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Date rape drugs are often the substance of choice for perpetrators of sexual assaults, the effects of which leave the victim unable to defend themselves, not able to remember any of the events that ensued and – worse – not able to recall details of their attacker. In an effort to help people avoid such despicable acts, a group of designers has produced a miniature reusable electronic device that they claim will determine if a drink has been spiked. Read More

If the only beer that you have on hand is tepid, you may be tempted to pour yourself a glass and throw in some ice cubes. As any connoisseur will tell you, though, ice cubes in beer is a definite no-no – as the ice melts, it dilutes the drink. That's where Booze Joulies come into play. Read More

It used to be that the only way you could get a speeding ticket was if a police officer personally witnessed your overly-fast driving. Then photo radar came along. Well, when it comes to drunk driving, lasers could soon be the equivalent of photo radar. Polish researchers at the Military University of Technology in Warsaw have demonstrated how the high-intensity beams of light can be used to detect the presence of alcohol – even exhaled alcohol – in passing vehicles. Read More
Shipping container-based architecture has produced plenty of innovative structures already, but isn't generally associated with beer ... until now. The recently-opened Austin, Texas-based Container Bar brings sustainable architecture and alcoholic beverages together under one roof, and provides a fine example of recycled architectural design, too. Read More
Bikers, hikers, campers and anyone else interested in the potential of carrying around lightweight, powdered alcohol that only needs a little water to become a cocktail now have reason to be excited about a new product called Palcohol – so long as it manages to make it through the final regulatory hurdles in the United States. Read More
While the quest for the perfect drop continues in breweries and back sheds all over the world, the people at Heineken realize that consumers are also thirsty for environmental responsibility. This has led to the development of the David XL Green draught system, a product that reduces the energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with partaking in the amber fluid. Read More

When we first covered the electronic tongue developed by a team led by Professor Manel Del Valle at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, it was enjoying a glass or two of cava wine. Now the researchers have turned to beer, and report that their electronic tongue can correctly identify different beer varieties with a success rate of almost 82 percent. Read More

If there's one thing that people associate with New Year's Eve, it's getting drunk. Some folks may use one of the various new portable breathalyzers to watch that they don't get too hammered, although those typically involve placing your lips against the device every time you use it. Lapka's Breath Alcohol Monitor (BAM), however, simply requires you to blow into your clenched hand. Read More
A molecular messaging system capable of transmitting data over several meters has been built using off-the-shelf materials costing around US$100 and some vodka. The system mimics chemical signalling seen in nature and has potential applications for communications in environments not compatible with conventional wireless technologies, such as underwater, in tunnels and pipelines, as well as at the nano scale and within the body. Read More
Last month, Elertus of Draper, Utah unveiled its Elertus Wine Protection System, which uses a wireless sensor that monitors temperature, humidity, and movement. It’s designed to keep an eye on your wine cellar or cabinet to make sure that your vin ordinaire is properly stored and that no one is helping themselves to the odd bottle of Chateau le Tour. Read More
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