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Forestry Science

Nanowood Decreases Carbon Footprint

Move over, Styrofoam, nanowood is here. Scientists have designed a heat-insulating material made from wood that is both light and strong and made entirely from tiny, stripped-down wood fibers. The so-called nanowood, described in the journal Science Advances, could one day be used to make more energy-efficient buildings. It’s cheap and biodegradable, too. “Nature is producing this kind of material,” said senior author Liangbing Hu, a materials scientist and engineer at the University of Maryland in College Park. Managing heat is a major issue in the cities we build. It’s hard to keep heat indoors in the winter and...