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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Take off
    A new generation medium-range transport aircraft Antonov An-70 during the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Great catch
    Featured in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition is this: a Kamchatka brown bear pouncing on a female salmon swollen with roe. (Copyright: Valter Bernardeschi)
  • Blazing battle
    Over 2,000 firefighters battled the flames of the Rim Fire near Groveland, California that also entered a section of Yosemite National Park. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • At your service
    A young visitor watches a robot stir a pot of food during the Taipei International Robot Show in Taiwan. (Copyright: AP)
  • Flight tracker
    A young whooping crane guided by an Operation Migration ultralight, which acts as a surrogate parent to guide birds along a planned migration route. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Under orders
    An unmanned Delta 4 Heavy rocket, the largest booster in the US fleet, lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base to put a classified satellite into orbit. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Eye, eye
    A black rhino named Songa looks out of a crate hole at Lewa Wildlife conservancy en route to neighbouring Borana conservancy to afford them more space. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • In flight entertainment
    MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-27 jets from the Russkiye Vityazi aerobatic teams perform during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon outside Moscow. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Celestial sight
    Images three seconds apart of the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing directly in front of the Sun, as seen by Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Wakey wakey!
    An undated handout photograph released this week by the Taipei City Zoo shows a panda cub opening her eyes. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including fires at Yosemite and an eclipse from Mars.

More stunning image galleries:

Augmented reality in the operating room

Worm burgers and beetle robots

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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