Scientists Send Text Message via Evaporated Vodka

Information was encoded in the evaporated alcohol

By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner

Posted Dec 20, 2013 11:28 AM CST

(Newser) – Usually alcohol and text messages don't mix—but researchers in England have now found a way the two can work together. Using vodka and a desk fan, scientists at York University have sent a new kind of text message—encoding information in evaporated alcohol. According to the lead researcher on the experiment, "We believe we have sent the world's first text message to be transmitted entirely with molecular communication, controlling concentration levels of the alcohol molecules to encode the alphabet." There could be practical applications: For example, scientists say the system could have been used for early detection of sewage blockages—like a massive "fatberg" found in a London sewer earlier this year. Newsy reports:

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