On the lighter side: Detecting counterfeit whisky

By Steve Hawley

Scottish engineers have developed a technique that could detect counterfeit whisky with up to 99.7% accuracy. Tests could discriminate between brands and even their age by measuring their optical properties. A scientific paper that details the process has been published by the journal Nanoscale.

Read the abstract at the University of Glasgow

Why it matters

This is analogous to the monitoring and sampling of video found over the Internet, to detect rights-holder information embedded in watermarks. Just as with video, accuracy counts.