How Transparent Wood Could Someday Replace Glass Windows

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay minute.

A new poll shows there is growing optimism in farm country. The new Purdue University CME group Ag economy barometer climbing to 156.  That’s the highest reading for the index since the pandemic began last winter. It’s also 12-points higher than the previous month. Jim Mintert said, “The improvement in this month’s barometer was primarily because of the improvement in the index of current conditions which rose from a reading of 124 in August to a reading of 142 in September.”  

Researchers have found a way to create transparent wood that could be used in place of windows!  They use wood from balsa trees and put them in an oxidizing bath. The wood is then penetrated with a synthetic polymer that makes it virtually transparent. The researchers say natural cellulose in the wood and energy-absorbing polymer filler in the transparent wood make it more durable and lighter than glass. 

Here’s something strange, a new study says your dog probably isn’t as excited at seeing your face.  Researchers in Hungary and Mexico did MRIs on the brains of 20 dogs and 30 people. Each was shown a series of videos of the front or back of a dog or human head. Researchers say the dog brains were focused on determining whether they were seeing another dog or a human, not faces. But the brains of people were focused on whether they were seeing a face. 

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