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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Test light
    A Mk8 Lynx helicopter undertakes a “flare firing” of all of its 60 infrared countermeasure flares in the Eastern Mediterranean. (Copyright: PA Wire)
  • Close-up view
    Giant ants (Paraponera Clavata), appearing at the exhibition "Mille milliards de fourmis" at the Palais de la Decouverte in Paris. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Smoking out
    A municipal worker carries out dengue prevention spraying in New Delhi. Nearly 1,400 dengue cases have been reported, with at least five deaths. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Robot fighter
    Dok-Ing’s robot vehicle MVF-5 Multifunctional Robotic Firefighting System sprays water cannon at a fire department school in Velaux, southern France. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Up for the count
    An elephant and its calf at Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Kenyan and Tanzanian governments started an aerial count of elephants and other large mammals. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Out of the shadows
    Queensland University of Technology’s Team Arrow prepare their car to catch the sunrise light before racing in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Sudden impact
    High waves hit a road after typhoon Fitow made landfall in Wenling, China. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • In-flight entertainment
    Spectators watch an air show before the start of the Formula One Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam. (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Mini me
    BBC presenter Evan Davis inspects a 3D-printed version of himself at London Science Museum’s exhibition entitled "3D: printing the future". (Copyright: Getty Images)
  • Electric display
    Flashes of lightning strike above the "Bahia de Santa Lucia" (bay of Santa Lucia), in Acapulco, southeast Mexico. (Copyright: Getty Images)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including robotic firefighters, solar car races and extreme weather.

More stunning image galleries:

Supervolcanoes on Mars and Chinese military drones

Baby pandas and glowing robots

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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