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University students create nail polish that detects date rape drug

By Editor
University students create nail polish that detects date rape drug

It seems that age is no factor when making discoveries or new innovations. Last week, for instance, it was revealed that an 18-year-old made a lifesaving finding when he found different heart traits in white and black athletes.

Over the past couple of days there has been a buzz around  an all-male collective of undergraduates at the University of North Carolina who have invented a nail polish that apparently changes colour when it comes in to contact with date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.

Under the description section of their about page on Facebook, the group, that call their fashion company ‘Undercover Colors’, have explained why they pursued the project:

“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.”

Their innovation has earned the team a series of accolades, and they are currently in the semi finals for the ‘K50 startup showcase’ over in the states.
However, the news hasn’t pleased everyone; with many critics pointing out that a point has been missed.

Social media blogger and commenter Kelly Oxford has echoed many people’s opinions on the fashion brand when she tweeted:




But what do you think? Should we be looking at changing the culture of harassment rather than considering ways of preventing it? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.



Anyway, here’s a cat hugging its owner to lighten the mood.



Tagged: university, social media, polish, nails, kelly oxford, fashion, facebook, art, 2014

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