Changes like these in science will great change the lifestyle and livelihood of humans:
Female inventor creates 'Nanowood' — a material that could (really) save the planet
· March 10, 2018
by NED DYMOKE
Tian Li, left, and Liangbing Hu, right, holding nanowood (Hua Xie / University of Maryland)
Tian Li, a post-doc student at the University of Maryland, has created a new material that could massively reduce waste on this planet. Created with researcher Liangbing Hu, this 'nanowood' acts like biological styrofoam and can be used in everything from drink containers to insulation.
'Nanowood' is wood without lignin, the ingredient in wood that makes it brown and rigid. Before you start thinking — nanowood can be developed from fast-growing lighter woods, like balsa wood, while slower-growing trees would be left alone. Nanowood under 1mm in thickness can be folded and bent and thus can easily be used as cost-effective insulation, or even as a replacement for styrofoam cups which take 500+ years to biodegrade. It's also 30x stronger than styrofoam and can insulate better than silica aerogel by a whole 10ºF.
...[the team] has been probing the properties of nanocellulose, nanometer-scale versions of cellulose, the tough carbohydrate in the cell walls of plants that allows tree trunks to grow strong and tall. At these incredibly small scales, cellulose fibers can take on remarkable characteristics, including a strength-to-weight ratio that's about eight times that of steel.
The key is mostly in the design. As the University of Maryland states:
Wood “conducts” heat along the channels that were used when the tree was alive to shuttle water and nutrients from roots to leaves. However, heat trying to cross the wood grain is blocked. With the wood oriented in the right direction, heat could be blocked or transmitted as the designer desires.
Without speaking in hyperbole, this genuinely could be the building material of the future. With sustainable production, you could see houses, skyscrapers, and all kinds of things made of nanowood.
If we become just a little objective and observational, we would notice that the materials which are man made were already created by material nature even though there are slight differences in the chemical formulas and physics processes. Consider if your skin is really a plastic bag, which if cut leaks fluid until the torn area is knitted again.
We are discouraged from realizing that because it would challenge the self concept of "me."
Am I a plastic bag with fluids, flesh and bones in it?
Maybe those questions will be thought of in the distance, someday (?)
A bioship is a type of spacecraft or starship described in science fiction. Bioships differ from other types of spacecraft in that they are composed, either predominantly or totally, of biological components, rather than being constructed from manufactured materials. Because of this, they nearly always have a distinctively organic look.
Bioships are usually quite powerful, and can often regenerate or heal damaged parts. Some bioships are intelligent or sentient, and some are considered to be lifeforms. Like most organic beings, many bioships contain large amounts of "scaffolding" materials to keep their shape, such as the xylem in trees or bone and chitin in animals.
Quote from previous post above:
"We are discouraged from realizing that because it would challenge the self concept of "me."
I am glad and continue to celebrate the opportunity to be on this website where I can be challenged in such ways and have to introspect on this type of question and also reply as it comes without having to camouflage.
What else is a human being or any live creature apart from a sophisticated piece of machinery infused with the tiniest of divine essence?
Very much like the heater is turning invisible electricity into heat, or any other type of energy expenditure system.