Small animals with big impact — ScienceDaily

Copepods, the world’s most common animal, release unique substances into the oceans. Concentrations of these substances are high enough to affect the marine food web, according to new research from the University of Gothenburg. The studies also show that phytoplankton in the oceans detect the special scent of copepods and do their utmost to avoid…

Machos smell better — ScienceDaily

Male house mice produce several pheromones, which are volatile and non-volatile chemical signals that have potent effects on the reproductive physiology and behavior of females. A recent study conducted by researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna now shows that female house mice are attracted to the scent of dominant males, and that these males produce higher levels…

Improving researchers’ abilities to forecast epidemics — ScienceDaily

An annual influenza season forecasting challenge issued by the US Centers for Disease Control provides unique insight into epidemic forecasting, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. The study, conducted by a large team of researchers, including biocomplexity scientist Matteo Convertino of Japan’s Hokkaido University, analysed the forecasts of 14 predictive models…

A study analyses the selective attention processes that determine how we explore and interact with our environment — ScienceDaily

Researchers examined the visual response of 113 individuals when observing prehistoric ceramics belonging to different styles and societies. The ceramics analysed cover 4,000 years (from 4000 B.C. to the change of era) of Galician prehistory (north-west Iberia), and are representative of ceramic styles, such as bell-beaker pottery, found throughout Europe. The results indicate that the…