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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Cosmic ocean
    Scientists believe Saturn's moon Enceladus may hide a sea beneath its icy surface (Nasa/JPL-Caltech/SSI/PA Wire)
  • Size matters
    A 1cm-wide poison dart frog is measured at the Sealife London Aquarium as part of an annual health check of all their 6,600 animals (Mikael Buck/Sealife London Aquarium/PA Wire)
  • Draining work
    A 100-year-old water main bursts in Los Angeles, flooding parts of the UCLA campus and surrounding streets (Reuters/Jonathan Alcorn)
  • Smoking habit
    British aerobatic display team The Red Arrows perform over the seafront at Seaburn, as part of the Sunderland International Airshow (Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
  • Hitchhiking 2.0
    A robot named hitchBOT sits on Highway 102 in Canada, as part of a social experiment to see if drivers will carry it safely to Victoria, British Columbia (Reuters/Paul Darrow)
  • Out-of-this-world record
    Nasa's Mars rover Opportunity has set a new off-Earth, off-road distance record, logging over 25 miles (40 km) (Reuters/Nasa/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State University)
  • Polar taxi
    Employees carry a statue prepared by taxidermists of the late polar bear, Knut, in Berlin's Museum of Natural Science, Germany (EPA/Daniel Bockwoldt)
  • Two bee or not two bee?
    One of a pair of bee-eaters currently nesting in the UK – only the third successful breeding attempt in the British Isles in the last century (Andy Butler/National Trust/PA Wire)
  • Wet forecast
    A colour-enhanced satellite image of water vapour above Earth. Simulations predict that concentrations of water vapour will rise as the climate warms (Nasa/PA Wire)
  • Plastic supporters
    A struggling Korean baseball team has invented a novel way to improve atmosphere at their matches – by bringing in a crowd of robot fans (Hanwha Eagles)
The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a hitch-hiking robot and a record-breaking Mars rover.

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A world’s-first hologram and outer space veg

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Stork silhouette and a four-winged dinosaur

(Reuters)

(Reuters)

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)

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