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The best science and technology pictures of the week

  • Prism break
    Physics professor Dr Dan Bruton surrounded by refracted light during a demonstration at Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. (The Daily Sentinal/AP)
  • Streaky shot
    A phalanx of photographers are pictured as the SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from Cape Canaveral, carrying an Asiasat-8 spacecraft to relay TV and broadband signals. (Florida Today/AP)
  • Powerful portrait
    A photo of a Eurofighter by Dylan Eklund is one of the contenders for the People’s Choice award by the RAF, voted for by members of the public. (Dylan Eklund/MoD/PA)
  • We have contact
    An artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying lander Philae on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta made contact after a 10-year chase. (ATG Medialab/Reuters)
  • Cloudburst
    Thunderstorms dump rain over the mountains near Eagle Nest in New Mexico. Much of the state had flood warnings after a deluge. (AP)
  • Swiss roll
    The pilots of the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team perform during the rollout of a new business jet by the Swiss planemaker Pilatus in the town of Buochs. (Reuters)
  • Rumbling red
    A view of the Tungurahua volcano in the Cordillera Oriental of Ecuador, taken from the village of Huambalo. The volcano has recently reawakened, spewing gas and lava. (EPA)
  • Bavarian bow
    A rainbow appears over the Hohes Goell and Schneibstein mountains in Bavaria during summer sunshine. (Reuters)
  • Oil be back
    A keeper sprinkles coconut oil on orphaned elephants at an orphanage near Nairobi, Kenya. The elephants are kept here until they are about 10 years old. (Reuters)
The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including Rosetta’s close encounter with a comet and a menacing volcano.

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A tiny frog and a hitching robot

(Sealife London Aquarium/PA)

(Sealife London Aquarium/PA)

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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