Scientists Have Discovered A Way To Teach Pigeons To Detect Cancer


(PCM) Scientists have now discovered a way to teach pigeons to detect certain types of cancer. According to,  the birds offer great potential as testers of cancer detection technology and as a help in doctor training. It turns out that they are fantastic detectives.

Research indicated that pigeons have much better eye sight than humans and are able to see more wavelengths of light than the human eye. They are able to use visual clues to place various objects in to categories, as well as, learn the letters of the alphabet and recognize individuals even if they are wearing different clothing.

Dr. Richard Levenson of the University of California-Davis medical center decided to further explore the pigeons abilities and see if the birds would be able to learn the art of pathology which consists of mostly visual recall. goes on to explain, for the experiment, eight birds were placed in a high-tech box in which they were shown an image a scientist would see under the microscope, along with two boxes. The slides showed relatively straightforward images of cancer cells, and cells that are not cancerous, from actual breast tissue samples. The scientists trained the birds to peck at one box if the sample was malignant, the other if it was benign. The birds trained with 144 images at different magnifications and each got a pellet when it pecked at the box with the right answer.

The birds were trained for a period of 15 days and they were able to tell the difference in tissues even with images they had never seen previously. Collectively the pigeons got the answer right about 85% of the time. The study is a huge innovation in the medical community, but don’t expect pigeons to be replacing doctors in radiology labs anytime soon. It is the hope that with this study that there might perhaps be a way to hone in on the pigeons skills and use them as a teaching tool to help students and doctors with areas that they may be struggling with in making a diagnosis.


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New Lawsuit Claims Louisiana Amusement Park Lets Chimpanzee Smoke Cigarettes


(PCM) Animal rights activists in Louisiana have filed a lawsuit to have a chimpanzee named Candy removed from a Baton Rouge amusement park. The suit claims that the amusement park staff and Candy’s caretakers allow the chimpanzee to smoke cigarettes and drink highly caffeinated soft drinks rather than water.

The lawsuit, which sums up a battle that has been going on for years, goes on to claim that Candy is kept in a cage that is both inadequate in size and isolated. The animal rights activists feel that Candy should be relocated to an animal sanctuary to live out the rest of her days.

The activists claim that by allowing amusement park visitors to throw items, including lit cigarettes into Candy’s cage, which she then smokes, is a direct violation of the Endangered Species Act.  This lawsuit is the first filed under a new federal rule that requires captive chimps get the same protection as wild chimps and they are all classified as an endangered species.

An attorney for the amusement park claims that the animal rights activists fail to understand that there has been an attempt to relocate Candy in the past and she did not take well to the new environment so she was returned.  The amusement park was cited back in 2012 for failure to provide water for Candy and their claim was that she didn’t like it and will only drink Coca-Cola.

When experts made a visit to check on Candy’s condition they, however offered her water and she drank it willingly. Water is essential to all life! The amusement park has not yet made a statement in regards to the newly filed lawsuit and currently Candy still resides in Baton Rouge Park.

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Mattel Fights Gender Stereotypes With “Fierce” Moschino Barbie Ad


(PCM) In the midst of strong sale declines, Mattel has made another attempt to rebrand themselves, as well as, fight gender stereotypes with their new ad for Moschino Barbie. For the first time in Mattel’s history the ad featured a boy playing with the doll as he adorably utters the phrase “So fierce”!

The ad seems to have had a positive impact for the company as everyone is loving the young boy and many are praising Mattel for taking a stand against gender norms. It is Mattel’s hope that this ad will open up their company to an entirely new demographic of customers. The holiday shopping season is fast-approaching so the timing for the ad could not have been any better for the company.

Mattel has tried to rebrand itself and Barbie in the past, however their efforts have previously backfired, especially when it came to the 2010 doll and book “Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer”. While it may have seemed like a great idea at the time, the book showed that Barbie still needed assistance from her male counterparts for the computer engineer job and Mattel received a ton of critical backlash.

What do you think of the new Barbie Moschino ad? Will it be enough to put the company back in the green again this holiday season?

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Oxford Dictionaries Reveal Their Word Of The Year, Which Is Not Actually A Word!


(PCM) Each year Oxford Dictionaries choose a word of the year and while they have had some questionable choices in the past, this year’s winner really takes the cake.

The winner of this year’s Oxford Dictionaries word of the year is not actually a word at all, but rather the pictograph officially titled “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji! Yes, that’s right, an emoji has been chosen at the word of year!

Oxford Dictionaries claim that they chose the emoji pictograph because it “best reflected the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015”. The “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji was the most used emoji globally throughout the year.

Even the word emoji itself has seen a huge increase in usage over the last few years tripling the amount of times it was used in 2014. Emojis are no longer something that only teens incorporate into text speak. They have become part of everyday language and expression and can cross every language barrier.

Other words that were notable contenders for the 2015 Oxford Dictionaries Word of The Year included sharing economy, on fleek, ad blocker, refugee, Dark Web and lumbersexual!

What do you think about this year’s Word of the Year choice? Sound off below!

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Crocodiles, Tigers And Piranhas May Be Used To Guard Prisoners In Indonesia


(PCM) What initially began as a joke may indeed to turn to reality as Indonesia’s anti-drug czar claims that the country would like to incorporate the use of crocodiles, tigers and piranhas to guard their inmates on death row to prevent escapes.

Budi Waseso, the National Narcotics Agency chief, says that he has already obtained two crocodiles from a farm to study their aggression and power and would like to see 1,000 of them put into place to prevent convicts from making an escape from prison.

He goes on to say that the number of crocodiles put in place would depend upon how large the area is and that perhaps they could incorporate piranha’s into the plan as well. There is also some thought of using tigers as it would be a way to assist with the conservation of these animals as well.

Waseso says that prison personnel numbers are shrinking, so adding in the animals to assist the guards would be quite an economical idea. In speaking with TVOne channel, Waseso chastised critics who said his plans to use animals as prison guards was against the human rights of convicts.

“We have to look at the whole problem,” he said. “These people are murderers – mass murderers. Shouldn’t we also look at the human rights of their victims?”

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Birthday Wishes For Artist Georgia O’Keeffe


(PCM) Famous modern artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887 and passed away on March 6, 1986. O’Keeffe is listed among some of the most famous artist in the world and is often referred to as the “Mother of American modernism” in the art realm.

She is best-known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, but she also painted several abstract city scene during her time living in New York and various desert landscapes during the later years in her life when she resided in New Mexico. In fact, so many of O’Keeffe’s most famous paintings feature scenes from the New Mexican desert that many people believed that she was actually a native to that area of the country. Surprisingly, O’Keeffe grew up on a very prominent dairy farm in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

O’Keeffe studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1905 to 1906. In 1907, she attended the Art Students League in New York City, where she studied under William Merritt Chase. In 1908, she won the League’s William Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil painting Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot. Her prize was a scholarship to attend the League’s outdoor summer school in Lake George, New York. While in the city in 1908, O’Keeffe attended an exhibition of Rodin’s watercolors at the gallery 291, owned by her future husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

Stieglitz started photographing O’Keeffe when she visited him in New York to see her 1917 exhibition. By 1937, when he retired from photography, he had made more than 350 portraits of her. Most of the more erotic photographs were made in the 1910s and early 1920s. In February 1921, forty-five of Stieglitz’s photographs, including many of O’Keeffe, some of which depicted her in the nude, were exhibited in a retrospective exhibition at the Anderson Galleries that created a public sensation.

By the mid-1920s, O’Keeffe began making large-scale paintings of natural forms at close range, as if seen through a magnifying lens. In 1924 she painted her first large-scale flower painting Petunia, No. 2, which was first exhibited in 1925. She was also married to Stieglitz in 1924. After her husbands death O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico and was inspired by the landscape to create numerous well-known paintings up until the time of her passing.

In 1972, O’Keeffe’s eyesight was compromised by macular degeneration, leading to the loss of central vision and leaving her with only peripheral vision. She stopped oil painting without assistance in 1972, but continued working in pencil and charcoal until 1984. In 1976, she wrote a book about her art and allowed a film to be made about her in 1977.After her death in 1986,  in accordance with her wishes, her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered to the wind at the top of Pedernal Mountain, over her beloved “faraway”.

In celebration of what would have been O’Keeffe’s 128th birthday here are five facts that you may not know about her life

  1. She often painted from the backseat of her beloved Model-A Ford. She would remove the driver’s seat. Then she would unbolt the passenger car, turn it around to face the back seat. Then she would lay the canvas on the back seat as an easel and paint.
  2. She would completely immerse herself in nature to become one with her subject, no matter the weather or environmental hazards. While in New Mexico O’Keeffe spent summers and falls at her Ghost Ranch, putting up with the region’s hottest, most stifling days in order to capture its most vivid colors. She would rig up tents from tarps, contend with unrelenting downpours, and paint with gloves on when it got too cold. She went camping well into her 70s.
  3. Talk about a lengthy love story! O’Keeffe and her husband Alfred Stiegliz are said to have written 25,000 pages of love letter to one another.  The pair began writing to each other in 1916, often (sometimes two or three times a day) and at length (as many as 40 pages at a time). These preserved writings chart the progression of their romance—from flirtation to affair to their marriage in 1924—and even document their marital struggles.
  4. O’Keeffe actually quit painting on three different occasions. The first time was to help her family with the struggle of financial burdens, the second time was due to a nervous breakdown and the third was later in life when her eyesight was failing leaving her unable to paint.
  5. After she was unable to paint, O’Keeffe still kept her artistic spirit alive and well and turned to sculpting.

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