Chicken-Based Circuit Boards

No, there’s no joke in that title. We’re actually bringing you news of a new type of printed circuit board that uses the keratin fibers of chicken feathers and a soy-based epoxy to construct the PCBs. The resulting boards are not only more environmentally-friendly, they are also faster than traditional boards.

The chicken PCBs were delveloped by Mingjiang Zhan, a student at the University of Delaware, in association with Intel and chicken giant Tyson. While the technology looks promising, it remains to be seen how environmentally-friendly full-scale manufacturing of such “green” boards might be.

An article from the journal Environmental Health Perspectives offers more details.

[Via Treehugger]