Smart Nail Polish

Recently at North Carolina University, four undergraduate students are developing a nail polish that changes color when coming in contact with date rape drugs. The way this polish works is very simple. Once applied, one needs only to dip part of their finger into a drink, something you would be afraid of being compromised while having a night out, and take it out to either reveal the same or changed color. While studies are still ongoing with perfecting the formula, excitement surrounding the project is growing exponentially. Potential buyers of the product are most excited to have a discreet way to keep themselves safe. While this is a recent development in contemporary science, I feel that it is nonetheless still an important asset in science and popular culture.

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2 years ago
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This idea as a technology is intriguing, but the false sense of security it can provide may be more dangerous in the long run. I don't pretend to understand the stresses of being a young woman today, nor do I understand the thought behind a predator using date rape drugs, but there is something to be said for protecting yourself in all situations around people you don't know well.

2 years ago
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I agree, Mickey.

When technologies that our safety depend on are over-relied upon, we risk making mistakes due to our overconfidence in their performance. It's for that very reason that computer controlled cars are probably far from being a commercial reality anytime soon. A robotic car would have to be far safer than a human driver before most would relinquish their safety to a machine.

Now, as a useful tool, I think this is pretty amazing, as long as good judgment follows its use.

2 years ago
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I definitely agree with both of these comments! This absolutely relates to science and pop culture more than anything I have seen on here yet. What's more scientific than nail polish that can detect date rape drugs and what's more pop culture than girls getting drunk at parties?! However, while I think that the idea is very cool, I catch myself being angered that people need something like this anyway. When they create a nail polish that glows red when someone is "into you" at a party, then let me know... ;)