Pretty nails may be the newest way to foil date rape.
Undercover Colors , a nail polish that changes color when it’s exposed to date rape drugs, has won this year’s Lulu eGames, a North Carolina State University competition for student projects aimed at solving real-world problems, ABC News reported.
"Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime," the team behind Undercover Colors -- a group of four male chemistry students -- explained on their Facebook page.
When a woman uses her manicured finger to stir a drink laced with a common drug like rohypnol or Xanax, sometimes described as "date rape" drugs, the polish will alert her that her drink has been spiked.
The team said they were inspired to invent the product because an estimated 18 percent of American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, a study commission by the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense.
"They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends," they wrote on their Facebook page.
The polish is still in the early stages of development, according to Stephen Gray, one of the company founders. And it isn’t the first product idea aimed at putting the power to thwart date rape at a woman's fingertips.
In 2011, Israeli scientists developed a straw that analyses a small sample of a drink and lights up when it detects the presence of a date rape drug. And last year, the company DrinkSavvy invented a glass that changes appearance when a drink is spiked with a potentially harmful substance.
Dr. Nathaniel Finney, the university’s expert on indicator development -- the type of technology used in the polish -- is advising the company, according to the Undercover Color Facebook page.
The Undercover Color team is currently accepting donations to fund research and development.
Dems plan bill to block benefits for ex-Nazi
Two Democratic senators announced Thursday they will introduce legislation that would stop suspected Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S.…
Canadian news coverage outshines U.S. cable
News can vary from station to station, but CBC's coverage of Wednesday's Ottawa shooting is being lauded by some while U.S. cable is catching flak.
China prepares unmanned mission to lunar orbit
The mission is China's next step toward automated sample-return missions and eventual manned missions to the moon.
RTM: Man accidentally shot during wedding dance
A Kurdish wedding was off to a great start when an AK-47 went off in the middle of a dance.
Dog falls doing trick but still warms hearts
Chip the dog fell over trying to do a trick, but we promise he'll still warm your heart.
Mexican mayor linked to students' disappearance
The mayor of the Mexican town where 43 students disappeared last month has been linked to drug cartels that helped in their disappearance.