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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Get off of my cloud
    Over three days the Grand Canyon witnessed rare total cloud inversions – where cooled air warms up again as it rises in the sky, trapping clouds beneath it. (Rex Features)
  • Learning to fly
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said it had been working on a project aimed at delivering packages to your doorstep by "octocopter" mini-drones in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)
  • Up, up and away
    A Chinese boy rides a zero gravity device at the Science Museum as people eagerly awaited the launch of the country's first lunar rover mission. (Getty Images)
  • Rocket, man
    Here’s what all eyes were on: the Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-3 lunar probe at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Liangshan, Sichuan province. (Reuters)
  • Happy birthday
    A couple in Sacramento, US had identical triplets conceived without fertility drugs. The odds of this happening may be as high as "one in a million", said doctors. (Rex)
  • Smoke gets in your eyes
    A man flies a kite at The Bund in Shanghai, China, as heavy smog continued to hit northern and eastern parts of China. (Getty Images)
  • Little wing
    A volunteer looks after one of 150 abandoned and endangered African penguin chicks at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds in Cape Town. (AFP)
  • Dancing in the dark
    Nasa's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has identified what appears to be a new example of a dancing black hole duo, located about 3.8 billion light-years from Earth. (Nasa)
  • Surf’s up
    A newborn turtle heads for the sea in Sauipe Beach, Bahia, Brazil. The Tamar project works to protect this endangered species along the coast. (Getty Images)
  • Higher than the sun
    Time-lapse image shows Comet Ison moving towards the Sun (bottom) and getting fainter and fainter moving out (top). Scientists continue to work out the fate of the comet. (Nasa)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including comet fly-bys, China in space and Amazon deliveries by drone.

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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 toothy 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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