BBC Future

The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Thunderbirds are go!
    The US Air Force has released its best pictures of 2013, including this photo of one of the Thunderbirds’ display team’s Lockheed F-16s flying in close formation. (USAF/Rex)
  • Arctic landscape
    Sundogs caught on Highway 83 near Bismarck, North Dakota; rings of light around the Sun caused by light refracted through ice crystals. (Brian Peterson, The Star Tribune/AP)
  • Rolling thunder
    The Indonesian volcano Mt Sinabung mount spews ash and lava during an eruption above the town of Karo, North Sumatra. Some 20,000 people have had to be moved. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Twin tragedy
    Two conjoined gray whale calves found dead on a beach in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon on Mexico’s Baja peninsula. They were joined at the waist, with separate heads and tailfins. (AP)
  • Freezy rider
    A horse-drawn carriage travels across the frozen Songhua River in the northern Chinese city of Harbin. (Reuters)
  • Sweet sensation
    A piece of 3D-printed candy unveiled at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The ChefJet Pro 3D food printer prints single-flavour sweets and sells for $10,000. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Sweeping with the fishes
    A mischievous lobster steals a brush used for cleaning tanks at the Sea Life Aquarium in London, during the aquarium's annual clean. (Sea Life Aquarium/PA)
  • Brothers and transistors
    The Murata Girl and Boy robots are shown at the company’s booth at the CES tech show in Las Vegas. More than 3,200 exhibitors have taken part in this year’s show. (Getty Images)
  • Raining grains
    An Indian worker throws grains of rice to get rid of dust. Last year, India produced more than 104m tonnes of rice in the crop year, more than enough to feed itself. (Reuters)
  • Streak show
    A shooting star is captured during the annual Quadrantid meteor shower in Qingdao in China's Shandong province. (Reuters)
The most stunning images from the world of science and technology this week, including a gem from the US Air Force’s 2013 best-ofs and a lobster joining in some spring cleaning.

More stunning image galleries:

A limb transplant and the end of the line for classic van

Coldest place on Earth and ancient lakes on Mars

Comet fly-bys, China in space and Amazon drones

Robot companions and award-winning views of Shanghai

A storm of starlings and a Saturnine portrait

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

If you would like to comment on this slideshow or anything else you have seen on Future, head over to our Facebook or Google+ page, or message us on Twitter.