A team of researchers at The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) say they've found a way to calm the chemical reaction that causes concrete cancer -- a condition that causes concrete made from glass to weaken, expand, and crack.

"Researchers have been looking for a long time for ways to reliably make use of glass in concrete construction, and we believe that this research represents a significant advancement in that search," Assoc. Prof. of Engineering Shahria Alam said.

By partially replacing cement with polymer, fly ash, and glass powder, the researchers were able to produce concrete that was more than 60% stronger than what was previously believed possible.

Further testing is needed to assess long-term stability. Read More