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New British Booze Tricorder Can Tell You That Vodka's Not Really Smirnoff

By Sam Gibbs on at

Apparently the UK is battling with counterfeit booze at the moment. I can’t say I’ve noticed any knock-off Gordon’s floating around, apart from the so-close-it’s–almost-copyright-infringement own brands from the supermarkets that is. Still, boffins from the University of Leicester have come up with a hand-held booze scanner that’ll detect the dodgy stuff without even having to open the bottle.

Whisky + Lasers = a Glass Full of Awesome

By Brent Rose on at

You know what's great? Really good scotch whiskey. You know what's not great? Fake scotch whiskey. Worry not. Researchers at St. Andrews University have figured out how to test your whiskey's authenticity by shooting it with lasers.