A nail polish that detects Date Rape drugs

Four undergraduate students at North Carolina State University are developing a nail polish that changes colour if it comes into contact with date rape drugs. Known as Undercover Colors, the nail polish able to detect GHB, Xanax and Rohypnol after a finger is dipped into a drink.

By Alex Choros

Four undergraduate students at North Carolina State University are developing a nail polish that changes colour if it comes into contact with date rape drugs. Known as Undercover Colors, the nail polish able to detect GHB, Xanax and Rohypnol after a finger is dipped into a drink.

"While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection," is written on the Undercover Colors Facebook page. "Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime."

Undercover Colors is still in the research and development stage according to Tyler Confrey-Maloney, one of team's four member. The team has raised USD$100,000 from one investor after appearing at the K50 Startup Showcase, and are looking for additional USD$150,000 in funding. In addition, the team is accepting online donations.

Source: Triangle Business Journal

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