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Some of Lebanon's top academics at the American University of Beirut showcased Friday their projects at the fourth annual Kamal A. Shair Central Research Science Laboratory Conference.At the conference, held under the leadership of Dr. Youssef Mouneimne and supported by USAID's Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research, chemistry professor Antoine Ghauch presented his patent-pending Smart Counterfeiting Optical System (SACOS), a device he says can consistently and accurately identify even the most sophisticated fraudulent currency. Bank tellers and Customs agents currently use ultraviolet flashlights to test for fluorescence, but sophisticated fraudsters are increasingly able to mimic the UV dyes used by currency and passport printers.
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