Chicken feathers and computing

Chicken feathers and computing

Summary: From Wired News: An estimated 5 billion pounds of chicken feathers are available for uses other than mixing them into low grade cattle feed. Professor Richard Wool at the University of Delaware has figured out a method to recycle those chicken feathers for manufacturing circuit boards, replacing petroleum-based compounds, such as fiberglass.

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From Wired News:

An estimated 5 billion pounds of chicken feathers are available for uses other than mixing them into low grade cattle feed. Professor Richard Wool at the University of Delaware has figured out a method to recycle those chicken feathers for manufacturing circuit boards, replacing petroleum-based compounds, such as fiberglass.

"The basic goal is to introduce new green materials that will have a positive effect on the environment, reduce waste materials, provide a better bang for the farmers' buck and improve the current properties of petroleum-based printed circuit boards, which are not sustainable," Wool said.

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I can see the advertisements for the 'lighter, feathery, environmentally friendly

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  • Oh goody, just what I need

    motherboards with secret herbs and spices.
    nabisho
  • Real chickens?!

    Something of a surprise to find this was really about chicken feathers.

    In my computing lexicon "Goat's blood and chicken feathers" is a change you make to something that isn't working the way it should. There's no good reason for making that particular change, but it feels right. For reasons you may never discover, it fixes the problem.
    Marc Thibault
    • A two chicken problem...

      Ah yes. Chicken sacrifices to the networking gods. We know them well. No wonder this article was applicable to IT.

      In support engagements, we will often rate the difficulty of a problem, by the number of chicken "sacrifices" necessary to appease the gods, and make the problem go away. Usually only two, sometimes three will suffice.

      However, having actual chicken parts IN the PC may complicate our formulae somewhat.
      danielb
  • THEN Feed it to the Cattle

    When we turn in our old computers, they can be ground up and put into the feed. Then we can brand the cattle with INTEL inside.
    schneb
  • Does it smell when it heats up?

    Last thing I need, is my PC to smell like chicken. I'd be hungry all the time...
    danielb
  • A Farmers Perspective

    All I know is that when something goes wrong at least we will have a reason to be in a fowl mood...
    agohige
  • Worried about what happens next...

    So will this make future IT people dumb plucks?
    Will the new virus on CPU?s be salmonella?
    A whole new meaning to a feather in your cap, kinda like a chip off the old block?
    Will scratch have a whole new meaning? (Scratch is broken corn that is tossed out for hens to eat)
    What will we do when our systems lay an egg? Take a hatch it to it?
    Will server rooms become cooped up?
    Will Microsoft?s new OS be Chicken wire?
    Will excel become Egg-sell?
    Will Power point become point and cluck?
    Will all IT people become yokel?s?
    This can?t happen! The whole industry could get scrambled! We fry enough systems already!
    agohige