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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Flare apparent
    Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured these six images of a X-class significant solar flare. Each is taken at a different light wavelength. (Nasa/SDO/Reuters)
  • Leopard’s leap
    A leopard runs across a construction site after being trapped in an apartment block in the north Indian city of Meerut. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Forest to farm
    An area of rainforest cleared to make way for a palm oil plantation observed during a Greenpeace survey mission over the Indonesian island of Borneo. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Light sky
    Onlookers enjoy the Aurora Borealis, which was visible in parts of the UK this week. (Tom White/PA)
  • Aerial sal
    F-18 Hornet jets streak past the Kuwait Towers during celebrations to mark the Gulf state’s 53rd anniversary and the 23rd since the end of the first Gulf War. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Shoot a birdie
    A snow egret seen near the sixth hole ahead of the Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National Resort and Spa near Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Getty Images)
  • Bridging two worlds
    George Davison Reid’s 1930 view of Tower Bridge is merged with a modern scene as part of an exhibit at the Museum of London. (GD Reid/Museum of London)
  • Train in vain
    A rail bridge, flooded after heavy rain caused the Madeira River in Bolovia’s Rondonia state to overflow. (Reuters)
  • Freeze art
    Objects such as dead insects are revealed in piles of dirty snow in Manhattan after it thawed. (Reuters)
The most stunning images from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a leopard’s daring escape and a scene with two very different Londons.

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Iced-up airliners and a violent Sun

Melting moment

An airport worker sprays de-icing liquid onto a Boeing 737m, as China shivers during snowy winter weather. (Reuters)

Dancing F-16s and a view of the Universe

Aerial dance

Two F-16s of the Singaporean Air Force display team the Black Knights, captured during a performance at the Singapore Airshow. (AP)

A rocket’s slow crawl and a spectacular volcano

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)

A lion's check up and a brain sculpture

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)

Leaping whales and fierce fossils

Roar power

A visitor looks at a display during a media preview of the "Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction" exhibition in Singapore. It features more than 400 fossils and models. (Getty Images)

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