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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Foggy flyer
    A plane comes in to land at Heathrow Airport, west London, during heavy fog caused by pollution and dust blown up from the Sahara Desert. (PA)
  • Smoke screen
    South Korean landing craft sail through smoke screens during joint military exercises with the US, following a series of North Korean rocket and ballistic missile launches. (AP)
  • Winged wonder
    A morpho peleides butterfly perches on a child’s nose at the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • All aglow
    A visualisation of satellite data shows the US’s Mid West region boasts more photosynthetic activity during growing season than any other spot on Earth. (Reuters)
  • Eco genes
    Tomorrow’s cities could cut carbon footprints with trees made to glow by added genes from bioluminescent fungi, according to a report by engineering/design consultancy Arup. (PA)
  • Still searching
    A Royal Australian Air Force P-3C Orion aircraft searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, as officials warned bad weather was hampering the mission. (Reuters)
  • Digging deeper
    Archaeologists examine skeletons thought to be of Black Death plague victims found near Farringdon Station, London, during work on the Crossrail project. (Crossrail/PA)
  • Mixing it
    This image of salt water mixing with fresh water was one of the winners in the EPSRC’s science photography competition. (EPSRC/ Megan Davies Wykes)
  • Small-minded
    A cross section of a mouse brain shows axons (in green) connecting the somatosensory cortex to other regions. (Allen Institute for Brain Science/Reuters)
  • Mechanical kicks
    A robot demonstrates ball skills at this year’s RoboCup in Magdeburg, Germany. Forty-four teams from 12 countries are due to take part in various competitions. (AP)
The most impressive images this week from the worlds of science and technology, including fungi that glow in the dark and robots playing football.

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Space suit test and peeking penguins

Gentoo penguins at the start of their breeding seasons at the Sea Life London Aquarium. (PA Wire)

Ocean secrets and the dawn of the Universe

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)

Sexy robots and an eerie whale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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