Texting and alcohol.  These seem to be two words synonymous with high school teenagers and college students today.  However, professional scientists have recently taken an interest in the two.

Researchers at York University found a way to send text messages using vodka and a desk fan.  They used specific concentration levels of vodka to represent the bits 0 and 1.  They then wafted the message 12 feet across a room, where a receiving device determined the concentration of alcohol and translated it – in effect, delivering a text message.

“We believe we have send the world’s first text message to be transmitted entirely with molecular communication, controlling concentration levels of the alcohol molecules to encode the alphabet,” commented the lead researcher.

This technique could have a wide variety of application in environment where electromagnetic waves cannot be used.  This includes tunnels, subway systems and pipelines.

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Aneri Pattani is a Blast correspondent and journalism student at Northeastern University

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