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  1.    28 May 2015 #1
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    New CPUs made of wood promise cheaper, healthier, greener technology


    How many of you have a pile of computers sitting in a closet because you can't throw them away, but you don't want to recycle the hazardous materials that sit inside? In the future, your CPU may be able to decompose without releasing noxious chemicals into the air.

    Researchers in Madison, Wisc.; Arlington, Texas;, and Chengdu, China; have teamed up and discovered a way to create semiconductors almost entirely out of cellulose nanofibril, a material almost completely derived from wood. Whereas a traditional semiconductor uses the same material in the substrate as is in the active layer, the new chips would replace the entire substrate with wood. The result is that only the thin active layer would have the harmful chemicals in it. According to the researchers, there is no impact to performance.
    In addition to costing less and the reduction in chemicals, the chips are also biodegradable, helping the environment. While you won't be putting these semiconductors in your compost heap, a controlled process of applying fungi and water can decompose the chips in a matter of days or weeks.
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  2.    28 May 2015 #2
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    Wonder if this could lead to a new line in ransomware -
    'Pay us or we will cause your machine to decompose'

    An interesting idea though.
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  3.    28 May 2015 #3
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    I hope they update scanners to check for termites.
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  4.    28 May 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    I hope they update scanners to check for termites.
    It would create a whole new meaning to filing a "Bug Report"!!!
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  5.    28 May 2015 #5
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    Just avoid spruce and go with pine and you should be OK.
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  6.    28 May 2015 #6
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    Hmm, CPU could then stand for Cedar Processing Unit. You have to watch out for intensive binary tree search though. If the CPU overheats you end up with Ash.

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  7.    28 May 2015 #7
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    I'll wait for ones made with environmentally friendly synthetic wood.
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  8.    28 May 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I'll wait for ones made with environmentally friendly synthetic wood.
    That is what they call plastic. LOL
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  9.    28 May 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Hmm, CPU could then stand for Cedar Processing Unit. You have to watch out for intensive binary tree search though. If the CPU overheats you end up with Ash.

    I think Ash trees are being endangered by a beetle infestation.
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  10.    28 May 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    I think Ash trees are being endangered by a beetle infestation.
    I never did like those fake retro Volkswagons with no bumpers.
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