Scientists Send Text Message via Evaporated Vodka
Information was encoded in the evaporated alcohol
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Posted Dec 20, 2013 11:28 AM CST
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(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.

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iq145
Dec 23, 2013 10:35 PM CST
New safety slogan: Don't do either one and drive.
Chris Brown
Dec 21, 2013 2:13 PM CST
Interesting method of texting.
Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 20, 2013 7:52 PM CST
Using liquids to send messages is very high tech and not out of the realm of everyday access. Have you seen the water printers? Its a dot matrix printer controlling a water fountain. It can create graphics and text messages in the water as it falls long distances.