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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Bad moon rising
    A stork sleeps in a nest during a full moon near Warsaw, Poland. It's the first time we've seen a full moon on Friday 13th in June for almost 100 years. (Getty Images)
  • Prize moment
    First prize in the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards went to this image taken by Julio Lucas. (Julio Lucas)
  • Supersonic selfie
    A Dutch F-16 pilot took this self-portrait photo with a Boeing 787 on his left wing. (David Cenciotti)
  • Flare apparent
    A solar flare bursts from the Sun, in an image captured by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. (SDO/Nasa/Reuters)
  • Otter save!
    Arashi fends off a ball thrown by a sea lion during a World Cup show at the Aburatsubo Marine Park near Tokyo. (AP)
  • Just deserts
    The Egyptian desert and the Red Sea are captured in a photo tweeted by first-time astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the International Space Station (ISS). (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Vintage flypast
    Four World War II-era planes from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum sweep over the Texas Motor Speedway at Fort Worth before a race meet. (AP)
  • Monkey see, monkey view
    A black-tufted marmoset monkey sits on a ledge on Sugarloaf Mountain with a commanding view of Rio de Janeiro, as the city prepared for the World Cup. (Reuters)
  • Green waters
    A man swims in the algae-covered Han River in Wuhan, China. (China Daily/Reuters)
  • (AP Photo)
    A US Air Force Thunderbird takes in fuel from a KC-135 over West Virginia. (AP Photo)
The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including an enormous solar flare and an eerily green river.

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A brooding storm and a Super Earth

(Center for Astrophysics/Reuters)

(Center for Astrophysics/Reuters)

Roaring rockets and an Earth selfie

Roaring into space

Japan's H-IIA rocket lifts off from a space centre on the island of Tanegashima to deploy a new mapping satellite for surveying natural disaster damage. (AFP/Getty Images)

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



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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