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NYU developing HIV antibodies and RNA test in a single POC
(New York University) NYU College of Dentistry has received a sub-award in the amount of $335,000 from a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from NIH to complete the development of a fully automated self-confirming assay that can simultaneously detect HIV/AIDS antibodies and viral RNA from the AIDS virus in a single specimen.

When attention is a deficit
(Princeton University) During tasks that require our attention, we might become so engrossed in what we are doing that we fail to notice there is a better way to get the job done. A new study published today in the journal Neuron explores the question of how the brain switches from an ongoing strategy to a new and potentially more efficient one.

Love the cook: Attraction to comfort food linked to positive social connections
(University at Buffalo) A big bowl of mashed potatoes. What about spaghetti and meatballs? Sushi? Regardless of what you identify as comfort food, it's likely the attraction to that dish is based on having a good relationship with the person you remember first preparing it, according to the results of a new study by a University at Buffalo research team.

Launch of new partnership arrangement for future operation of NPL
(National Physical Laboratory) Today the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills formally signed a partnership agreement with the Universities of Strathclyde and Surrey which will set a new strategic direction for the future of the National Physical Laboratory.

A long-standing mystery in membrane traffic was solved
(The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) In a recent issue of Science, published on March 27, 2015, a research team, led by Tae-Young Yoon of the Department of Physics at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Reinhard Jahn of the Department of Neurobiology of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, reports that NSF/α-SNAP disassemble a single SNARE complex using various single-molecule biophysical methods that allow them to monitor and manipulate individual protein complexes.

Research on medical abortion and miscarriage may change international routines
(Karolinska Institutet) Two scientific studies led by researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet are expected to form the basis of new international recommendations for the treatment of medical abortions and miscarriages. Both studies are being published in the journal 'The Lancet'.

Smaller plates, smaller portions? Not always
(University of Connecticut) It may have become conventional wisdom that you can trick yourself into eating less if you use a smaller plate. But a UConn Health study finds that trick doesn't work for everyone, particularly overweight teens.

Teenagers shape each other's views on how risky a situation is
(University College London) Young adolescents' judgements on how risky a situation might be are most influenced by what other teenagers think, while most other age groups are more influenced by adults' views, finds new UCL research.For the study, published in Psychological Science, 563 visitors to the London Science Museum were asked to rate the riskiness of everyday situations such as crossing a road on a red light or taking a shortcut through a dark alley.

85 college students tried to draw the Apple logo from memory. 84 failed.
(University of California - Los Angeles) Of 85 UCLA undergraduate students, only one correctly recalled the Apple logo when asked to draw it on a blank sheet of paper, UCLA psychologists found. Fewer than half correctly identified the logo when shown several options.

Domestic violence victims may be hurt by mandatory arrest laws
(University of Akron) Mandatory arrest is a law enforcement policy that was created in an effort to curb domestic violence. But a recent study by sociologists Dr. Robert Peralta at The University of Akron and Meghan Novisky of Kent State University suggests that the law may be intimidating victims from actually calling the police to report an instance of abuse.

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