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The Loh Down on Science is the fun way to get your daily dose of science in less than two minutes. The program explains the world of science with a dash of humor. Hosted by writer/performer and Caltech alumna Sandra Tsing Loh, it's a program for those who love science as well as for those who avoid it!
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; Credit: University of Maryland Energy Research CenterThe Loh Down On ScienceHow can we have the power of x-ray vision -- without being Superman?This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.Ever wish you could see through walls? Of course we can’t - that’s what windows are for! But glass isn’t strong like wooden walls. And it could be shattered by the occasional stray baseball speeding towards your house. What’s the answer? How about -- transparent wood!Impossible, you say? Enter: Liangbing Hu at the University of Maryland at College Park. He and his team gave wood a makeover - brunette to blonde! That is, they bleached it to strip away its yellow-brown pigment. What was left was a transparent wood fiber.
Next, they fortified the wood fiber with a sturdy plastic glue called epoxy. The result? Wood that is stronger than before -- and see-through like glass!Bring on some stronger buildings and three-hundred sixty degree skylights!While super-human powers may not be possible, the power of transparency could soon come to a house near you. Just don’t get caught walking around in your superhero unitard!This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.