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Scientists have up with a revolutionary new use for wood. They have a way to make it transparent. This could totally the way many things in our lives are and made. See-through wood could one day glass and be used in windows and tables, for iPhone screens, and in a whole assortment of other building materials. The innovation has come from researchers at the University of Maryland in the USA. They with different ways to extract the chemicals from wood that it colour. Researcher Liangbing Hu said: "We were very surprised by how transparent it could . This can really applications that can potentially glass and some optical materials."

The researchers with a small block of linden wood. They it in water, sodium hydroxide and other chemicals for about two hours. A molecule lignin, which gives wood its colour, during the boiling process. This behind colourless cells, which effectively the wood transparent. The see-through wood a lot stronger and less dangerous than glass. It is better at insulating against the cold and it is biodegradable. Research still in its infancy and the process can currently only be on 10cm by 10cm blocks of wood that range in thickness between paper-thin and a centimeter thick. The researchers will now on applying the process on a much larger scale.

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