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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • In formation
    Scientists think they know why birds fly in a V formation: they position themselves and time their wing beats so perfectly that they minimize their energy use. (PA Wire)
  • Illuminating moment
    Lightning flashes over the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill in Rio de Janeiro. (Getty Images)
  • Dirt track
    A villager rides a motorcycle through a road covered with mud from a Mount Sinabung eruption in Indonesia's North Sumatra province. (Reuters)
  • Grow your own
    Belgian medical researchers at Brussels' Saint Luc Hospital with a piece of a three-dimensional bone structure obtained from adipose stem cells from a patient (Reuters)
  • Going aerial
    A water bomber sprays a large fire burning throughout Victoria's Grampians region in Australia. (AP)
  • Light tracker
    A golden mantella frog at Chester Zoo, Chester, is implanted with a fluorescent silicone gel on its leg, which allows keepers to identify individuals in their group (PA Wire)
  • In the mist
    The Statue of Liberty stands above the fog in New York. (AP Photo)
  • Sling shot
    A test drone launched by catapult on a ranch near Sarita, Texas. Texas A&M Corpus Christi researchers are testing how drones can be integrated into existing airspace. (AP Photo)
  • Swan lake
    Swans swim near riverside properties partially submerged in floodwaters at Henley-on-Thames in southern England. (Reuters)
  • Streaming out
    Japanese Ground Self Defense forces' airbourne troop personnel dive from a C1 transport plane during the new year exercise in Narashino, suburban Tokyo. (Getty Images)
The most stunning images from science and technology this week, from slingshot drones to lab-grown bones.

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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
 
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