Javier Fernandez admits he's not a huge fan of chess. "I'm not very good either," he says. Nevertheless, his queen, king, rook and knight are attracting a lot of attention. The black and white chess pieces are made of plastic, but not the petroleum-based kind experts warn may be laden with hormone-scrambling chemcials. Rather, Fernandez and his colleagues molded the complex game pieces from a compostable material abundant in nature: Chitin.
March 15, 2014