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Dolphin Memories Span At Least 20 Years 110

sciencehabit writes "A new study reveals that bottlenose dolphins can remember each other's signature contact whistles — calls that function as names — for more than 20 years, the longest social memory ever recorded for a nonhuman animal. 'The ability to remember individuals is thought to be extremely important to the "social brain,"' says Janet Mann, a marine mammal biologist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., who was not involved in the research. Yet, she notes, no one has succeeded in designing a test for this talent in the great apes — our closest kin — let alone in dolphins."
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Dolphin Memories Span At Least 20 Years

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  • by eksith ( 2776419 ) on Wednesday August 07, 2013 @01:58PM (#44500059) Homepage
    ...we'd be in so much trouble. It seems like there's a never ending list of surprises from these creatures.
  • Crap (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 07, 2013 @02:04PM (#44500143)

    I should probably apologize for a few things, then.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 07, 2013 @02:21PM (#44500393)

    Even if they had thumbs, I think they'd have a hard time discovering fire. ;)

  • by Joiseybill ( 788712 ) on Wednesday August 07, 2013 @02:24PM (#44500431)
    With the conservative life span of current magnetic media at between 10-20 years, and (average) optical CD/ DVDs considerably less, the NSA has begun a pilot program code named "Faa love Pa" While the acronym is not clear, the Senate Intel Cmte. lauded this as a "green" initiative, and is encouraging tuna fisheries to collect living dolphins for use in the project. Dolphin memory lasts 20 years or more, reducing the need for additional rare-earth metals and greatly reduced electricity consumption. Dolphin memory is self-replicating, tolerant to mild EMF and power fluctuations, and primarily only requires renewable resources such as salt water and baitfish. The only technical hurdles researchers see are effectively encoding/decoding the massive amounts of illegally gathered data into dolphin-discrete packages, and the bandwidth needed to read/write operations. Researchers have not yet determined the optimal facility size, nor how the pods will best perform in cohesive groups. Dolphins are also ill-suited for complex elliptic-curve cryptography, opting instead for elliptic-curve swimming. Dolphin computing is not new. Natural behaviors include computing standards like PUSH and JUMP, and many have been trained to perform parallel operations. Those animals sourced from Chinese waters will be culled from the "pool" for security reasons. Another feature is the reduced disposal requirements. When the new dolphin media is replaced, old media is effectively rendered useless to forensic recovery techniques, and can be disposed of to feed other animals or in simple 'compost' rather than more costly recycling efforts.
  • by Rhacman ( 1528815 ) on Wednesday August 07, 2013 @02:41PM (#44500687)
    Great, so now DOGS are posting on Slashdot!

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