Shalom Life | March 06, 2015

Israelis Invent Anti-Date Rape Straw

Straw can detect most common date rape drugs. Turns colours once detected.

By: David Shear

Published: August 17th, 2012 in Health » World

Israelis Invent Anti-Date Rape Straw

One in six women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. That's a staggering number, and one of the most common places where women will be victimized is in nightclubs.

Ever since date rape drugs have become easy accessible, women have had to be on high alert whenever drinking in public, otherwise someone could easily slip an odorless and tasteless drug that can render a person unconscious and put them in a position to be taken advantage of.

An israel professor of Tel Aviv University, Fernando Patolsky, and his partner Michael Ioffe, have invented what will hopefully become a common sight in bar and clubs around the world, an Anti-Date Rape Straw.

The straw can currently detect the two most common drugs being used, ketamine and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, of GHB. Patolsky and Ioffe are working on adding more drug detection abilities, including rohypnol, aka ruffies.

The idea is that women will carry the straw with them when they go out, and they can reuse the straw as many times as they like until the straw encounters the presence of any date rape drugs. If the straw detects any drug in the drink, a chemical reaction will be created and the straw will change colour, depending on the drug.

Patolsky and Ioffe hope to commercialize the product within a year.

Israeli Doctor Resorts to Crowdfunding to Treat Three-Year-Old Girl's Disease Israeli Doctor Resorts to Crowdfunding to Treat Three-Year-Old Girl's Disease TrendingBamba May Be The Cure To Peanut Allergies… Sort Of Bamba May Be The Cure To Peanut Allergies… Sort Of TrendingTop 20 Under 40: Marni Wasserman Top 20 Under 40: Marni Wasserman Trending
 

Jerusalem Rabbi Says Gays Don't Deserve Human Rights, Compares Them to Murderers

March 06, 2015 | By Kobi Nachshoni
Jerusalem Rabbi Says Gays Don't Deserve Human Rights, Compares Them to Murderers

Grand Rabbi Mayer Alter Horowitz, leader of Boston Hasidic dynasty's Har Nof branch, says religious homosexuals have two options: to suppress their sexual desires or marry a woman

Read More

Jewish Hall of Fame: Ralph Lauren

March 05, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jewish Hall of Fame: Ralph Lauren

Entrepreneur, fashion designer, and founder of one of the most recognizable brands in the world

Read More

Adam Sandler and Bob Barker Are Still Fighting Almost 20 Years Later [VIDEO]

March 05, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Adam Sandler and Bob Barker Are Still Fighting Almost 20 Years Later [VIDEO]

The 'Happy Gilmore' feud continued on Comedy Central's 'Night of Too Many Stars'

Read More

‘Star Trek’ Symphony Coming to a City Near You

March 05, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
‘Star Trek’ Symphony Coming to a City Near You

'Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage' is going on a 100 city concert tour

Read More

Lena Dunham Wigs Out For First ‘Scandal’ Appearance

March 05, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Lena Dunham Wigs Out For First ‘Scandal’ Appearance

The 'Girls' creator will be making her debut on 'Scandal' March 19.

Read More

New York Synagogue Launches New Campaign to Promote Gender Equality

March 05, 2015 | By Shalom Life Team
New York Synagogue Launches New Campaign to Promote Gender Equality

Social media campaign #ShoutEquality urges Jewish men and women to raise their voices on Jewish feminism

Read More

UK’s School Of Oriental And African Studies Student Union Say ‘Yes’ to BDS

March 05, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
UK’s School Of Oriental And African Studies Student Union Say ‘Yes’ to BDS

Despite less than 30% of students participating in the vote, the student union is pushing for SOAS to cut all ties with Israel, including the ones with Hebrew U

Read More

Jewish Students Make Embroidered Megillat Esther

March 05, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jewish Students Make Embroidered Megillat Esther

As part of the school's annual design and engineering cooperation, four students made a creative, machine-embroidered scroll in time for Purim

Read More

More Headlines