There's no question that bamboo is a strong material. Some architects have built entire homes using bamboo as the primary material. 

However, Dirk Hebel, a professor from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, has created a new bamboo composite material that combines bamboo with an organic resin to create a product that can be shaped into anything and cut or sanded like wood. 

In a lab in Singapore, concrete reinforced with this bamboo composite has undergone heavy testing, and the most recent prototype failed to break under machine testing. 

"We can produce a material that in terms of tensile capacity is better than steel," Hebel said. "Our material is only a quarter of the weight of steel. In terms of strength to weight, it performs better than steel."

Next, Hebel says, is to find a replacement for concrete.

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