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Photos: Robots get smart
Exhibition on the application of artificial intelligence in robots is part of the jointly held 2006 National Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the 2006 Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence.
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Hydrogen cars due for a jump start?
Will the gas used for the Hindenburg be running cars in a decade or so? Carmakers say it could be in the works.
Photos: Hydrogen car tech revs up
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Politicos push to update Cold War-era alert system
In age of cell phone, Net and BlackBerry users, why does government rely on TV, radio to beam emergency alerts?
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High tech's slow march in land mine campaign
The humble metal detector is finally getting an upgrade that could help humanitarian groups in their quest to rid countries of the dangers of land mines.
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Critics blast bill proposing NSA spy changes
Civil liberties advocates say a draft bill developed by the Bush administration and a Senate Republican is a "sham."
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Carbon nanotubes enter the Tour de France
Nanotubes are helping bike designers shave weight in the cycling world's premier event.
Photos: Nanotubes meet inner tubes
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Tsunami warning system taps into tech
Unesco develops a new system in the Indian Ocean designed to help people better respond to natural disasters.
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This is your brain on a microchip
Cognitive computing experts say the day that computers work like brains is getting closer.
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Military know-how combats cellulite, body hair
R&D in Israel isn't just for chips, software and military jets. It's also led to tools that combat cellulite.
Photos: Foiling fat with military might
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Mergers in private space travel
Specialist in private space travel buys small jet-engineering company to help develop commercial rockets.
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Are laser weapons ready for duty?
newsmaker Los Alamos honcho Doug Beason says directed energy beams will soon be able to zap missiles in flight. C|Net.com | Read the story
Microbes enlisted to capture uranium
At Georgia Tech, Stanford, scientists study whether microbes could assist cleanup after a nuclear spill.
Photos: Studying uranium-trapping microbes
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Ethanol car wins fuel-efficiency challenge
Car runs 6,786 miles per gallon, beating out hydrogen-powered vehicles at the Shell Eco-marathon in Europe.
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What are these carmakers thinking?
By Brian Cooley

$commauthorDriving It: A number of auto manufacturers these days are making some interesting decisions regarding the technology that goes into their cars; some we're onboard with, others have us scratching our heads. This week, CNET editor at large Brian Cooley discusses such moves by Infiniti, BMW, Kia, and Saab. Plus, GPS for your kids, as well as a tool for monitoring your car battery.

Automating future aircraft carriers
Roland Piquepaille:
Britain and France will jointly build three new huge aircraft carriers to be delivered between 2012 and 2014. These 275-meter-long carriers will cost about $4 billion each, but with their reduced crews due to automation, they'll save more than $6 billion to taxpayers during their 50 years of use.
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A minicar for future urbanites
Three-wheeled vehicles, to many, are motorcycles with sidecars or jog strollers--but that may change.
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Getting gas from trash
A Boston-area entrepreneur imagines how to develop a business based on large-scale repurposing of organic waste.
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Earth Day 2006: What's the tech?

From corporate innovation to personal action, there's plenty of chance to be green in the world of tech. Harry Fuller talks with CNET News.com cutting-edge reporter Michael Kanellos, Wayne Cunningham of CNET's Car Tech and CNET's Elsa Wenzel, who tracks ecological issues from energy to recycling, about what you can be optimistic about this Earth Day. 
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Coming soon: Cars that get 100 miles per gallon
Better batteries, some solar power and help from large auto manufacturers could make gas stations a distant memory.
Photos: From gas guzzler to green machine
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Microsoft: Not enough XPerienced PCs
Many companies aren't buying Windows XP--or they're buying the licenses but not installing the software. Microsoft's marketing machine is looking to change that as the Service Pack 2 update rolls out.
Nanocars get their motors running
Researchers have integrated a tiny motor into nanocars, which could one day change the way electronics are made.
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Software 2006: The shifting landscape
Dan Farber: The software industry's current economic structure and business model is unsustainable, former Oracle executive Ray Lane tells Fortune 200 CIOs gathered at the Software 2006 conference.