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An Intergalactic Laser Is Being Used to Detect Fake Honey

No more slutty honey.

No more slutty honey.

Honey looks innocent in bear form, but it's one of the most adulterated foods. More than a third of honey in the U.S. is smuggled in from China, and it's often mixed with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. But no fear: A laser tool that measures carbon on Mars is on a mission to stop food fraud. The European Space Agency-funded device works by scanning the carbon dioxide released from burning honey, and apparently, it can also detect cheap substitutes in olive oil and chocolate. A company in the United Kingdom is working to develop small portable versions of the laser, so grab your best pipe and prepare to become the Sherlock Holmes of honey laundering. [Earlier, Arstechnica via Wired UK]


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