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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Researchers Use Nanotech to Develop Pocket-Size Sensor to Detect 'Date Rape' Drugs

In one of the many ways nanotechnology is being used to improve our world, a new line of defense to sexual assault has been developed by scientists. This tool is an easy-to-use sensor that, when dipped into a cocktail, will instantly detect the presence of a date rape drug. When ready for commercial purchase in just a few years, the sensor will be lightweight and discreet, easily transportable in a pocket or purse.

According to ScienceDaily,

With rates of drug-assisted sexual assault growing around the world, it's a dangerous social problem in desperate need of a solution .... According to the U.S. Department of Justice, some 200,000 women were raped in the US in 2007 with the aid of a date rape drug -- and because so many cases go unreported, the actual number is believed to be 80 to 100 percent higher.

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