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U.S. Engineering Students Invent Nail Polish That Detects Date Rape Drugs

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Soon women could have a new weapon to fight the threat of sexual assault: nail polish.

A team of students at North Carolina State University has created a special type of nail polish that changes colour when exposed to date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

The wearer simply dips a fingernail painted with the Undercover Colours polish into their drink to check it hasn’t been spiked with narcotics.

What started out at the start of August as a university project and a Facebook page with 75 followers is now a global media news story with a growing Facebook community of over 40,000 at last count.

According to a report by Yahoo! Lifestyle, the nail polish was developed by four Materials Science & Engineering majors. Branding their product as Undercover Colours, they said on their Facebook page that they hope their product “will be able to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators, creating a risk that they might actually start to get caught.”

“While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.”

The Undercover Colours team cites a statistic that says 18 per cent of women in the US will experience sexual assault during their lifetime.The all-male students are now looking for funding for their project on UndercoverColours.com.

Similar statistics show that sexual assault is a big problem in Malaysia,too. According to an annual report published by UN Women, a total of 3- to 40 per cent of women have experienced some kind of sexual assault in her life, starting from the age 12 onwards.MYNEWSHUB

Text: SARA KHALID

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