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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Into the blue
    The World View Voyager, which aims to take a crew in a pressurised cabin to the edge of space, completed its first scale test flight. (World View Enterprises/AP)
  • Sub club
    A new diesel-electric attack submarine, the Rostov-on-Don, was launched in Russia. It boasts stealth technology which makes it almost undetectable underwater. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Too human?
    Japanese news announcer Aki Nakata (l) with a humanoid robot named Kodomoroid, which scientists have claimed will be the world’s first news-reading android. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Diamond fliers
    Nine F-16 fighters of the Danish Air Force fly in close formation during an air show at Karup Airfield. (Reuters)
  • Phantom isle
    According to Nasa a mysterious feature it dubbed a ‘magic island’ briefly appeared on Saturn’s largest moon Titan. (JPL-Caltech/Nasa/PA)
  • Shout therapy
    A recovering drug addict at the Shiliping compulsory drug rehabilitation centre in Longyo, China, screams at a machine to vent his anger during a psychiatric session. (Reuters)
  • Snow small feat
    Hikers walk past a massive wall of ice that has been cleared from a trail near Whistler, Canada. (Jonathan Hayward, Canadian Press/AP)
  • Martian selfie
    Nasa's Mars Curiosity rover completed its first Martian year - 687 Earth days - on the planet. To celebrate Nasa released this selfie. (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Catch of the day
    A beluga whale poised for a fishy treat at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada. (Darryl Dick, The Canadian Press/AP)
The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a selfie from Mars and scream therapy for recovering drug addicts.

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Robot giraffe and double tornado

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

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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