Steel Stronger Wood
The technique they used to create this 'super wood' is a varied form of nanotechnology compression, forcing the cellulose bonds into very close proximity within the layers, making it basically like watered steel, but at a sub-micro level. Swords made of wood, indeed!
Added: Source material of the process: Processing Bulk wood into high dense structure
Rather off topic, but...
The list of researchers in this project sure show how unbalanced the student population of US universities are. I wonder if any one has done a study on student ethnic and citizenship breakdown?