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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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