Water, fire can do no harm to this new artificial wood

Nov 06, 2018, 2:46 AM EST
(Source: Jerry Norbury/flickr)
(Source: Jerry Norbury/flickr)

Natural wood takes years to grow, is vulnerable to water and fire and leaves an impact on the environment when harvested. The scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, tout their new creation as an artificial wood that is virtuous as its natural peer but devoid of many of its infirmities.

The new artificial wood, derived from a solution of polymer resin and a sugar polymer, chitosan, has a porous, crush-resistant structure and is resistant to water and fire, notes Scientific American.

The new material fares better over the natural wood on a number of other attributes as well including its ability to retain strength under stress and lower flammability, ZME Science.