grub’s up
    To celebrate its 85th anniversary, Rentokil set up a pop-up stand in London, serving salted weaver ants, chocolate dipped worms, and pigeon and mealworm burgers. (Copyright: Getty)
  • Insect transformer
    A beetle-shaped robot Kabutom RX-03, made by Japanese engineer Hitoshi Takahashi - 11m long and 17-tonnes, it can walk on six diesel-engine-powered legs. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Dry as a bone
    Sony's latest waterproof tablet being put to the test in Sydney. According to the company, the Xperia Tablet Z can work a metre deep in water. Copyright: AFP)
  • Seals of approval
    Young seals swimming at the Seehundstation Norddeich, Germany, a facility for raising pups separated from mothers by storms, disease or human disturbance. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Strike one
    A lightning storm over the sea near the tourist destination of Cancun, Mexico. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Peak view
    A medicine mogul in China has spent six years building his own private mountain peak and luxury villa on the top of this residential building. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Prized specimen
    A female Mossy leaf-tailed gecko, native to Madagascar, part of the private collection of Irondequoit, NY resident and Reef Shoppe owner Thomas Wood (Copyright: Reuters)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including worm burgers, beetle robots and a private mountain peak on the top of a building.

More stunning image galleries:

Baby lobsters and the most sophisticated robot of its time

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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