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Circuit board made from … chickens

But will it make your cell phone smell like Popeye's when it vibrates?

But will it make your cell phone smell like Popeye’s when it vibrates?

In their continuing series on wacky animal-product tech development, Treehugger directs our attention to a circuit board made from soybeans and chicken feathers.

The inventor would have us consider this a good thing, as “the 8 billion–plus broilers produced each year by the U.S. poultry industry leave behind some 3 billion pounds of waste feathers.” We suggest that the environmental savings of never “producing” those “broilers” in the first place might outweigh using their feathers in place of (admittedly toxic and nasty) silicon dioxide or polyimides.

Amongst other questions and concerns, we wonder – do feathers from Tic Tac Toe playing chickens make smarter circuits?

It’s hard to know how likely this is to enter mainstream production, as it’s showing in the same exhibit as a lasagna-based circuit board and a cellphone that biodegrades into a sunflower.

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