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E.O. Wilson, Renowned Ant Researcher, Dies at 92
The naturalist was recognized for his work on social behavior and pheromones in ants and as a champion of wildlife conservation.
E.O. Wilson, Renowned Ant Researcher, Dies at 92
E.O. Wilson, Renowned Ant Researcher, Dies at 92

The naturalist was recognized for his work on social behavior and pheromones in ants and as a champion of wildlife conservation.

The naturalist was recognized for his work on social behavior and pheromones in ants and as a champion of wildlife conservation.

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Exposure to Chemical from Babies Linked to Aggression
Chloe Tenn | Nov 22, 2021
A study finds that the odorless compound hexadecanal, or HEX, increases aggressive behavior in women but has a calming effect on men.
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Fruit Flies Hide Their Eggs in Plain View
Karl Gruber | Jun 1, 2019
Chemical cues help Drosophila mask their eggs from predators.
Researchers Look to Sex Pheromones to Trap an Invasive Snake
Steve Graff | Jul 1, 2018
The brown tree snake has wreaked havoc on the island of Guam, but one solution to the problem could lie in the serpent’s own physiology.
Do Human Pheromones Exist?
Diana Kwon | Jan 23, 2018
Despite the prevalence of pheromone products on the market, substantial evidence that they can induce sexual attraction is lacking.
Image of the Day: Butterfly Wing Scents
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Nov 13, 2017
In Heliconius butterflies, researchers discover the importance of a male wing structure in female choice. 
Insect Deploys Anti-Antiaphrodisiac
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2017
Female plant bugs produce a compound to counter males’ attempts to render the females unattractive to other mates.
Image of the Day: Smells like Royalty
The Scientist Staff | May 8, 2017
Indian jumping ants, Harpegnathos saltator, can identify future queens based on a pheromone produced by the royal larvae.
How to Make a New Species
Ruth Williams | Jul 1, 2015
Scientists mutate a mating pheromone and its corresponding receptor in yeast to promote speciation.
GM Wheat Fails in the Field
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 26, 2015
A field trial of wheat genetically engineered to resist aphids fails to measure up to lab tests.
Behavior Brief
Jenny Rood | May 21, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Rat Odors Teach Fear
Kerry Grens | Jul 30, 2014
Rodent pups can learn to fear a stimulus through the odor signals given by their mother.
Unraveling the Female Fruit Fly Mating Circuit
Kate Yandell | Jul 2, 2014
Three teams identify different components of the female Drosophila nervous system that govern mating behaviors.
Fatty Pheromones
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jul 1, 2014
A new class of pheromones, triacylglycerides, helps male fruit flies mark their mates to deter rivals.
Pheromone Factories
Kerry Grens | Feb 26, 2014
Genetically modified tobacco plants produce pheromones that can trap pests.  
Lifespan Tied to Pheromones
Kerry Grens | Dec 2, 2013
In worms and flies, the presence of the opposite sex can reduce longevity.
Week in Review: September 30–October 4
Tracy Vence | Oct 4, 2013
Scientists feel the shutdown’s sting; dogs comprehend human cues; lab-grown secretory glands; whether online comments help or hurt science
Pheromone for the Young
Jef Akst | Oct 2, 2013
Researchers identify a compound in juvenile mice that inhibits the sexual advances of adult males.
Get a Whiff of This
Mary Beth Aberlin | Oct 1, 2013
An issue devoted to the latest research on how smells lead to actions
Contributors
Kate Yandell | Oct 1, 2013
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2013 issue of The Scientist.