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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Don’t have a cow
    Cattle appear unimpressed as Orbital's Antares rocket lifts off from Wallops Island, Virginia, carrying supplies for the International Space Station (ISS). (Eastern Shore News/AP)
  • Digital capital
    A high-definition view of the Houses of Parliament and London's River Thames, as featured in Google Maps’ new 3D images, created from 45-degree aerial cameras. (Google/PA)
  • Biplane dino
    A newly discovered feathered dinosaur, Changyuraptor yangi, may have had two sets of wings to help it glide, the Los Angeles Natural History Museum says. (Reuters)
  • Smoking slope
    A special firefighting helicopter climbs into the sky after dropping water on a fire near the Greek capital Athens. (Reuters)
  • Smart lens
    Google and Swiss firm Novartis announced they will join forces to develop a contact lens that can predict diabetes risk by monitoring glucose levels in eye fluids. (Skyscanner/PA)
  • Horror helmet
    A pilot’s helmet is displayed at a trade stand at the Farnborough Airshow, near London. The event is one of the world’s leading aviation industry showcases. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Clean scene
    A worker removes plastic bags over a dust screen covering construction waste from the building of a new power plant near Zhengzhou, Henan province. (Reuters)
  • Spooky profile
    A stork silhouetted against the Supermoon in Arriate, in the southern Spanish region of Malaga. The Moon appeared larger than usual due to its proximity to Earth. (Reuters)
The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, from a smart new contact lens to a four-winged dinosaur.

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Incredible lightning and a stranded whale

(Daniel Brenner, Gillette News Record/AP)

(Daniel Brenner, Gillette News Record/AP)

 Futuristic dancers and swirling stars

(Sebastian Guillermaz/APOTY)

(Sebastian Guillermaz/APOTY)

Sci-fi balloons and hungry whales

(AP)

(AP)

 

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

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)

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