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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Sartorial choice
    Nasa is asking the public to select which one of three options it should use for its prototype Z-2 spacesuit. (Nasa)
  • Launch time
    The Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft is transported from the assembling hangar to its launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome. (Reuters)
  • Bolt from the blue
    Sulphuric gases from the Kawah Ijen volcano in Banyuwangi regency, East Java province ignite into blue flames when they meet the air. (Getty Images)
  • Big smoke
    A hazy day in Hefei, Anhui province, China. The country’s pollution agency said high-polluting industries continue to put huge pressures on the environment. (Reuters)
  • Peek-a-boo
    Gentoo penguins at the start of their breeding seasons at the Sea Life London Aquarium. (PA Wire)
  • Medical first
    A 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands had the top section of her skull removed and replaced with a 3D printed implant. (UMC Utrecht)
  • Jet propulsion
    Scientists from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory fly over California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range in a de Havilland Twin Otter plane to measure the snowpack. (AP Photo)
  • Run to the sea
    Baby green turtles crawling to the sea after being hatched and released at a turtle sanctuary on Sukamade island in Indonesia. (AFP Photo)
  • High rise
    A technician from Abseilon USA cleaning more than 40 panes of glass underneath the horseshoe-shaped bridge at the Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona. (Reuters)
  • Off the radar
    Satellite communications company Inmarsat analysed the seven pings its satellite picked up from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to determine its final destination. (Reuters)
The most impressive images this week from science, tech and health, including a 3D skull transplant, rare volcanic eruptions and futuristic spacesuits.

To vote for your choice of Nasa’s Z-2 space suit click here.

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Blue diamond

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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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