a statement that is at variance with itself (often in the phrase a contradiction in terms )
conflict or inconsistency, as between events, qualities, etc
contradiction. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved September 07, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/contradiction
From the story under the headline:
“It does not mean that they talk like humans, only that they communicate with sound made in the same way,” Madsen told LiveScience.
So the study suggests that dolphins talk like humans…except for that part where the author of the study says that they’re not suggesting that.
I realize that the author of the article doesn’t write the headline…but, if I may be so bold, I offer a small suggestion for editors everywhere: It might help if you actually read the article before writing a headline that directly contradicts it.