The Secret of the Strength of the Great Wall of China Lies in Sticky Rice Mortar

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The use of sticky rice was one of the greatest technical innovations of the time.

Scientists have discovered the secret behind an ancient Chinese super-strong mortar made from sticky rice, the delicious “sweet rice” that is a modern mainstay in Asian dishes. They also concluded that the mortar ― a paste used to bind and fill gaps between bricks, stone blocks and other construction materials ― remains the best available material for restoring ancient buildings. Their article appears in the American Chemical Society journal, Accounts of Chemical Research.

 

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