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Could This Nail Polish Help Prevent Date Rape?








” Remember the pd.id, the tiny, lighter-sized device that women could slip in their drinks to detect the presence of date-rape drugs? Soon you won’t need to carry around a sensor with you to protect yourself during a night on the town—all you’ll need is a manicure before you go.

  The startup Undercover Colors, which is marketing itself as “the first fashion company to prevent sexual assault,” is currently developing a brand of nail polish that can detect the presence of date-rape drugs, which are generally colorless and odorless, in someone’s beverage. All you have to do is surreptitiously dip a nail into your drink, and wait to see if it changes color.”





” Undercover Colors was founded by four undergraduate engineering students at North Carolina State University. The idea for the startup, cofounder Ankesh Madan says, arose from personal experience.

“ We were thinking about big problems in our society, [and] the topic of drug-facilitated sexual assault came up,” he recently told Higher Education Works. “All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience, and we began to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use.” “



Read more and read also some naysaying regarding the practical application of the detection system 










New Dinosaur ‘Siats Meekerorum’ Discovered, Kept Early Tyrannosaurs ‘In Check’


” A new species of dinosaur discovered in Utah is believed to be the third-largest predator found in North America.

Named Siats meekerorum, after the man-eating monster from the Ute tribal legend, the fossil belongs to a species of giant meat eaters known as carcharodontosaurs and is the second one discovered in North America.”



” “This thing is gigantic,” Lindsay Zanno, a paleontologist at North Carolina State University, who discovered the species, told Wired. “There’s simply nothing even close in this ecosystem to the size of this animal that could’ve been interpreted as an apex predator.

While the specimen was a juvenile that measured 30 feet long and weighed 9,000 pounds, the paleontologists estimate a full-grown Siats could have weighed up to 11,000 pounds, Discovery News reports.”



    We are living in exciting times in the world of paleontology as the new discoveries keep coming at a rapidly accelerating rate . Witness the discoveries announced over the past few weeks including one in the Gobi desert , the announcement of the discovery of the T-Rex’s “Bad Grampa” and now this one .