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Yearend 2015

Science and Technology
A collection of our top pictures from science and technology.
JAPAN-BANK/ROBOT
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April 13, 2015
A "Nao" humanoid robot by Aldebaran Robotics sits in a corner while its batteries are being charged during...
Tokyo, Japan
"Nao" humanoid robot that offers basic service information charges its batteries at MUFG branch in Tokyo...
A "Nao" humanoid robot by Aldebaran Robotics sits in a corner while its batteries are being charged during a presentation at a branch of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) in Tokyo April 13, 2015. Upon request by a customer, the robot offers basic information about banking services in Japanese, English and Chinese at a MUFG branch in Tokyo, a spokesperson of the bank said. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

SOLAR-PLANE/
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March 29, 2015
The Solar Impulse 2 is seen taking off at the Mandalay international airport March 30, 2015. Pilots Bertrand...
MANDALAY, Myanmar
The Solar Impulse 2 is seen taking off at the Mandalay international airport
The Solar Impulse 2 is seen taking off at the Mandalay international airport March 30, 2015. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will take turns at the controls of Solar Impulse 2, which began its journey in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on March 9, as it makes its way in the first round-the-world solar-powered flight in about 25 flight days at speeds of between 50 kph and 100 kph (30 mph to 60 mph). Picture taken with slow shutter speed. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
FRANCE-VIOLIN/
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September 11, 2015
French engineer and professional violinist Laurent Bernadac plays the "3Dvarius", a 3D printed violin...
Paris, France
French engineer and professional violinist Laurent Bernadac plays a 3D printed violin in Paris
French engineer and professional violinist Laurent Bernadac plays the "3Dvarius", a 3D printed violin made of transparent resin, during an interview with Reuters in Paris, France, September 11, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
FRANCE-GAMES/
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October 28, 2015
A visitor plays a game on a PlayStation VR at the Paris Games Week, a trade fair for video games in Paris,...
Paris, France
A visitor plays a game on a PlayStation VR at the Paris Games Week, a trade fair for video games in Paris...
A visitor plays a game on a PlayStation VR at the Paris Games Week, a trade fair for video games in Paris, France, October 28, 2015. Paris Games week will run from October 28 to November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
AUSTRIA-SPACE SIMULATION/
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August 07, 2015
Inigo Munoz Elorza of Spain and Stefan Dobrovolny of Austria (R) take stone samples during a simulated...
Kaunertal, Austria
Elorza of Spain and Dobrovolny of Austria take stone samples during a simulated Mars mission on Tyrolean...
Inigo Munoz Elorza of Spain and Stefan Dobrovolny of Austria (R) take stone samples during a simulated Mars mission on Tyrolean glaciers in Kaunertal, Austria, August 7, 2015. The Austrian Space Forum is sending some of its researchers to practice weight-less walking in spacesuits on a glacier which resembles the terrain on Mars. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ESTONIA-SCIENCE/
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January 31, 2015
Mother-to-be Maarja Lants looks at a three-dimensional (3D) print model of her unborn baby in Tallinn...
Tallinn, Estonia
Mother-to-be Maarja Lants looks at a 3D print model of her unborn baby in Tallinn
Mother-to-be Maarja Lants looks at a three-dimensional (3D) print model of her unborn baby in Tallinn January 28, 2015. An Estonian 3D technology company has found a way to make pregnancy more exciting, giving parents and loved ones the opportunity to touch their baby before it is even born by printing out 3D foetus models. Picture taken January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (ESTONIA - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SPACE-LAUNCH/MILITARY
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January 21, 2015
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida,...
Cape Canaveral, UNITED STATES
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, January 20, 2015. The unmanned rocket blasted off with a next-generation communications satellite designed to provide cellular-like voice and data services to U.S. military forces around the world. Picture taken using long exposure, looking over the campus of Florida Institute of Technologies in Melbourne, about 40 miles from the launch pad. REUTERS/Michael Brown (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
APPLE-IPHONE/
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September 25, 2015
Lucy Kelly is seen on a screen attached to a 'telepresence robot', which she used to purchase her iPhone...
Sydney, Australia
Lucy Kelly is seen on a screen attached to a 'telepresence robot', which she used to purchase her iPhone...
Lucy Kelly is seen on a screen attached to a 'telepresence robot', which she used to purchase her iPhone 6s during the official launch at the Apple store in central Sydney, Australia, September 25, 2015. The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus arrive in stores and at consumers' doorsteps on Friday, kicking off a sales cycle that will be scrutinized for signs of how much juice Apple's marquee product has left. Apple has a tough act to follow after the success of the iPhone 6, but sales are expected to benefit this year from the inclusion of the Chinese market, where the gadget's debut was delayed in 2014 due to regulatory issues. REUTERS/David Gray
BELGIUM-CHOCOLATE/SNORTING
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February 06, 2015
Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone snorts cocoa powder off his Chocolate Shooter in his factory in...
Bruges, Belgium
Belgian chocolatier Persoone snorts cocoa powder off his Chocolate Shooter in his factory in Bruges
Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone snorts cocoa powder off his Chocolate Shooter in his factory in Bruges, February 3, 2015. When Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone created a chocolate-sniffing device for a Rolling Stones party in 2007, he never imagined demand would stretch much beyond the rock 'n' roll scene. But, seven years later, he has sold 25,000 of them. Inspired by a device his grandfather used to propel tobacco snuff up his nose, Persoone created a 'Chocolate Shooter' to deliver a hit of Dominican Republic or Peruvian cocoa powder, mixed with mint and either ginger or raspberry. Picture taken on February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: FOOD SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SOLAR-PLANE/JAPAN
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June 01, 2015
The Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane, circles above Nagoya airport in Japan before a planned landing,...
Nagoya, Japan
Solar Impulse 2, solar powered plane, circles above Nagoya airport in Japan
The Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane, circles above Nagoya airport in Japan before a planned landing, June 1, 2015. The solar-powered plane attempting a round-the-world flight will cut short the seventh leg of its 35,000-km global (22,000-mile) journey, landing in Nagoya, western Japan, due to bad weather. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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USA-BUSINESS/
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January 06, 2015
A man shakes hands with a robotic prosthetic hand in the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics...
Las Vegas, UNITED STATES
A man shakes hands with a robotic prosthetic hand in the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics...
A man shakes hands with a robotic prosthetic hand in the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
USA-GOOGLE CAR
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September 29, 2015
A prototype of Google's own self-driving vehicle is seen during a media preview of Google's current autonomous...
Mountain View, UNITED STATES
A prototype of Google's own self-driving vehicle is seen during a media preview of Google's current autonomous...
A prototype of Google's own self-driving vehicle is seen during a media preview of Google's current autonomous vehicles in Mountain View, California September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SPACE-MARS/
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November 05, 2015
Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA headquarters (L) and Bruce Jakosky,...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Meyer and Jakosky discuss key science findings from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a...
Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA headquarters (L) and Bruce Jakosky, Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) principal investigator, discuss key science findings from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at NASA headquarters in Washington November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
JAPAN-YAMAHA/ROBOTBIKE
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November 02, 2015
Yamaha Motor Co Ltd displays the company's prototype model of a motorcycle riding robot 'MOTOBOT Ver....
Tokyo, Japan
Yamaha Motor Co Ltd displays the company's prototype model of a motorcycle riding robot 'MOTOBOT Ver....
Yamaha Motor Co Ltd displays the company's prototype model of a motorcycle riding robot 'MOTOBOT Ver. 1' at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan, November 2, 2015. Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha Motor showcased an autonomous 'robot motorcycle' at the motor show, where visitors stopped in their tracks to get a photo of the blue, sleek robot sitting on an equally sleek sports bike. The humanoid robot called 'MOTOBOT Ver. 1' can analyse its location and route through a global positioning system (GPS) via satellite. It can travel as fast as 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles), and has two small protracted assist wheels either side to help keep its balance when riding at slower speeds of around 5 kilometers per hour. Yamaha says Motobot combines Yamaha's motorcycle and robotics technology. REUTERS/Issei Kato TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SINGAPORE-TECHNOLOGY/
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March 10, 2015
A visitor puts on "Truth?", a pair of goggles made by students from Keio University in Japan, that projects...
Singapore, Singapore
Visitor tries on Truth goggles during a design competition showcase of wearable technology in Singapore...
A visitor puts on "Truth?", a pair of goggles made by students from Keio University in Japan, that projects the "true emotions" of a person by monitoring the patterns of his or her heartbeat, during a design competition showcase of wearable technology at the Augmented Human International Conference in Singapore March 10, 2015. The conference runs from March 9 to 11. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS)
FACE TRANSPLANT-NEWYORK/
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November 16, 2015
Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone...
New York, UNITED STATES
Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez holds news conference to announce successful face transplant operation at NYU...
Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, the Helen L. Kimmel Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center holds a news conference to announce the successful completion of the most extensive face transplant to date in the Manhattan borough of New York City, November 16, 2015. Dr. Rodriguez led the surgical team on 41-year-old Patrick Hardison, a firefighter from Senatobia, Misissippi who's face was badly burned in 2001. More than 100 doctors and support staff took part in the 26-hour operation, conducted in August 2015 at the NYU Langone Medical Center. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEWYEAR-CELEBRATION/
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January 01, 2015
An airplane flies over a drone during the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of...
New York, UNITED STATES
Airplane flies over a drone during the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New...
An airplane flies over a drone during the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is one of the oldest winter bathing organizations in the United States and holds a New Year's Day plunge every year. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
USA-SCIENCE/
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June 06, 2015
The Jet Propulsion Lab team's RoboSimian robot turns on a valve at a simulated disaster-response course...
Pomona, UNITED STATES
The Jet Propulsion Lab team's RoboSimian robot turns a valve on a simulated disaster-response course...
The Jet Propulsion Lab team's RoboSimian robot turns on a valve at a simulated disaster-response course during day one of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge finals in Pomona, California, June 5, 2015. The DARPA-sponsored event has drawn robotic teams from around the world to compete on a series of eight challenges throughout the course. REUTERS/David McNew TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
USA-SPACEX/
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May 06, 2015
The unmanned SpaceX Crew Dragon lifts off from launch pad 40 during a Pad Abort Test at the Cape Canaveral...
Cape Canaveral, UNITED STATES
The unmanned SpaceX Crew Dragon lifts off from launch pad 40 during a Pad Abort Test at the Cape Canaveral...
The unmanned SpaceX Crew Dragon lifts off from launch pad 40 during a Pad Abort Test at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Audette TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SWISS-ODDLY/
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November 17, 2015
A visitor tries the flight simulator Birdly at the exhibition "Animated Wonderworlds" at Museum fuer...
Zurich, Switzerland
A visitor tries the flight simulator Birdly at the exhibition "Animated Wonderworlds" at Museum fuer...
A visitor tries the flight simulator Birdly at the exhibition "Animated Wonderworlds" at Museum fuer Gestaltung (Museum for Design) in Zurich, November 17, 2015. Birdly simulates the flight of a red kite over New York City, controlled by the entire body of the user. The flight simulator was developed by scientists at Zurich University of the Arts. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
HONGKONG-TECHNOLOGY/
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April 18, 2015
A humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics reacts as the controller commands it via a mobile...
Hong Kong, China
A humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics reacts as the controller commands it via a mobile...
A humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics reacts as the controller commands it via a mobile phone to make a facial expression during the Global Sources spring electronics show in Hong Kong April 18, 2015. According to Hanson Robotics the robot's skin is made out of a material called Frubber, an elastic polymer that mimics the human skin, and installed with about 40 motors on its face which help create various expressions. Han can answer simple questions and staff said it can be used in the field of customer service. The show ends on April 21. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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