Sticky Rice Holds Ancient Chinese Buildings Together

Sticky Rice Holds Ancient Chinese Buildings Together.

Perfect for scooping with chopsticks, sticky rice is also helping centuries-old bridges, temples, tombs, and city walls stand firm in China, according to a new study that unlocks the secrets of the mixture’s “legendary strength.”

An analysis of mortar from the 600-year-old city wall in Nanjing (map) confirmed its mortar is a mix of powdered limestone and sticky-rice soup. The tip-off was the presence of amylopectin, a carbohydrate found in the rice, according to the study, led by Bingjian Zhang of Zhejiang University in China.

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