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  1. Dolphin Whistle Translator Interprets Dolphin Sounds to Human Speech Live for the First Time

    "So long, and thanks for all the fish!" We're screwed.

    Imagine how you'd react if your cat just started speaking English to you. (Yeah, you're a geek on the Internet, so I took a wild guess that you have a cat.) Now, you have a pretty decent idea of what Denise Herzing felt like when she heard a dolphin speak English to her through an electronic translator for the first time.

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  2. Hey, Everybody, Watch This Elephant Speak Korean!

    I mean, not speak it like terribly well or anything, but still! This is Koshik, an elephant at a South Korean theme park who has picked up a couple words of korean language that he can vocalize to his trainers by sticking his trunk in his mouth. Researchers have just finished a two year study of the animal, trying to understand how it came to imitate human language so accurately. Well, accurately for an elephant. Don't take our word for it, though -- listen for yourself in the following video.

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