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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Hello kitty
    Hannes Lochner spent three-and-a-half years in the Kalahari Desert capturing wildlife for his book The Dark Side of the Kalahari. (Copyright: Hannes Lochner)
  • Building bridges
    Nearly 12 years in construction, the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge opened – the world's tallest self-anchored suspension tower. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Pipe work
    A scientist works on the Muse (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) instrument in Lyon Spatial Observatory in Saint Genis Laval. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • In flight
    A bumblebee flies next to a sunflower in Godewaersvelde, northern France. (Copyright: AFP)
  • Show stopper
    Visitors stand under a giant 3D HD presentation at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair in Berlin, Germany. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Red sea
    The Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2013 photo contest finalists were announced, including this of a skier carving through a field of cranberries. Copyright: Ryan Taylor/Red Bull)
  • On their way
    Storks fly over the border between Turkey and Syria, as they prepare to migrate. (Copyright: AFP)
  • One small step
    Humanoid communication robot Kirobo on board the International Space Station to help Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata conduct experiments in space. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Giant splash
    How big is this humpback whale snapped in Alaska? Hide the caption to find out. (Copyright: slobirdr/Flickr)
  • Close encounter
    Australian motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic, born without limbs, swims in a shark habitat at Marine Life Park, Singapore. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, featuring nature in stunning action and robots in space.

More stunning image galleries:

Yosemite fires and an eclipse from Mars

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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