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When Blind People Do Algebra, The Brain's Visual Areas Light Up

A study of 17 people who have been blind since birth found that areas of the brain usually devoted to visual information become active when a blind person is solving math problems.

Thinly Vieled Threat Jon Durant
Red Balloon Alison Brown Quartet
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Edelweiss [From The Sound of Music] Pink Martini & The von Trapps
Sound of Music Howard McGhee

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A Diversified Economy Cushions Columbus, Ohio, From Downturns

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Melted Teacup Moodswings
The Roots of Coincidence Pat Metheny Group
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Strange Meeting Bill Frisell, Dave Holland et. al.

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Pundits Vs. Machine: Predicting Controversies In The Presidential Race

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Tasty Leon Huff
Snake Catcher John Zorn
Room Mike Keneally & The Metropole Orchestra
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Study: Violent Crime And Murders Slightly On The Rise This Year In Largest Cities

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Vision Steve Tibbetts, Marc Anderson et. al.
Child's Play Carl Weingarten
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Modern World Ray Obiedo
Love and Mathematics Broken Social Scene
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Frog and Toad The Bad Plus

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'The Face Of Britain' Tells A Nation's History Through Portraits

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Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36 [Nimrod]
Freight Train Julian Lage
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