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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Dummy run
    Human anatomy mannequins on display in Depok in Indonesia. The fibreglass models are used in hospitals, schools and laboratories. (Getty Images)
  • Frightening strike
    Forked lightning is seen above Archer City, Texas, as storms passed across the state. A series of tornadoes are predicted to hit southern states in the coming days. (Reuters)
  • Eat my dust
    A heavily loaded motorcycle and car on a road choked by dust in Hami, in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Dust storms closed train lines and roads this week. (Reuters)
  • Letter bomb
    A plane flies over the east Ukrainian city of Sloviansk, above leaflets dropped earlier by helicopter amid a standoff between militants and government forces. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Trunk road
    An elephant is led along the roadside near the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. Elephant numbers have fallen by some 50% there recently due to habitat loss. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Bubble trouble
    An Indian man washes himself amid industrial effluent in the River Yamuna, New Delhi. (AP)
  • Let’s get ready to rumble
    A storm chaser takes photographs of a looming supercell storm system in Vinson, Oklahoma. (Reuters)
  • Arms project
    Senior engineer Kapil Katyal tests a prosthetic hand at the Pentagon’s Darpa agency in Washington DC. (Reuters)
The most impressive images this week from science, tech and health, including spectacular Texan lightning and a Chinese dust storm.

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Plane trails and tadpole stars

Sky lines

Contrails from jets flying overhead form a backdrop behind the National Museum of Art in Washington DC. (AP)

Volcanic plumes and home-made tanks

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)

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

Peek-a-boo

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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