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The cars of the future may be able to communicate with each other, drive 
themselves, and be powered by the sun. CNET's Sumi Das on the concepts 
and the cars that automakers showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show in 
Las Vegas.

CES: Cars that are solar-powered, talk to each other, and don't need drivers

The cars of the future may be able to communicate with each other, drive themselves, and be powered by the sun. CNET's Sumi Das on the concepts and the cars that automakers showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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We recap the biggest stories from day one at CES 2014, a hands-on look with Roku TV, and Brian Tong's first ever "C-E-Yes or C-E-No"

CES in Depth: The big announcements from Press Day at CES 2014

We recap the biggest stories from day one at CES 2014, a hands-on look with Roku TV, and Brian Tong's first ever "C-E-Yes or C-E-No"

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Netatmo June: UV sensor for your wrist

Skin protection in a wearable? The June hopes to keep your sun exposure controlled with a modicum of bling.

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Johannes Kepler's birthday celebrated with Google doodle

Google has celebrated the man who first noticed that planets moved around the Sun in an elliptical orbit.

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Some of the big moments in tech this past year ranged from space to spacey, and human biology to humanoid robots. Here's a collection of images that represent 2013's big stories, with innovation an overriding theme. 
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We've chosen the images for their impact. Robots have advanced and become more animalistic or human-like. Private companies have rocketed into space. And some of the images are arty expressions of our world through sculpture and light.
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Virgin Galactic's <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-19514_3-57601804-239/get-up-close-and-supersonic-with-virgin-galactics-spaceshiptwo/" >SpaceShipTwo</a>, for example, billed as the world's first commercial space plane, notched an important milestone by <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57581868-1/spaceshiptwo-fires-rocket-engine-in-supersonic-flight/" >firing its rocket engine</a> during flight on April 29. It was a test flight at Mojave Air and Space Port in California. 
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During the flight, the space-ready passenger <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57581868-1/spaceshiptwo-fires-rocket-engine-in-supersonic-flight/" >space plane detached</a> from its dual-hull mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, at an altitude of 47,000 feet while being piloted by Mark Stucky and Mike Alsbury of builder Scaled Composites.
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2013: The year in pictures

From human biology to humanoid robots, we take you on a visual journey back through the year, with innovation an overriding theme.

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Ep. 1404: Where we channel surf with Robyn Ross

TVGuide.com's Robyn Ross is in the studio today to talk about the best and worst television of 2013 and give us a sneak peak at what's to come in 2014.

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In this time-lapse image from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, Comet ISON comes in from the bottom right and moves out toward the upper right, getting fainter and fainter. 
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At one point, scientists had <a href="http://news.cnet.com/2300-11386_3-10019094.html" >hoped it would survive its close encounter with the sun</a> and put on a spectacular show for Earth during the first weeks of December as it continued streaking through the sky. But alas, ISON appears to have burned up in the sun's extreme heat, and <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57614223-1/top-comet-ison-watcher-calls-space-rock-officially-doa/" >a top ISON watcher has declared the comet DOA</a>.

Pictures of the Week (slideshow)

Amazon pitches delivery drones, SpaceX launches successfully to space, Cassini captures an incredible six-sided storm, and more in the best tech pictures of the week.

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<p>Already visible from Earth with a pair of powerful binoculars, <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57613687-1/comet-ison-viewing-guide-for-the-comet-of-a-lifetime-maybe/">Comet ISON</a> will make its closest approach to the sun on November 28, 2013, when it will come within 1,150,000 miles of it.
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If ISON survives its close call with the sun's extreme heat, NASA expects the comet to put on a spectacular show for Earth during the first weeks of December as it continues streaking through the sky, before making its closest approach to our planet on December 26, 2013 at the relatively close cosmic distance of 39.9 million miles. 
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It appears as if ISON may already be falling apart a bit. But if it survives the flyby, the potential exists for this to be one of the brighter comets of the past century.
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You can even stage your own Thanksgiving Day comet watch with an ISON tracking app, aptly called "<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comet-watch-powered-by-distant/id710273903" >Comet Watch</a>," which is available for free for the iPhone or iPad.

Comet ISON may put on a cosmic show for Earth (pictures)

Already visible from Earth with binoculars, ISON will get up close and personal with the sun on Thanksgiving Day.

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Cassini spacecraft offers a head's down view of Saturn and its main rings.

Rare new views of Saturn and Earth from outer space (pictures)

The most recent trove of images sent back by NASA's Cassini spacecraft offers stunning new shots of Saturn and its rings.

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LAS VEGAS -- The Trail Carver starts with the V-6 powered Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and upgrades it to better handle off-road conditions. The underbody, fuel tank, oil pan, suspension and more are protected by skid plates.

Chrysler flexes its Mopar muscle at SEMA 2013 (pictures)

Chrysler's Mopar performance group shows that it can be a jack-of-all-trades at SEMA, showcasing a varitety of custom vehicles for road, dirt, and track.

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CNET Car Tech is heading to the desert this week to check out the hottest custom cars of 2013 SEMA Show. Get an early peek at what we expect to see in this 2013 SEMA Show preview.

Get an early peek at the 2013 SEMA Show (pictures)

CNET Car Tech is heading to the desert this week to check out the hottest custom cars of 2013 SEMA Show.

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<p>Technology's richest can't seem to stay away from wacky desires -- to live forever, to colonize other planets, to recreate the plot line of "Deep Impact," minus the apocalypse. Here's a quick tour of some of the most <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57608544-235/billion-dollar-babies-far-out-pet-projects-of-the-tech-elite/">far-out pet projects of the tech billionaires club</a>.</p>



<p> Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk isn't content with being a real-life inspiration for "Iron Man's" Tony Stark. No, he'd like to expand from superhero to secret agent, specifically James Bond. So he purchased a <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57608010-93/elon-musk-is-the-anonymous-buyer-of-the-james-bond-lotus-submarine/" >Lotus Esprit submarine from the 1979 film</a>, "The Spy Who Loved Me," for $1 million at auction. He hopes to infuse it with some Tesla magic and a dash of millionaire mad genius. 

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"It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press a button, and have it transform into a submarine underwater. I was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform," Musk said. "What I'm going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real."

Tech billionaires chase their wildest dreams (pictures)

Given the wealth concentrated in Silicon Valley, it's no surprise that tech CEOs and founders put their money toward the seemingly impossible, on land, on sea, and in space.

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