Generosity leads to evolutionary success, biologists show
With new insights into the classical game theory match-up known as the "Prisoner's Dilemma," University of Pennsylvania biologists offer a mathematically based explanation for why cooperation and generosity have evolved in ...
Facing a judge? Study says go early or after lunch
If you have to face a judge, try for first thing in the morning or right after lunch. A new study suggests that's when they're most lenient.
Game theory analysis shows how evolution favors cooperation's collapse
Last year, University of Pennsylvania researchers Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B. Plotkin published a mathematical explanation for why cooperation and generosity have evolved in nature. Using the classical game theory ...
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Extortioners are only temporarily successful, game theory experiment demonstrates
(Phys.org) —Nice people are not always good people. Those who have always felt this intuitively can feel vindicated by the results of a recently published theoretical study: For the so-called Prisoner's ...
Bacteria offer insights into human decision making
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists studying how bacteria under stress collectively weigh and initiate different survival strategies say they have gained new insights into how humans make strategic decisions that ...
Aging cells lose their grip on DNA rogues
(Phys.org)—Transposable elements are mobile strands of DNA that insert themselves into chromosomes with mostly harmful consequences. Cells try to keep them locked down, but in a new study, Brown University ...
Bacteria use chat to play the 'Prisoner's Dilemma' game in deciding their fate
When faced with life-or-death situations, bacteria and maybe even human cells use an extremely sophisticated version of "game theory" to consider their options and decide upon the best course ...
Internet 'trolls' face being named under new bill
Websites such as Facebook and Twitter will receive greater protection from lawsuits if they identify internet "trolls" accused of defaming others under a bill being debated in Britain's House of Commons on ...
Head of hacker-powered stock scam sent to prison
A US man was sent to prison on Monday for orchestrating a hacker-powered scam to pump up stock prices and then dump inflated shares, raking in millions of dollars.
Pirate Bay co-founder detained in Sweden
The co-founder of The Pirate Bay filesharing website was on Friday detained in Sweden, days after his deportation from Cambodia, officials said.
UC research examines how white-collar criminals adjust to prison life
White-collar criminals – those convicted of fraud, embezzlement, tax violation, anti-trust and other business offenses—have no more problems adjusting to prison than those in a general prison population.
Two sentenced to US prison for copyright piracy
Two members of an Internet piracy group were sentenced to prison Friday on charges stemming from unauthorized online distribution of first-run films, officials said.
Three-strikes law fails to reduce crime
California's three-strikes law has not reduced violent crime, but has contributed significantly to the state's financial woes by substantially increasing the prison population, according to a University of ...