Megapixel: 15 awe-inspiring science and technology photos - 08/01/16

We've picked out some of the best photos from the world of science and technology over the past few weeks (18 Dec 2015 - 07 Jan 2016), including this sunrise taken by Tim Peake on the ISS.

8th January 2016
Megapixel: awe-inspiring science and technology photos (ESA/NASA)

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Solar panels on the ISS

Solar panels on the ISS (ESA/NASA)


Tim Peake has been a busy boy since he arrived on the International Space Station, but he took a moment to watch the sunrise strike the station's solar panels on New Years Eve.

Two Robots Cook Noodles In Shanghai

Two robots cook noodles in a restaurant on December 24, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

If you gathered the finest minds in the world of robotics together, what do you think they would create first? Noodle-making robots of course! Well we do all need to eat…

Stormy Weather Batters Britain

A woman walks her dogs along the sea front on January 4, 2016 in Porthcawl, Wales. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Britons were battered over the Christmas period with not a snowflake to be seen. To make matters worse, not only was it the wettest December on record, but it was also the wettest month since records began - what a wash out! If you're still stuck at home avoiding the rain, you could always relive the most bizarre weather related event on Twitter over the last few days, #DrummonPuddleWatch.


SpaceX successfully lands its first reusable rocket

A nine-minute exposure picture of the launch, re-entry, and landing burns of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on 21 December 2015. (Photo by SpaceX Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

SpaceX Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

After two previous attempts, Elon Musk's SpaceX programme was finally able to launch and land its Falcon 9 rocket. Third time lucky, eh…

Happy birthday to 'Ooo'

Eleven-year old female Sumatran Orangutan 'Tsunami' eats a fruit platter as part of her birthday celebrations at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur on December 31, 2015. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

We all love a tasty slice of cake on our birthday (or any other time truth be told), so why should orangutans be any different. Here, 11-year-old Tsunami is enjoying a birthday treat. Wonder if she knows any present giving animals?

NuSTAR's View of Galaxy 1068

NuSTAR's View of Galaxy 1068 (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Roma Tre Univ.)

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Roma Tre Univ.

Galaxy NGC 1068 is closely studied by astronomers, being a relatively close 47 million light-years away. We're just studying it because it looks pretty.

Happy New Year!

Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 01, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Carl Court/Getty Image

Ok, we're a bit late for the show (we're sure there were plenty of ooohs and aaaaaahs), but how do computer-controlled fireworks work?

Zinnia Flowers Starting to Grow on the ISS

Zinnia Flowers Starting to Grow on the International Space Station (NASA)


Flowers in themselves are very pretty to look at but not exactly thrilling, unless of course they were grown on the International Space Station. These space plants appear to be bigger than their terrestrial counterparts, which is handy if you ever need to eat lunch on a space station. Nom nom nom...


An aerial view taken on January 1, 2016 shows people with colourful bonnets taking part in the traditional New Year's dive ('Nieuwjaarsduik') on the beach of Scheveningen, The Netherlands. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

At first glance this looks like a picture of thousands of flamingoes as they go for a dip in the water. Alas, they aren't flamingoes, just Dutch revellers in hats celebrating the annual Nieuwjaarsduik. That means New Years dive, which seems obvious when you look at it.

New High-Resolution Earthrise Image

NASA Releases New High-Resolution Earthrise Image (NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University)

NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

Remember NASA's iconic Earthrise image, taken by the crew of the Apollo 8 mission? If not, you'll probably spot it here amongst some other marvellous photos taken by astronauts, check out this stunning hi-res update that was taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Harbin Ice Festival

A man walks on the frozen Songhua river beside the Harbin international ice and snow festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 3, 2016. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Castles built on sand sounds like a bad idea, but what about on ice? Well that's not so bad if they too are built of ice, but don't expect them to survive the summer. Fortunately for this man walking across the frozen Soghua River in China, he has plenty of time to reach the Harbin Ice Festival, where sculptors show of their incredible icy creations.

American white pelicans

American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) are seen in the waters of Lake Chapala in Cojumatlan de Regules, Michoacan State, Mexico, on January 4, 2016. (Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

There are plenty of American white pelicans migrating to the balmy waters of Lake Chapala in Mexico from the US, but I'm not there, and neither are there any giraffes, so I don't know what all the fuss is about.

The Liwa 2016 Moreeb Dune Festival

Pigeons fly over the Liwa desert, 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi, during the Liwa 2016 Moreeb Dune Festival on January 5, 2016. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

It may not look like your average race track, but at the Liwa 2016 Moreeb Dune Festival in the UAE people race cars, bikes, falcons, camels and horses. We prefer drone racing ourselves, which you can read all about in the January 2015 issue of BBC Focus Magazine.

North Korea Hydrogen Bomb tested

The Korea Meteorological Administration Administrator and Yun Won-Tae (R) a Earthquake and Volcano of the Korea Meteorological Administration Director General checks the screen of show a seismic waves from North Korea at the Korea Meteorological Administration center on January 6, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

North Korea confirmed it has conducted a H-bomb test after South Korea's Metrological Administration detected an 'artificial earthquake' near North Korea's main nuclear testing site on 6 January 2015. Let's hope they don't drop it in a volcano...

Robot-Era at nursing residence

An elderly lady kisses a robot during daily activities of the project Robot-Era at nursing residence San Lorenzo on December 19, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

Laura Lezza/Getty Images

How do you provide company for those elderly citizens who are alone over the Christmas period? The solution according to Robot-Era, the world's largest service robotics experiment, is to provide one of their nursing robots, able to care for 20 elderly guests at a time. It looks like this robot certainly has a fan (but don't forget to pay your own grandma a visit when you get the chance).

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