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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Sex machines
    Two robots perform a cheeky pole dance on the eve of the CeBIT Technology Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Up, up and Awacs
    A Nato Awacs airborne radar aircraft takes off from an airbase in Geilenkirchen, Germany to patrol over Romania and Poland. (AP)
  • Alien monster?
    A close-up image of a tiny zebrafish embyo – scanned with an electron microscope – is one of the winning images in the Wellcome Image Awards 2014. (Wellcome)
  • Valley of bones
    A skeleton of a Humpback whale seen near Antarctica’s Comandante Ferraz base; it was placed there by Jacques Cousteau in 1972 in an anti-whaling protest. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Touch of the vapours
    A customer tests e-cigarette liquids during the first international fair for makers of the tobacco replacement. (Reuters)
  • Strangers in the city
    Members of Brazil’s Pataxo tribe gather in the capital Brasilia, amid a summit to try to deal with health issues and conflicts between tribes and farmers. (Reuters)
  • Brainbow
    This photo, called The Jigsaw Brain, shows the human brain split into 1,000 pieces. It’s part of an exhibit to open up scientific study to the public. (University of Cambridge/PA)
  • Ashen remains
    A small dam stands out in a paddock left blackened by fire on the outskirts of Melbourne. Australia has been subjected to prolonged dry weather this summer. (Reuters)
  • Crater mass
    A colour mosaic of the planet Mercury, created from the Nasa spacecraft Messenger, which has been orbiting the planet for two years. (Nasa/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Hitting the bottle
    One of four newborn, orphaned fox cubs found in Scotland is nursed by vets at a wildlife rescue centre in Fishcross, Clackmannanshire. (Scottish SPCA/PA)
The most impressive images this week from the worlds of science and technology, including a magnified zebrafish embryo and some rather cheeky robots.

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Aurora mission and frozen falls

Awesome aurora 2

A Nasa rocket is launched into an aurora over the Alaskan village of Venetie. The rocket’s mission was to investigate “curls” – patterns showing magnetic activity. (Nasa/Reuters)

Leopard escape and London time travel

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)

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)

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