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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Chock-a-flock
    Starlings blacken the sky above the Mediterranean sea in Nice, France. (AP/Lionel Cironneau)
  • You’ve got snail
    A slimy "snail massage" in Russia. Optimistic proponents believe it eliminates wrinkles. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
  • Haste land
    An Osprey aircraft comes in to land, helping provide urgent aid after Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. (Reuters/Edgar Su)
  • Dark planet
    A moody Saturn, taken by Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft, 1.6 million kilometres away. (AFP/Nasa)
  • Land, ahoy!
    The newest land in the world emerges as an undersea volcano forms a new island off the coast of Japan. (Reuters/Kyodo)
  • View to a killer
    A powerful tornado is seen through a window in Illinois. It was one of many across the US Midwest this week. (Reuters/Anthony Khoury)
  • Backyard stargazer
    US trucker Mike Clements has built a telescope that he claims is the largest ever made by an amateur. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)
  • Doctor flew
    A remote-control TARDIS, created by inventor Otto Dieffenbach, flies above San Diego, California. (Reuters/Mike Blake)
  • Rocket, science
    An Atlas V rocket launches with Nasa’s Maven spacecraft, which will study the Martian atmosphere. (AP/Nasa, Bill Ingalls)
  • Mist out
    Fog fills an entire valley near Oberbuergen, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone,Urs Flueeler)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including snail massage, the biggest homemade telescope, and a drone-like TARDIS.

More stunning image galleries:

Typhoon Haiyan, Olympic spacewalk and Lady Gaga
Rare eclipse, Olympian rocket and singing mudskippers
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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