1. On Monday, Iran proudly announced to the world that it had launched a monkey into space and successfully brought it back to Earth alive. But something is amiss: Upon further inspection, it appears the monkey that returned from space doesn’t match the monkey that left. 

    Did Iran fake its space monkey mission?

     

  2. The 10 weirdest new species of 2012. It’s estimated that Earth is home to at least 8 million living species, and every year scientists add 15,000 to 20,000 new discoveries to that tally. 

    A monkey that sneezes when it rains, a walking cactus, meaty millipede, a kite-like jellyfish and 6 other newly categorized species 

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  3. Meet Santino, a super-smart chimpanzee living in the Furuvik Zoo in Sweden who has received a lot of attention lately for his learned ability to outsmart his human spectators.

    One day in 2010, Santino was apparently fed up with being ogled, so he scared visitors away by aggressively flinging stones. (No one was hit.) Later that same day, when a different group of people approached his pen, the chimp came up with a new idea. "Santino approached them holding two stones, but this time appearing nonaggressive and munching on an apple." When he got close enough, the sly primate let the rocks fly, taking the humans by surprise. 

    In a new study published in the journal PLoS One, researchers suggest that the chimp’s deceptions hint at a deep level of thinking once only associated with humans