Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have created a "transparent wood" by removing lignin, the component of the cell walls that gives it its color, and doing "some nanoscale tailoring." And for some reason, this just feels like a bridge too far. Transparent wood is just one futuristic development that we were in no way prepared for. This would normally be the part where we'd say: Transparent wood? What's next, __________? But we can't even think of something as weird-sounding as transparent wood.
• Wood windows? Transparent wood material used for buildings, solar cells [Science Daily, via Gizmodo]