Super Wood Is Stronger Than Steel

SCIENCE Densifying lumber can increase its strength tenfold. (Popular Mechanics) Learn more about this eco-friendly renewable resource here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How have scientists created a “super wood” that is stronger and more durable than metal? Read through the great Popular Mechanics article for some help. densification. Researchers used an innovative two-step process … Continue reading Super Wood Is Stronger Than Steel

#tbt: The Quiet Opening of the Panama Canal

By Alyson Foster Content & Collections Specialist, National Geographic Library   This month marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. The canal remains one of the greatest construction projects ever undertaken, an effort that spanned more than three decades. It required the labor of tens of thousands of workers who dug their way nearly 80 kilometers (50 miles) across the rugged terrain … Continue reading #tbt: The Quiet Opening of the Panama Canal