align="left" height="86" width="130">Scientists
at the University of Delaware say that carbonized chicken feathers
could be a cheap way to store hydrogen for fuel cells. According to
chemical engineering professor Richard Wool, the heat-treated feathers
could hold more hydrogen than costlier competing technologies, such as
metal hydrides and carbon nanotubes.
Reminds me of the reports that Thomas Edison tried all kinds of things
for lightbulb filaments, such as the beard hair from a redheaded
man. In that case, tungsten won out over the beard hair.
The thing about chicken feathers, is that they are much more abundant
that the bead hairs from redheaded men. And carbon