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The $50,000 nuclear wine scanner

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If there's one thing we know about here at Engadget, it's wine — we're required to keep a fifth of 20/20 (grape) by the keyboard at all times. So we're groovin' on news from UC Davis that they've developed a technique to check for spoiled wine without ever opening the bottle. Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (similar to MRI), chemists can now listen to the vibration signature (e.g., vinegar) given off by the contents of the bottle. We'll be purchasing our own $50,000 device for inclusion in the Engadget wine cellar to confirm that all those 40-year-old bottles of Thunderbird are ready for auction.

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