And not only is it transparent, it is both stronger and more insulating than glass, reports the New York Times. The transparent wood was created by a team of researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park. The researchers were able to remove a molecule called lignin, which gives wood its natural color. Liangbing Hu, a materials scientist on the team said that the transparent wood could potentially replace glass and some other optical materials.
Image credit: Liangbing Hu