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Hot Clicks: Fabric made out of cement will revolutionize relief efforts

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KHQ.COM - An amazing new technology could change the way we respond to natural disasters and help with relief efforts worldwide. A new fabric made out of cement is completely flexible to start, but once submerged in water and given time to set, becomes completely solid. This technology allows permanent structures to be built in a matter of a few hours.

The concrete canvas starts out in a waterproof tarp and the cement material inside the tarp is wrapped around an inflatable lining. Water is first pumped into the waterproof bag to saturate the cloth, the tarp is then removed and the material is inflated. The building, once erect, has thermal properties to stay cool or warm and it can even provide a sterile environment for surgery. The building is strong enough to endure hammer blows and and even the heat from a blow torch.

To see the entire video from National Geographic, click here: http://tinyurl.com/mxsz2aa

 

 

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