The gamble is just too great, when there are alternative technolgies available (Nickel-Cadium for example). The results are not as striking, but the safest factor goes way up. Air Bus threw in the towel, and Boeing should do the same. A lithium related crash would be very damaging to Boeing. Safe is better than sorry.
Telemeres and Imetelstat--We all know that there has been some very promising results (100% on some blood cancer disorders and some promise with solid tumors). We also know that some major (deep pockets) drug companies are interested. Why has it been so quiet lately?
I think the future of telemeres and Imelestat is yet to be written. All that I know, this looks promising for Geron, and it has at least the potential to be a commercial success in the short run. The data may turn against Geron in the the future, but, to date, there is 100% positive results in certain blood diseases, and some positive results with solid tumors.
Cisco is the future with its focus on "the cloud" and the smart-grid. The sequester may have some strong redeeming features if it can bring the defense department down a size or two, by eliminating military waste
and other duplications.