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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Fog of shore
    Mist rises off Lake Michigan near the centre of Chicago, as the US Midwest shivered in the latest round of subzero weather. (Reuters)
  • Feline canines
    A Kenya Wildlife Service team take measurements of a male lion’s teeth while they prepare to fit the animal with a GPS tracking collar in Nairobi National Park. (AP)
  • Frame of mind
    Scottish artist Angela Palmer poses for a picture behind the sculpture Brain of the Artist, which she created using medical scans of her own brain. (Getty Images)
  • Leap in the dark
    A paradise tree snake leaps through the air; a study found the snake splays its ribs and undulates when airborne, allowing it to "fly" from tree to tree. (Virginia Tech/Reuters)
  • Cold flap
    A cardinal bird sits on a fencepost in Greer, South Carolina, during the state’s first snowfall of the year. (AP)
  • Meet the ancestor
    Experts say they were astonished to find a combination of African and European genes in a 7,000-year-old skeleton found in north-west Spain. (JM Vidal Encina/PA)
  • Generation gain
    A mouse embryo formed through a new method of generating stem cells by shocking blood cells with acid. (Riken Center/Reuters)
  • Red planet?
    This view of farmland northwest of the Australian city of Melbourne shows small dams in dry paddocks; the continent suffered its hottest year on record in 2013. (Reuters)
  • Space-based sniffer
    A Nasa artist’s rendering shows the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, due to launch this year and monitor levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. (Nasa/AFP)
Some of the most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a brain sculpture and close encounter with a lion’s jaw.

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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
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