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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • B of the Bang
    A new computer simulation, published in Nature, has recreated the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang. (AP Photo/Illustris Collaboration)
  • In bear-apy
    Mango, a 19-year-old Syrian brown bear, undergoing surgery to try to repair a slipped disc, at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv. (Reuters)
  • In a twist
    A tornado touches down in a field in Akron, Colorado during a severe weather outbreak. (AP Photo)
  • Ice scream
    Scorpions suspended in lollipops at a booth at the 2014 re:publica conference on digital society in Berlin, Germany. (Getty Images)
  • Choc stock
    Cocoa beans drying and fermenting in the outskirts of Guayaquil, Ecuador. They are developing the CCN51 variety of cocoa, a sour-tasting bean resistant to plagues. (Getty Images)
  • Milky way fingerprint
    A new image from the Planck space telescope reveals the magnetic field lines of our galaxy, allowing astronomers to better understand the process of star formation. (ESA)
  • Female first
    Lieutenants Maxine Stiles, Alexandra Olsson and Penny Thackray made history by becoming the first female submariners to serve in Britain’s Royal Navy. (PA)
  • Feather tracker
    Three young peregrine falcons receiving a band on each leg: one with a contact phone number; the other a visual identification band that can be read with binoculars. (AP Photo)
  • Blazing sky
    Clouds lit up by the setting sun at Mollymook Beach on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. (Reuters)
The most impressive images this week from science, tech and health, including the birth of the Universe, edible scorpions and a bear with a slipped disc.

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Amazing air displays and breathtaking nature

Up and under

Hungarian pilot Zoltan Veres flies under the oldest Hungarian bridge, the 'Lanchid' (Chain Bridge) with his 'MXS' type plane. (Getty Images)

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

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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