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Researchers Make Wood Stronger Than Steel

A new super-material — stronger, lighter and cheaper than steel — has emerged from scientists' labs. It's not a high-tech nano-polymer or some new alloy. It's wood. With just some chemicals, heat and pressure, researchers at the University of Maryland have made wood three times denser and 10 times stronger. That means it competes with some of the toughest materials on the market, according to study co-author Liangbing Hu at the University of...

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