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See How a Cool New Sensor Can Detect Any Date Rape Drug in Your Drink

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Stop. Stir before you sip. Two Israeli scientists have developed a date rape drug detector that works instantly and is 100 percent accurate.

Once manufactured for the public, a sensor would be dipped into a drink, and if spiked with a date rape drug like GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and ketamine, it would let the user know in real time if their drink is safe. The developers have not decided how it will alert the drinker but it will be discrete: light up, spin or send a message to your cell phone. They are also working on making it sensitive to Rohypnol (roofies), another common date-rape drug.

Professor Fernando Patolsky and Doctor Michael Ioffe of Tel Aviv University's school of chemistry tested the sensor in a variety of drinks -- cocktails and soft drinks -- making sure the device would work every time no mater the mixer. It did.

AFP has more:

You just dip it into your drink, it might actually look like a stirrer in the final production, it's tiny, very tiny," Ioffe told AFP.

"And you don't even have to hold it up to the light and the system will let you know whether there are drugs dissolved in your drink."

See how it works in this Jerusalem Post video (chemical reaction happens about 1:05 into the video):

The scientists say the chemcial components of the sensor are nontoxic and affordable to produce.

[H/T PC World]

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