Posts Tagged "mortar"

TerraPass at the 2010 Green Fleet Conference

The 2010 Green Fleet Conference will bring together nearly 400 fleet management professionals and supporting industry suppliers this month to San Diego for their annual event. This year, TerraPass will be offsetting the footprint of the event (including attendee travel, hotel nights, and energy usage of the conference facilities) and will be helping fleet managers better understand (and calculate) the… read more →

What’s holding up China’s oldest buildings?

Scientists, reporting in an issue of *Accounts of Chemical Research*, have discovered the secret organic ingredient added to building mortar in China to create super strong walls that withstood even earthquakes: sticky rice. In creating what amounts to the first organic-inorganic composite material, construction workers circa 1500 years ago utilized a unique feature of a polysaccharide chain from the sticky… read more →