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Nail Polish Invented by College Students Changes Color When It Detects Date-Rape Drugs

Here's the newest example of a clever invention that shouldn't have to exist. Undercover Colors is a line of chemically enhanced nail polish currently being developed by undergrads at North Carolina State University. The polish can reportedly detect the presence of date-rape drugs such as (one would assume) rohypnol in drinks and change color to indicate a warning.  So far, few details have been announced about the product, which a spokesperson tells the Triangle Business Journal is "in the R&D stage." It got an early boost by winning a university entrepreneurship challenge called the Lulu eGames and from an early investor who contributed $100,000, the business journal reports. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the most frequently cited drugs used to incapacitate sexual assault victims are rohypnol (illegal in the U.S.), GHB (legal as a narcolepsy treatment) and ketamine (legal as an anesthetic for humans and animals). So, it's reasonable to guess that the Undercover Colors team is trying to develop a product that will react to those three drugs, possibly along with ecstasy (MDMA). The nail polish, while innovative, is likely to reopen two long-running debates about date-rape drugs and rape prevention.

Ad Agency Creates Jewelry Meant to Combat Sexual Assault

When JWT Singapore was tapped by the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) to create an educational campaign about date rape, the agency decided to go in a different direction. The result was Guardian Angel, a personal safety accessory line that looks like jewelry but is also designed to get women out of dangerous situations.

Reebok Fires Rick Ross for Alleged Rape Lyrics

Reebok today told rapper Rick Ross to get lost because his new song "U.O.E.N.O." cheerfully describes what seems to be a date-rape scenario. A brand spokesperson revealed via email that the one-year partnership is over.