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The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

The inspiration for modern MRI brain scanners was built before World War I began, the Titanic sank, and humans took flight. Now neuroscientists are trying to give its inventor his due credit.

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Falling In Love With Language — Through The Power Of Hymns

Critic Juan Vidal has an appreciation of the hymn — its rhythm, sonorous language, discipline and structure. "No matter where you stand on heaven and hell," he writes, "there is power in a hymn."

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When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.

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Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean

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At Life's Last Threshold, Choir Brings Comfort

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Nearer My God to Thee Eileen Ivers
Running Goapele
Over and Over Jeffrey Gaines

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More Than Just 'Somebody': Kimbra's New Groove

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Alone in Kyoto Air
Are You Awake? Kevin Shields
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Kidnapped Russian Journalist: No One Is Paying Attention

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The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

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Minuetto from Quartet No. 6 in G Minor

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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

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Snake Dance John Scofield
Walking By Your Side Manu Katché

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Smokey Robinson Sings The Hits, With A Few Good Friends

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