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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Double trouble
    Two tornadoes touch down near Pilger, Nebraska. One person was killed and at least 16 injured during tornado strikes this week. (Dustin Wilcox, TwisterChasers/Reuters)
  • Cold War echoes
    An RAF Typhoon and a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fly in close formation over the Baltic Sea. Nato jets intercepted a formation of Russian planes over the sea this week. (RAF/MoD/PA)
  • Cooler shaker
    A boy plunges his head into water to cool off during stifling temperatures in Manawala village on the outskirts of Amritsar, India. (Reuters)
  • Arm of the future
    An employee of Kawasaki City in Japan demonstrates the new robotic suit built by tech firm Cyberdine. The city is behind a new scheme to boost robot technology. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Tiny terror
    A baby poison dart frog – used to create the deadly toxin used by Amazonian tribesman – became the first of its species to be born at London Aquarium. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Taking shape
    The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth under construction in the Scottish port of Rosyth. It is due to enter service in 2020. (Getty Images)
  • Brass neck
    US president Barack Obama talks with robot-maker Lindsay Lawlor in front of his robot giraffe invention at a science fair at the White House. (Getty Images)
  • Suited for space
    Nasa ER-2 pilot Stu Broce sits in a pressurized flight suit before piloting an ER-2 high-altitude plane on an eight-hour mission. (Woody Marshall, The Macon Telegraph/AP)
  • Grass masks
    A trio of women walk across a paddy field in Srinagar, India. Low rainfall has helped push up food prices due to a poor harvest. (Reuters)
  • Out of this World Cup
    Nasa astronauts Reid Wiseman, Steve Swanson and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst take a break to watch a 2014 World Cup match on board the International Space Station. (Nasa/AP)
The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a robot giraffe and a double tornado.

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Supersonic selfie and eerie rivers

(David Cenciotti)

(David Cenciotti)

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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