Thought this shit was pretty cool. Figured a few others might be interested:
For those who don't feel like reading, it's basically a bunch of Japanese kids who can do crazy ass math in their heads.
That wasn't the part that interested me so much, however. Apparently, these kids have improved their learning in all other areas as well, because they are actively using the right side of the brain (the creative side; the left is commonly referred to as the analytical side) to visualise these imaginary abaci on which they do all of their work. How that translates to other subjects I have no idea, but I find it pretty fascinating.
I know this isn't exactly new age, cutting edge science. I'd read Betty Edwards' "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" years ago. This is, however, the first time I've ever seen the concept applied to learning. I'm always intrigued by kids who display accelerated methods of learning.