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Robots: one of many areas in science and engineering that's accelerating because of better microprocessors and sensors.

From 'bots to EVs--5 predictions for '12 in cutting-edge tech

Innovators are blessed with powerful tools and building blocks to pursue scientific breakthroughs and tackle the world's toughest problems. Here's where the action will be in 2012.

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Green tech still withering in the 'Valley of Death'

In the wake of Beacon Power's bankruptcy, other clean-tech companies with loan guarantees could be in for trouble, too.

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Look out: Fossil fuels may be out-innovating green tech

Cheap natural gas from "fracking" shale rock and other unconventional fossil fuels are making life tough for cleantech.

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In Nest Labs, finally an Apple of home energy

Nest Labs and its Learning Thermostat bring Silicon Valley's strengths in consumer electronics and software programming to energy, a shift that can go a long way to bringing green technology home to consumers.

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Bill Joy bets big on energy's 'grand challenges'

Famed technologist spends his time investing in green tech where he's seeking riskier technologies with the potential for a big gains.

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While Washington bickers, green tech goes local

With political paralysis and the turmoil of Solyndra in Washington, states are taking the lead on green technology action, pitting individual states against other countries.

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Solyndra casts shadow on U.S. energy loan aid

analysis Political furor over the Solyndra bankruptcy has dealt a body blow to the idea that the government should try to help clean tech start-ups through the costly "valley of death" to commercial viability.

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In green tech, debate over singles versus home runs

Green-tech startups are splitting between those which swing for the fences and others who just try to hit safely but there's a need for both types to foster innovation.

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Khosla: Environmentalists, get out of way

Famed tech investor Vinod Khosla says green tech will succeed when entrepreneurs follow their vision for disruptive technologies rather than expect consumers to pay a premium for green products.

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Military green investments could hit $10B by 2030

Defense Department policy shifts toward using more clean energy in order to increase national security and save money, which could have far-reaching effects, according to Pew.

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Greenstart unveils latest clean-tech startups

Green-tech incubator shows interest in variety of startups from window treatments to biodiesel.

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This Day in Tech: Hurricane to test cell networks, Apple's Cook gets big bonus

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Friday, August 26.

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