Scientists Develop Method to Make Wood Stronger Than Steel, Able to Stop a Speeding Bullet

Simple processes can make wood tough, impact-resistant—or even transparent.


Some varieties of wood, such as oak and maple, are renowned for their strength. But scientists say a simple and inexpensive new process can transform any type of wood into a material stronger than steel, and even some high-tech titanium alloys. Besides taking a star turn in buildings and vehicles, the substance could even be used to make bullet-resistant armor plates.


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