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In the U.S., 37 states require schools to teach abstinence as part of sex education. Zero states mandate that they address drug-facilitated sexual assault, otherwise known as date rape.
Axios' Alexi McCammond writes: This isn't like getting struck by lightning. Having a tasteless, colorless rohypnol — a "roofie" — dropped in your Merlot is a pervasive problem for women and men of all ages, yet students aren't taught about it. So tech companies are stepping in to help people identify and handle the problem.
Context: The number of drug-induced date rapes in the U.S. appear to be on the rise although absolute numbers don't exist, according to the Department of Justice.
Numerous companies are offering devices to detect a contaminated drink. They market straws, drink stirrers, coasters, and strip tests, among other products, to allow people to test on the spot whether their drinks have been spiked.
Alexi writes: Drug detection products, despite their flaws, are especially helpful when you have a pretty short time frame to handle being drugged. When it happened to me in college, for example, the cocktail of drugs that was slipped into my drink didn't leave my system for 72 hours. That's longer than usual, the doctor told me.
The big picture: The practice of predators — who are sometimes known to the victim — of slipping drugs in alcoholic drinks to incapacitate and take advantage of someone is more common than known because it is rarely discussed.
"It’s starting to become more a part of the conversation because more individuals are sharing their experiences with having been affected by rape drugs and drug facilitated crimes," said Danya Sherman, a student at George Washington University who founded KnoNap, which makes napkins to detect various drugs in drinks.
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One unexpected byproduct of the robotization of food — an accelerating trend we reported on last week — is an explosion of data about eaters' habits and preferences.
Kaveh writes: Companies often use this information to personalize food or ads to individual preferences. But seemingly trivial information about what and when you eat is also a gold mine that companies share with other interested parties — like your employer.
The same tradeoff at the center of the internet — personal information for convenience — is at play with trendy new food robots. When that data reveals something about employee work habits, their bosses get very interested.
Two companies that are selling drinks and food inside offices are also gathering valuable information on who buys them, and when.
"We know everything about you, everything about the drinks you ordered," said Charles Studor, Briggo's founder, said at a food robotics conference last week. "We blow [employers] away with how much data we have about customers," he said.
What they're saying: Both companies say they share aggregate usage data, not individuals' habits, with employers.
Go deeper: Automating food from farm to front door
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Depending on where you are in the U.S., as many as 43% of the drivers around you may be distracted by their phones.
Kaveh writes: That's one finding from a new report from Cambridge Mobile Telematics, a company that uses smartphone sensors to monitor how people are driving. It's used by owners of large fleets, or insurance companies that want to set rates based on how customers drive.
By the numbers:
A late dinner in Toledo, Spain. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG/Getty
Here's one more thing that separates Americans and Europeans: People are much more consistent about when they eat lunch and dinner on the eastern side of the Atlantic.
Erica writes: The Financial Times mapped out when the world likes to eat. While there are clear chunks of the day when it seems every Spaniard is taking a lunch break (2 pm to 3 pm) or every Frenchman is sitting down for dinner (7 pm to 8 pm), there's no stark trend among Americans.
Our thought bubble: We've all had days when a combination of 3 or so snacks from the office kitchen ends up taking the place of lunch. This should not, however, come to sum up the American lunch.