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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Slow crawl to the stars
    A Russian Soyuz-U booster carrying an unmanned cargo spacecraft Progress M-22M heads to the launchpad at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Rumble in the jungle
    Smoke billows from the summit of Mt Tungurahua in Ecuador, which began erupting this month. (Reuters)
  • Eye in the sky
    A drone quadcopter is released to monitor volcanic activity from Mt Sinabung. The Indonesian volcano recently killed 11 people on the island of Sumatra. (Reuters)
  • Heavy waters
    Waves crash against the Newhaven Lighthouse on the south coast of England, as the UK was battered by heavy storms. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Zapp app
    The charity Cancer Research UK unveiled its game Play To Cure: Genes In Space, which is the first app designed to unravel genetic data. (Cancer Research UK/PA)
  • Flying off the handler
    Grey-headed flying fox, or fruitbats, take flight at Centennial Park in Sydney. (AP)
  • Deep impact
    Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter discovered a crater left by an asteroid strike on the surface of the Red Planet. The crater is 30m (100 ft) wide. (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Chill start
    A man scrapes ice from a car in Slovenia, as the country shivered after freezing snow blizzards. (Reuters)
  • Shake a leg
    An elephant stretches during a census in the Tsavo West national park southeast of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. (Reuters)
The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including bats taking flight and a rocket heading for launch.

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A lion's check up and a brain sculpture

Leaping whales and fierce fossils

Slingshot drones and lab-grown bones

US Air Force’s 2013 best pics and lobster spring cleaning

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
 
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