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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Launch position
    Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata attends pre-flight training in the Russian-leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome. (Getty Images)
  • Model parent
    Sid, a new born seahorse, with a model mother to keep him company while he grows big enough to join his siblings at Sea life London Aquarium. (PA Wire)
  • In formation
    F-15 jets fly during the military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground. (Getty Images)
  • Snakes alive
    The Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa in Jakarta, Indonesia offers a unique massage treatment - pythons. (Getty Images)
  • Energy source
    A worker explains the construction of the interior plasma chamber of the Wendelstein 7-X experimental fusion reactor at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. (Getty Images)
  • Surveillance flight
    A tagged vulture is released in the Israeli southern Negev Desert. They are in danger of extinction due to poisoning and electrocution from high voltage electric lines. (Getty)
  • Fire and light
    An eruption of Mount Etna as seen from the village of Viagrande, Sicily. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)
  • Holy smoke
    On the other side of the world, Mount Sinabung has been spewing out volcanic materials in Brastepu, North Sumatra, Indonesia. (AP Photo)
  • Bed time
    An Indian street child plays in a dry river after flood waters receded in Allahabad. (Getty Images)
  • Jumbo greeting
    A rarely seen single tusk elephant (also called as Ganesh Elephant) raises his trunk in Kaziranga National Park, India. (Getty Images)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including volcanoes, snake massages and a very unusual seahorse.

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Augmented reality in the operating room

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World’s biggest solar-powered boat and forest fires

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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

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