Scientists develop a super-strong wood that completely reflects the sun’s heat

The new super compressed wood is nearly nine times stronger than its natural counterpart. (Photo: University of Maryland) Researchers at the University of Maryland have re-designed wood to make it entirely impervious to visible light, while only absorbing the slightest levels of near-infrared light. Rather than absorbing sunlight, the new wood could bounce it rightContinue reading “Scientists develop a super-strong wood that completely reflects the sun’s heat”

Superdense wood is lightweight and strong as steel, and could be used to build bridges and cars

A new wood-compacting process crushes the gaps between cell walls in natural wood (porous structure seen in the scanning electron microscopy image, left), making the densified wood (right) as strong as steel. Newly fabricated superstrong lumber gives a whole new meaning to “hardwood.” This ultracompact wood, described in the Feb. 8 Nature, is created byContinue reading “Superdense wood is lightweight and strong as steel, and could be used to build bridges and cars”