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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Heavens sent
    An Orthodox priest performs a blessing in front of the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Reuters)
  • Car's the star
    Google’s prototype autonomous car was unveiled in California this week. It will have no steering wheel, or pedals, but will feature start and stop buttons. (Google/Reuters)
  • Planet mapper
    A rocket carrying the Daichi-2, an all-purpose Earth-surveying satellite that will help with disaster recovery, takes off from the Japanese island of Tanegashima. (Reuters)
  • Sports streakers
    Fans watch as four L-39 Albatros jet trainer aircraft flown by the Black Diamond Jet Team roar over the Indy 500 motor-racing event in Indianapolis. (AP)
  • Say cheese
    Nasa produced this ‘global selfie’, a 3.2-billion-pixel portrait made up of more than 36,000 individual photos sent in by people around the world. (Nasa/JPL-Caltech/NOAA)
  • Prints charming
    Intel's Jimmy the Robot is a walking, talking robot made from 3D-printed parts. The kit requires self-assembly and costs $1,600. (Intel/Reuters)
  • Dental as anything
    A young Sumatran orangutan opens his mouth for keepers examining his teeth at Chester Zoo, United Kingdom. (Chester Zoo/PA)
  • Out-of-this-world Cup
    The National Stadium in Brasilia is captured by an Airbus satellite ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. (CNES 2014/AFP)
  • Express baggage
    He Liang rides a suitcase scooter on a street in Changsha in China. He spent 10 years creating the motor-driven vehicle, capable of speeds of up to 20km/h. (Reuters)
The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, from a suitcase turned into a scooter to Google's new robot vehicle.

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Chinese lightning and rocking robots

The bright stuff

Lightning arcs across the sky during a storm in Guangzhou, Guangdong province in China. (Reuters)

Fire bombing and huggy bears

Huggy bears

Two brown bears embrace inside an enclosure at a bear park in Zarnesti, central Romania. The bears are some of many rescued from roadside stalls or restaurants. (Reuters)

Blazing skies and moody twisters

Blazing sky

Clouds lit up by the setting sun at Mollymook Beach on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. (Reuters)

Amazing air displays and breathtaking nature

flight

flight

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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