Monkeys outperform humans when it comes to cognitive flexibility

When it comes to exploring new options for solving a problem, Capuchin and Rhesus monkeys show more cognitive flexibility than humans, say US scientists. Explanations. Humans live in complex environments and inevitably have to rely on incomplete information to make decisions. The logical shortcuts they…

We are all mutants, but some more than others

All babies are born with genetic mutations different from those of their parents, but some have more than others, show the work of American geneticists. At birth, newborns typically have 70 new genetic mutations compared to their parents. Landmarks The human genome is made up…

The “mechanics” of how bacteria divide explained in new study

Before a bacterium divides, there is an accumulation of mechanical stress in the cell wall, at the very place where it will separate, found Swiss scientists. Bacteria are among the first forms of life to appear on the surface of the Earth. There are thousands…

Words With Friends player data allegedly stolen for 218 million users

A known hacker claims to have obtained names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, phone numbers, and Facebook IDs from 218 million players of Words With Friends, a popular game of letters on iOS, Android, and Facebook. Words With Friends developer Zynga announced on its website on…

Birch pitch used as glue for at least 50,000 years

The oldest glue in the world, birch pitch, has been used for at least 50,000 years, by prehistoric tribes, according to a new study. Made from heat treatment of bark, this plant tar is considered the oldest known synthetic material. In fact, birch bark tar…