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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Chilly peeper
    The Bicep2 telescope in Antarctica, which detected the first evidence of gravitational waves generated 13.8 billion years ago when the Universe first started to expand. (PA)
  • Spectre gadget
    A Phantom 2 drone takes flight during the fourth Intergalactic Meeting of Phantom's Pilots (MIPP) in Bois de Boulogne, in the French capital Paris. (Reuters)
  • Underwater find
    A sonogram image shows what could be the Panamanian freighter Beagle III in Tokyo. The ship sank this week after colliding with another vessel. (Japan Coast Guard/AFP)
  • Bot-icelli
    A sly-looking robot draws a picture at the Innorobo robotics fair in Lyon, south-eastern France. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Goose formation
    A huge flock of snow geese take off from Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City, Missouri. (Kansas City Star/AP)
  • Hazy fantasia
    The Oriental Pearl TV Tower seen in polluted skies from a nearby building in Shanghai’s Pudong district. Chinese cities continue to suffer poor levels of air quality. (Reuters)
  • Blue diamond
    Four F/A-18s of the US Navy Blue Angels display team perform a close-formation aerobatics stunt during an air show in El Centro, California. (Imperial Valley Press/AP)
  • Polar portrait
    A high-definition mosaic of the Moon’s north pole taken by Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The image shows an area a quarter of the size of the US. (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Winter winner
    This pony in a frozen landscape, shot by Dutch photographer Gert van den Bosch, won the Nature and Wildlife category in the Sony World Photography Awards. (Gert van den Bosch)
The most impressive images this week from the worlds of science and technology, including secrets lying within the ocean and at the dawn of the Universe.

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Sexy robots and an eerie whale

Sex machines

Two robots perform a cheeky pole dance on the eve of the CeBIT Technology Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany. (AFP/Getty Images)

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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