I agree with all of this. Not to sound harsh but right now the game is unplayable due to the amount of bugs in this patch. Here are some things to add to it:
1. At least in my game, I have a water pump and a well, yet nuggets usually don't go to drink water from ANYWHERE and die from dehydration.
2. Even after assigning a nugget to the hospital nuggets still don't use it, even when there are Herbs.
3. Nuggets get stuck in a loop randomly.
4. Sometimes when assigning to the Engineers Hut they don't always work, it just says whatever they were doing before, in my instance it was "waiting to mate".
I agree the balance with research really needs to be looked at. I have not had a civilization past 9 people and just end up dying out. I really hope there is at least a hotfix before the next update.