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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Up and under
    Hungarian pilot Zoltan Veres flies under the oldest Hungarian bridge, the 'Lanchid' (Chain Bridge) with his 'MXS' type plane. (Getty Images)
  • Blazing field
    A small group of trees stand in a yellow blooming rape field near Muencheberg, eastern Germany. (AP Photo)
  • Take the plunge
    Diver Alex Smedley checks the underwater parts of a weir on the river Mole near Esher, Surrey for flood damage, on behalf of the Environment Agency. (PA Wire)
  • Dotty vision
    A visitor stands in front of QR-code information panels in central Moscow. (Reuters)
  • Feline playful
    A white Bengal female tiger frolics with her three cubs, who were born in captivity, at the Huachipa's zoo in Lima, Peru. (Getty Images)
  • Storm brewing
    A low-level supercell thunderstorm passes over the area of Hampton, Arkansas (Reuters)
  • Say ah...
    A nurse gives the rotavirus vaccine to a baby during a vaccination programme against rotavirus in Haiti. (Getty Images)
  • Green scene
    Wind turbines seen in the distance beyond hills, blackened by the Silver Fire near Banning, California. (Reuters)
  • Turtle-y awesome
    A man holds a turtle caught up in a fisherman’s net, on the shore of Lake Nicaragua. (Getty Images)
  • Air supply
    Afghan labourer Qayyum, 35, fills oxygen tanks used for medical purposes at the Fazaay Balkh (Balkh Space) oxygen pump station in Mazar-i-Sharif. (Getty Images)
The most impressive images this week from science, tech and health, including amazing air displays and nature at its most breathtaking.

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Frightening lightning and dust storms

Dummy run

Human anatomy mannequins on display in Depok in Indonesia. The fibreglass models are used in hospitals, schools and laboratories. (Getty Images)

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


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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