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Would You Like A Nuclear Explosion With Your Wine, Sir? March 22, 2010

Posted by bitchwantstea in Bizarre, Food, Tech / Science.
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Okay, here’s the bad news:

The wine you’re drinking could be radioactive.

But here’s the good news:

It could be used to detect whether you’re being ripped off by dodgy wine dealers.

Harmless amounts of radioactive carbon have been found in wines made from grapes harvested since the last atmospheric atomic bomb tests were carried out in the 1960s.

This carbon allows scientists to pinpoint a wine’s vintage to within a year by analysing its levels within the wine, a technique they say could help detect fraudulent attempts to repackage cheap plonk as a high-end tipple.

Some experts claim that around 5% of fine wines currently being sold are faked, either by being diluted with cheaper wines or sold under false labels.

It all sounds pretty freaky to us.  Talk about finding a silver lining!  Ah well, it gives us an excuse to drink more Jack Daniels…

More here.

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