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Ovation: Undercover Colors, The Anti-Creep Nail Polish

08/25/2014

undercover colors logoI’m a big fan of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory.  Unlike many situation comedies on television, I find the Big Bang writers’ consistent use of intelligent conversation and scientific topics to be amusing without being silly.  The characters are interesting and the actors who portray them are completely believable.  Many viewers might feel that they know people just like them.

In fact, students at North Carolina State University do know people like.  The four chemistry students behind Undercover Colors, a nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs, has won this year’s Lulu eGames, a university competition for student projects aimed at solving real-world problems.

“Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.” – from the Undercover Colors Facebook page

stir with fingerWhen a woman uses an Undercover Colors-manicured finger to stir a drink laced with any number of common drugs like rohypnol or Xanax, sometimes known as “date rape” drug, the polish on her fingernail will alert her to the fact that her drink has been tampered with.

The polish is still in the early stages of development, and it isn’t the first idea hoping to give women the power to put a stop to unwanted sexual advances (straws that light up and glasses that change colors are also in the works), but it could certainly be something that many women would use.  After all, most women who will dress up enough to go out for cocktails will undoubtedly pay attention to their fingernails.

the_big_bang_theory-showLeonard, Sheldon, Penny and the gang on The Big Bang Theory don’t spend much time in bars buying drinks but they’re certainly familiar with chemistry labs and could probably create something like this in one episode.

Undercover Colors is accepting donations to help further their research and bring their product to market.  Click here to learn more.

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