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Science innovations are back in vogue for Silicon Valley investors, noted an article from the New York Times this weekend, and as I reported this summer. The trend can be seen via a series of investments by firms mostly associated with backing consumer web companies now putting small rounds into more hard core science tech startups, like those building new modular nuclear reactors, or new space ventures.

But we should keep this trend in perspective. The resurgence has more to do with the consumer web space becoming insanely crowded with a wave of startups, as well as a recent « correction » away from avoiding all things related to cleantech over the last couple of years. Basically, there’s been enough distance from the VC-backed huge disasters like Solyndra and Fisker (though there are still more out there) that investors are starting to dabble in this space again. It’s also…

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