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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Riot of colour
    A geomagnetic storm causes spectacular colours in the sky over the Denali National Park in Alaska. (US Dept of Interior)
  • A speck in the blue
    A cargo ship cruising through the Salish Sea near Port Renfrew on Canada’s Pacific coast, seen from a flight monitoring pollutions such as oil spills. (Canadian Press/AP)
  • Melting moment
    An airport worker sprays de-icing liquid onto a Boeing 737m, as China shivers during snowy winter weather. (Reuters)
  • Magnetic attractions
    Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory’s ultraviolet image of the Sun’s coronal loops, which are found around sunspots and in active regions. (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Wild night
    A camel sits near the launch site of a Russian-built Proton-M rocket carrying a Turkish satellite at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Hazy phase
    A man sits on the 70th floor of a skyscraper in Guangzhou, China, amid heavy air pollution. City chiefs are considering limiting car travel to curb smog. (Reuters)
  • Lizard of Oz
    A botched blue-tongue lizard licks one of its offspring as it is unveiled for the first time by the Wild Life Sydney Zoo. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Stuck on you
    A microscopic view of self-cleaning adhesive tape inspired by gecko’s feet; which can stick to dusty surfaces. (Michael Rohrig/PA)
  • Farm hand droid
    A feeding robot pushes fodder to dairy cows on a farm in western France. The automaton is controlled by the farmer from a tablet while he sits at home. (AFP/Getty Images)
The most stunning science and technology pictures of the week, including iced-up airliners and violent activity on the Sun.

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