You can’t look at Dan Matheson's résumé and not be a little curious—four World Series rings with the New York Yankees, his name on the entry sign at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and an investigator with the NCAA.
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A new study has found that pigeons are nearly as good as people at distinguishing cancerous breast tissue from normal breast tissue. The findings add to previous research into pigeons’ remarkable ability to discriminate between complex visual images and may lead to the birds being trained as medical image observers.
Footage of pecking, mammography-reading pigeons may seem hilarious, but it’s serious business for Edward A. Wasserman, a UI professor of experimental psychology. Reading medical images, he said, “requires a kind of perceptual sophistication beyond mere words.” That’s where the pigeon steps in.