Revealing the ancient Chinese secret of sticky rice mortar

ScienceDaily (2010-06-01) — Scientists have discovered the secret behind an ancient Chinese mortar made from sticky rice, that 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.

The definitive URL for the Yang et al. article is: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ar9001944

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