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According to Discovery News, Italian scientists have developed a way to use a block of wood and turn it into an artificial bone for implants. They say that it will allow live bones to heal faster after a break than the currently available metal and ceramic implants. The reason they’re using wood is because it closely resembles the physical structure of natural bone.

How is this done ? Well, they start with a block of wood and heat it until all that remains is pure carbon, which is basically charcoal. They then spray calcium over the carbon, creating calcium carbide, then some additional chemical and physical steps convert the calcium carbide into carbonated hydroxyapatite, which can then be implanted.

Sounds very interesting, who would have thought that you could actually create artificial bones from a block of wood ?