Styrofoam alternative renders buildings more eco-friendly

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We have seen how the development of new materials can help reduce our carbon footprint, for example the invention of a biodegradable gelatin-based bioplastic. Similarly, the creation of a self-healing robot hand offers the potential to cut waste and lead us towards a more environmentally-friendly way of manufacturing products. The creation of nanowood offers a better alternative to existing insulating materials and is both cheap and biodegradable. A team of scientists at the University of Maryland in College Park created a new unique material by removing all of the lignin and most of the hemicellulose from the wood. This exposed…

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