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The German Scientific Information Service ( recently published a report that German researchers have succeeded in substantially increasing the loadbearing capacity of bamboo-concrete structures.

This principle was evidently applied for the first time at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, where this new innovation was used in construction of the German-Chinese Building. Researchers from the departments of Structural Engineering and Materials Science in Construction at TU Darmstadt collaborated closely for many years in its development. The two-story building erected on the Expo grounds...

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