fistfullast33l writes "According to IGN UK, the next version of Playstation firmware will include a joint venture from Stanford University and Sony called Folding@Home. Similar to the infamous SETI@Home project, Folding@Home will be an idle application that participates in a simulation that "aims to map the way that genes change shape (or 'fold'), so they can be studied by scientists and, potentially, cure illnesses such as Parkinson's or a variety of cancers." The application will download a "work unit" that it will unravel to completion, update Stanford's servers, and then download the next unit and continue. The console will not be able to do any work while Folding@Home is running. Will the heat generated by the PS3 during this process help offset the inevitable increase in my utility bill from running the console all day?"