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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Life aquatic
    Fabien Cousteau – grandson of explorer Jacques – pictured during his record-setting 31-day stay in a building 60 feet under the water off the Florida coast. (Mission Blue/Reuters)
  • Jungle rescue
    Indian wildlife officers treat an injured wild elephant in the Taipu forest near Siliguri. The animal was tranquilised and successfully given medical attention. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Eye on the storm
    Tropical Storm Arthur travels up the US east coast in this image from the International Space Station (ISS). The storm hit land for the 4th of July holiday. (NOAA/Getty Images)
  • Daylight strike
    A lightning flash over New York’s East River, as Tropical Storm Arthur approached the US east coast. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Robo boppers
    Dancers dressed as futuristic characters at Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant, where performers join remote-controlled androids for daily cabaret shows. (Getty Images)
  • Whiskery pair
    Walrus Dyna next to her new offspring, who was born last month at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Starry trails
    Star Trails on the Beach by Sebastian Guillermaz (Argentina) is one of the shortlisted images in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 contest. (Sebastian Guillermaz/APOTY)
  • Aurora explorer
    Cave With Aurora Skylight by Ingolfur Bjargmundsson (Iceland) is another shortlisted image, taken in a lava cave in Iceland. (Ingolfur Bjargmundsson/APOTY)
The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, from a lightning strike in New York to an underwater record breaker.

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Robot giraffe and double tornado

(Getty Images)

Supersonic selfie and eerie rivers

(David Cenciotti)

A brooding storm and a Super Earth

(Center for Astrophysics/Reuters)

Roaring rockets and an Earth selfie

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

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

Fire bombing and 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

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

Contrails from jets flying overhead form a backdrop behind the National Museum of Art in Washington DC. (AP)

Volcanic plumes and home-made tanks

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

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)

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