hajus writes: DNA sequencing costs seem to be falling faster than the gene sequencing equivalent of Moore's Law would predict. At about $10,000 per million bases in Jan 2001, the cost has fallen to $.50 per million in Jan 2011.
greenerd writes: "Researchers from the University of Central Florida may have found the most efficient (and most bizarre) battery material yet – ‘frozen smoke’, also known as Aerogel. One of the world’s lightest solids, aerogel contains multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) which each one several thousands thinner than human hair. The researchers, Associate Professor Lei Zhai and Postdoctoral Associate Jianhua Zou, believe that this material could soon become the best energy storage material for capacitors and batteries."
Anonymous Coward writes: ""Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are developing a solid composite material to help cool small, powerful microelectronics used in defense systems." The article offers a sophisticated discussion of how they engineered a better heat-transfer material for heatsinks."