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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Faster, higher, stronger
    The crew on the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket is carrying the Olympic torch to the International Space Station as part of the lead-up to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Nasa)
  • Smoke trail
    A two-minute exposure image of the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket as it headed into orbit. (Nasa)
  • Mud chorus
    Backpacker Daniel Trim captured mudskippers mid-song in Krabi, southern Thailand. (Daniel Trim/Rex Features)
  • On alert
    Officials from the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center watch the increase in activity of Mount Sinabung, Indonesia. (Reuters)
  • Sun block
    Skywatchers worldwide were treated to the appearance of a rare hybrid form of solar eclipse, switching between an annular and total eclipse. (Reuters)
  • Top guns
    Jet fighters take part in Cruzex, a multi-national air exercise hosted by the Brazilian Air Force, in the city of Natal in Rio Grande do Norte. (Reuters)
  • Daft junk
    Robot guitarist Mach and robot drummer Ashura (L), in the rock band Z-Machines, perform music during the Maker Faire Tokyo event. (Getty Images)
  • Flight of fancy
    Pelicans silhouetted by a setting sun fly as they look for fish along the California coastline. (Reuters)
  • Storm warning
    Super Typhoon Haiyan moving towards the Philippines. At the time the storm had sustained winds of 140mph (225kph), making it one of the strongest ever recorded. (Getty)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including a rare eclipse, an Olympic torch-bearing rocket and singing mudskippers.

More stunning image galleries:

Volcanoes, snake massages and a very unusual seahorse

New space ventures and mirrors that light up a town

Bionic men and Saturn in amazing detail

Robotic firefighters, solar car races and extreme weather

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

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