OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD FORGERY FIX

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Af­ter read­ing about Room 39 in the “Off-lim­its Places” ar­ti­cle in your March 2016 is­sue, which men­tions how North Korea steals $ 2 bil­lion a year by coun­ter­feit­ing cur­rency, I thought your readers would like to hear this too. This is a re­cap of an idea I al­ready sent to NASA with zero re­ply. In the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, in zero grav­ity, it is pos­si­ble to forge al­loys, like a unique alu­minum/ lead al­loy, that are im­pos­si­ble to forge on Earth. If so, why not have the mints of all na­tions buy spools of rib­bons of this unique al­loy from the ISS to put sec­tions of it in all their bills, so they will have a unique elec­tronic sig­na­ture which bill check­ers could scan and which counter feit­ers can never make on Earth? Robert G. Schreib Jr.,

Toms River, NJ

Sounds like a way to cut out the abil­ity to coun­ter­feit around the globe. It makes one won­der what kind of back­lash such a move would have among cir­cles of ne­far­i­ous in­di­vid­u­als. It would have been good to re­ceive a re­ply so you could be ap­prised of how fea­si­ble the idea is from the ex­pert point of view and re­ceive feed­back on any po­ten­tial ob­sta­cles to im­ple­men­ta­tion. If the idea does ever get picked up, we can say we knew you when!

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