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Scientists studying process for growing steel-strength veggies

  By looking at the structures that make up plants, the team of scientists discovered that the building blocks that make up veggies and trees have the same stiffness as steel. We could be at the doorstep of a discovery that will allow humanity to grow construction materials like house plants.

Cellulose nanocrystals, the basic structures of plant life, were put to the test during the Purdue experiment and were found to have a stiffness of 206 gigapascals, which is precisely the stiffness of steel. Obviously, trees are not as stiff as steel and you don't have to be The Hulk to eat a carrot, so a bit of scientific work will have to be done to unlock this new-found veggie power.

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