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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Launch-ready
    A Russian Proton rocket sits on the tarmac at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The rocket was due to lift off on Monday, carrying a satellite. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Jet trails
    A South Korean F-16 fighter flies over Seoul Air Base during the 65th anniversary of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces Day. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Rise of the robots
    Workers check the functions of a giant robot unveiled as part of an exhibition in Hefei, China. The 38 robots are mostly made from car parts. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • The young ones
    Researchers place panda cubs in a crib at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in south-west China. The 14 cubs were all born this year. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Suspended in space
    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft approaches the International Space Station (ISS) carrying three new crew members for the permanently-manned installation. (Copyright: Nasa/Reuters)
  • Bugged out
    Indian children run through a cloud of smoke as a worker fumigates an area of New Delhi to prevent mosquitoes breeding. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Fishy fragment
    A Chinese professor holds a fossil fragment of an ancient fish, Entelognathus primordialis, in front of a computer screen showing an impression of the animal. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Alien vista
    A Martian landscape from the Noctis Labyrinthus region of the Red Planet taken by Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). (Copyright: AFP/Getty images)
  • Milk of human kindness
    Dan, a two-year-old tiger, drinks from a nursing bottle held by caretaker Ary Borges, who is fighting a battle to keep wild animals he breeds in Brazil. (Copyright: AP)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including a crib full of pandas and glowing robots.

More stunning image galleries:

Northern Lights and baby turtles

Robot dragon and lightning strike

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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