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This Nail Polish Can Detect ‘Date Rape’ Drugs In Women’s Drinks

This is a beautiful thing (and not because it looks pretty).

There’s a nail polish we’re really excited about—but not because it looks pretty. This amazing nail polish can actually help protect women from sexual assault.

Undercover Colors is a new line of nail polish that can detect common date rape drugs such as Rohypnol (roofies) and ecstasy in drinks. If you’re wearing the polish, you can simply dip your finger in your drink and stir. If the polish changes color, that means there are drugs present in your drink. That means women have a discreet way to keep themselves safe—and get help fast if they discover someone has tampered with their cocktail.

Check out the video from Refinery29 on Undercover Colors.

Undercover Colors was invented by four N.C. State University engineering students. Their goal is to “invent technologies that empower people to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.” Money is still being raised to release the prototype to the general public.

“Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught,” the founders explained on the Undercover Colors Facebook page. “In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors.”

Bravo, guys. Thanks for using your smarts to help make the world a little bit safer for women.