Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

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A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

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A real Hello Kitty +

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Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

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Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your nostalgia reflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.

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Japanese scientist teaches whale to talk +

Kamogawa Sea World

They say dolphins and whales are among the smartest creatures in the sea. A professor at the prestigous Tokai University seems to think so too. Whales communicate through a process called echolocation, which basically means they emit a sound and listens for the echos for navigation as well as communication between other whales.

Professor Tsukasa Murayama has taught Nack, a beluga whale, how to recognize and repeat 3 different sounds associated with 3 different objects.

Nack, a whale at the Kamogawa Sea World marine park near Tokyo, emits a short, high-pitched sound when he sees a swimming fin, a long, high-pitched sound when he sees goggles and a short, low-pitched sound when he sees a bucket. Tokai University professor Tsukasa Murayama started training Nack after he became dissatisfied with hand-signals currently used to communicate with dolphins and whales.

Professor Murayama has said this breakthrough is the first time a conversation with a whale has taken place. I guess he believes that usually whales, at Sea World for instance, are just following commands from trainers, and it is not a conversation. I believe this is proof just how smart whales and dolphins really are.

Kanogawa Beluga whale performance:

Beluga whales blowing bubbles in Japan:

Via Telegraph

One Response to “Japanese scientist teaches whale to talk”

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    Charles Hamel.com Says:

    Beluga Whale Communicates Vocally…

     Beluga Whale
    We have always heard stories of dolphins saving scuba divers and swimmers from shark attacks.  We here how dolphins and sharks are some of the smartest creatures on earth and how they can communicate with each other on advanced levels.

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