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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Gently does it
    Chinese farmer Jian Lin negotiates a path in his home-built tank in Mianzhu, Sichuan province. The vehicle weighs three tonnes and cost more than $6,000 to make. (Reuters)
  • Tropical thunder
    Ash rises into the sky from Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano near Banos, south of the capital Quito. The volcano has been classified as active since 1999. (Reuters)
  • Dark side of the Moon
    Nasa’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (Ladee) orbiting the Moon; the spacecraft may not survive the freezing temperatures from a forthcoming lunar eclipse. (Nasa)
  • Top Gun moment
    Two F-16s of the US Air Force Thunderbirds display team perform a hair-raising manoeuvre during an airshow at the Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Missouri. (
  • Left behind
    A 3D scan of a human skull shows a tool left behind during the mummification process; the 3D modelling software used was originally created to aid car design. (British Museum/PA)
  • Chrome sweet chrome
    A World War 2-era Boeing B-17 bomber is polished by a volunteer at a hangar in Ypsilant, Michigan. (Detroit News/AP)
  • Turtle-y awesome
    One of the winning pics in this year’s Smithsonian Photo Contest, this turtle was snapped by Christopher Doherty at a dive site off Hawaii. (Christopher Doherty/
  • Sunrise script
    … while Willie Huang took this pic of a sunrise over ancient rock engravings near the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. (Willie Huang/
The most impressive images this week from science, tech and health, including a Chinese farmer’s home-built tank and an impressive eruption from Ecuador.

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Foggy landings and robot tackles

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)

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

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)

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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