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Wood Chips—No, Not THOSE Wood Chips

Elizabeth Baldwin

When you first hear “wood chips” you think of biomass, or garden landscaping or paper pulp, right? You think of something like this:

 7 21 15 Woodchips

But now, maybe you’ll think of something like this:

7 21 15 Wood Chips Data

Don’t understand that? Well, don’t feel bad, the full article that discusses it is nearly incomprehensible as well, but this summary version is easy to read. It’s all about this new technology where biodegradable, wood-based computer chips work as well as those silicon chips. Yes, that’s right. You might soon have wood chips inside your phones and computers!

The researchers are promoting the technology for environmental reasons—keeping the heavy metals and such out of landfills, and the military is interested in it as something that will just melt away in enemy’s hands. (Interesting how two such different perspectives come together here!)

Consider this the ultimate in green technology…although, the problem is that rather than getting a computer virus, your system just might mold …


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