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Chicken Feathers for Computer Chips

posted on August 30, 2002

What a birdbrain idea.

Scientists at the University of Delaware say chicken feathers make great conductors when pressed into circuit boards for computer chips.

The feather fibers are stripped from the quills, pressed together into mats and mixed with a special type of soybean oil. They are then pressed again and cut down into small boards for circuits.

The researchers say the feathers are quite strong, hollow and filled with air – one of the best conductors of electrons.

One 12-square-inch panel contains almost a half-pound of feather fibers.


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