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Nail polish developed in NC could combat date rape

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A new nail polish being created at N.C. State University could thwart sexual assault.

“Undercover Colors,” a chemistry startup developed by four undergrads, is creating a nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs, reported the Triangle Business Journal.

A recent Washington Post analysis showed more than 3,900 allegations of forcible sex offenses on college campuses nationwide in 2012, a statistic that rose 50 percent in three years. Fourteen such offenses were reported at N.C. State between 2010 and 2012. During that same time period, 30 were alleged at Duke University and 52 at UNC-Chapel Hill.

“We are early in the R&D stage for this important product,” says Tyler Confrey-Maloney, spokesperson for Undercover Colors, declining to provide further comment.

Source: Triangle Business Journal