The Kansas Polymer Research Center has created a form of concrete said to be 10 times more durable than ordinary concrete. Developed with a soybean-based polyurethane as its binding agent, KPRC's "polymer concrete" has been awarded a patent, and the research center hopes to work out details of its manufacture and distribution with potential partners. "What is unique is what [our concrete] is made of and what you can do with it," said Zoran Petrovic, research director at KRPC. "It's flexible enough to create anything from marble for construction to even jewelry. I can see a lot of opportunities here."

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