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  1. Researchers Find Hints of Dolphin Culture, Social Network Tendencies

    Curiouser and curiouser!

    Does anyone else ever get the feeling that dolphins just have the best of it? Aside from us destroying their environment (which is kind of a bummer), dolphins just seem kind of like what humans might be like if we just let everything go and relaxed. They're already similar to us in some pretty striking ways; they even have genes that are homologous with humans. Now, new research is suggesting that dolphins may also form what we humans call "cliques," and all based on what kind of functional fashion their fellow dolphins are wearing.

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  2. Could Whales and Dolphins Get Legal Rights Within Our Lifetimes?

    The Future Is Now!

    Such is the question posed (and that will eventually by answered) by Steven M. Wise. In the past few decades, biologists have whittled away at what were once considered to be exclusively human traits. The research of Jane Goodall, for example, that showed that Chimpanzees are capable of using and modifying objects in their surroundings as tools, was incredibly controversial in its day. Decades later, we have scientists openly considering the idea of reclassifying dolphins as "non-human persons" rather than animals. (Or, to my nerdy mind, reclassifying them as ramen instead of varelse.) Whether or not this should happen or will happen is not really something I'm prepared to make definitive statements about. But I do find it fascinating that there's enough science out there on the subject that we've come to the point where anyone is seriously considering a campaign to give cetaceans legal rights as persons instead of objects.

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  3. Lisa Frank Now Has A Clothing Line; Is Offering Adult Sizes

    Good News Everyone!

    I bet you didn't know that Lisa Frank has a retail website. I bet you didn't know that it looks like the late 90's. Okay, well that's not particularly surprising, I'll grant you. But I'm willing to bet that you haven't yet heard of their most recent additions to their online retail offerings: clothing. Some of which is in adult sizes. A realization that a number of media makers are coming to these days is that it's finally the right time to start making money of the nostalgia of people born in the mid-to-late-eighties, and for those of you who think that the rehashing of decades old properties is emblematic of regression in the mainstream creative process and creating a stagnation in modern cinema and fashion I am going to have to say in this specific instance SHUT UP AND GIVE ME SEASON THREE OF PETE & PETE. *ahem* Shall we examine what's on offer?

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  4. Dog Wants to be Dolphin, Almost Succeeds

    Awwwwww

    The studio's attempts to film a Rin Tin Tin/Flipper crossover were subsequently abandoned.

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  5. We Might Be Able to Have Conversations With Dolphins

    Just What You've Always Wanted

    Scientists are hard at work, trying to make it possible for us to not just communicate with dolphins, but to figure out a way for them to reciprocate and respond. And they are prepared to collaborate with dolphins to create another whole language! Somebody's been watching seaQuest DSV on Netflix, haven't they?

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  6. A Cat and a Dolphin, Making Friends [Video]

    Awwwwww

    You know that once they become friends on Facebook, they'll probably never actually hang out again. (Neatorama)

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  7. The Most Adorable Thing You’ll See Today: A Cat and Dolphins Loving Each Other [Video]

    Like barbecue ribs and whipped cream (which is, surprisingly, not bad) or cookies and ketchup (which, unsurprisingly, tastes exactly how it sounds it would), the above video shows another extremely unlikely combination--a cat and some dolphins. From the side of what appears to be a boat or dock, the cat, adorably named Thunder, nuzzles on some dolphins that seem to be petting Thunder with their noses. Adorable.

    (Super Punch via Neatorama)

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  8. Brave Cop Grabs Dolphin Toy From Highway Barrier

    Awwwwww

    In news that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, a New Zealand police officer used "his years of training" to retrieve a beloved stuffed dolphin that was thrown out the window and onto a busy highway by a four-year-old girl. Obviously, this is not a gigantic deal, but we just like how very seriously the official report documents this incident.

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  9. Dolphins Can Recognize Their Own Reflections [Video]

    These dolphins aren't just being cute in this CNN video because they think their reflections are other dolphins. They are actually recognizing themselves and enjoying their own reflections, proving that their intelligence surpasses your regular, everyday sea-dweller. (CNN via Icanhascheezburger.com and Jezebel)

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  10. Sonofabastich: Guy Ritchie Is Off of Lobo Movie

    The LA Times recently reported that Guy Ritchie is off of the Lobo movie so that he can spend his time making a sequel to Sherlock Holmes. To which we said: "They're making a Lobo movie?!" Apparently: yes, since Joel Silver affirms that Warner Brothers is still interested in everyone's favorite genocidal Super Saiyan, space biker, KISS fan and dolphin lover; just with a different director.

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