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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Joint procedure
    Chinese doctors kept Xie Wei’s severed hand alive by grafting it to his ankle, before managing to replant the hand back on his arm. (Getty Images)
  • Moon landing
    The giant screen at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows the Chang'e 3 probe on the Moon, taken by the country's first lunar rover, Yutu. (Reuters)
  • Wired up
    Electrodes on Swiss adventurer and pilot Bertrand Piccard’s head before a non-stop 72 hours simulation test flight inside the sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse. (Getty Images)
  • Final trip
    After 64 years, Volkswagen announced it will finally stop producing the VW camper in Brazil, the last country in the world to manufacture the van. (Getty Images)
  • Micro monster
    Dr Igor Siwanowicz’s image of a single-cell fresh water algae (desmids) won third prize in the Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition (Igor Siwanowicz)
  • Towering inferno
    Smoke rises from the unfinished Jianye Building in Guangzhou, China. (Getty Images)
  • Like a rainbow
    Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the wide range of wavelengths – invisible to the naked eye – that the telescope can view. (Nasa)
  • Feeding time
    Baby red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus) fed during its recovery at the Santa Fe zoo, in Medellin, Colombia. (Getty Images)
  • Mountain view
    Sun sets behind the Breitenberg and Aggenstein mountains in southern Germany. (Getty Images)
  • Ho ho ho
    Santa Claus lego at a mall in Surabaya, Indonesia, the perfect way to send well-wishes to all our readers over the holiday period. (Getty Images)
The most impressive pictures from the last seven days, including limb transplants, space firsts and the end of the line for a much-loved car.

To see all the winners of the 2013 Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition, click here.

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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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