Nail Polish Can Detect Date Rape Drugs: Dip Your Finger and Stir

Nail Polish Can Detect Date Rape Drugs: Dip Your Finger and Stir

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Four college students want to use their talents in chemistry and applied sciences to help protect women against rape.

The young men from North Carolina State University are now developing a product for market called Undercover Colors. The polish when applied to finger nails will change color if it comes into contact with the most common date-rape drugs, like Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB.

“With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong.”


So far the entrepreneurs have earned prize money and start up investment capitol worth more than $110,000 for their real-world solution. Follow their progress on Facebook or their upcoming website.

(WATCH the video below or READ the story from NBC News)

Story tip from Sarah

 

COMMENTS

  1. P.S. Men “rescuing” women from other “men” without dealing with the problem of the “men” women need rescuing from is still patriarchy, people. It’s like putting on a band-aid that is woven of the same toxic fibers that created the wound in the first place.

  2. I’m confused by this article from the Good News Network…why is this considered GOOD NEWS?!?!?! That the women of our society even NEED such a product is BAD NEWS of the highest order. And while I applaud these men for wanting to help, does anyone think to ask why four FEMALE chemistry students didn’t come up with this idea? Because females are discouraged from a young age from entering the sciences and once they ARE there, they are judged, ostracized, sexually harassed and worse. And where are the profits from this venture going? To the four men themselves? If these men really wanted to “help” women, they would donate ALL the proceeds from this venture to educate MEN on NOT BEING RAPISTS, instead of profiting off of women’s need for such a product in the first place.

    • I’m sorry Amy, but we would rather not have that much negativity here, okay? When we post a story that show someone trying to help out a really serious problem, like war, famine, terrorism or rape, we aren’t saying the situation is “good news”. Only that someone is trying to help. This story was one of the most “LIKED” posts by GNN on Facebook with thousands saying it was fantastic. That is the spirit with which we post these kinds of stories.

  3. I agree that it’s sad a woman even needs a product like this. I wish that men AND women would stop abuse against other men AND women but unfortunately that isn’t going to happen. We can’t stop every bad thing that happens but we can try our best to prevent situations from happening. I think it is great that these guys came up with a product that can help to prevent a rape situation. So what if they are guys?!? Not all guys are rapists or want to see women suffer. I’m sure these guys have plenty of family members and friends whom they do not want to see get hurt.