Super Wood

Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed “super wood” that is claimed to be stronger than many titanium alloys. It was created using a two-step process to drastically increase the density of the wood, thus reinforcing its strength to 10 times that of traditional wood. To manufacture the super material, the team first boils wood in a mixture of sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfite. With lignin and hemicellulose partially removed, it’s then hot-pressed to crush cell walls and forge strong nanofibers, which results in density that provides its super strength. “It is as strong as steel, but six times lighter. It takes 10 times more energy to fracture than natural wood. It can even be bent and molded at the beginning of the process,” said research team co-leader Teng Li. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of oddly satisfying LEGO zombies.

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