On the lighter side: Detecting counterfeit whisky

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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.

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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.

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