Transparent Wood Is a Surprisingly Versatile Material

Wood makes for better walls than windows — most of the time.

Researchers from the University of Maryland devised a way to strip the colors and and chemicals from a block of wood to leave behind a clear, transparent material that’s stronger and more insulating than glass, and biodegrades better than plastic.
Only Two Steps Needed
The process of turning wood into windows is actually a pretty simple process. First, the researchers put blocks of wood in a boiling bath filled with water, sod

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