Sep 21, 2014 | 10:01Spark Mindful Multitasking Audio
Spark Mindful Multitasking Sep 21, 2014 | 10:01Can contemplative practices like mindfulness meditation can help us manage our busy, multitasking lives? David M. Levy, a professor at the Information School at the University of Washington and a long-time mediator, thinks so.
Sep 21, 2014 | 9:42Spark Book Traces Audio
Spark Book Traces Sep 21, 2014 | 9:42Andrew Stauffer is the lead on Book Traces -- a crowd-sourced web project to find drawings, marginalia, photos and anything else in copies of 19th and early 20th century books.
Sep 21, 2014 | 8:48Spark Twitter algorithms Audio
Spark Twitter algorithms Sep 21, 2014 | 8:48In her essay "Why Twitter Should Not Algorithmically Curate the Timeline", Zeynep Tufekci worries that Twitter will take power away from users if it adopts a Facebook-style algorithm.
Sep 21, 2014 | 8:15Spark Data Safari Audio
Spark Data Safari Sep 21, 2014 | 8:15Teddy Allen is one of the meteorologists working to rescue historical weather records which could offer valuable insights on climate change.
Sep 14, 2014 | 11:37Spark Notification vacation Audio
Spark Notification vacation Sep 14, 2014 | 11:37The smartphone brings the world to our pockets, but can also bring an obsession with receiving and responding to notifications. Dr. Larry Rosen says the relentless barrage of notifications can have adverse effects on our mental and physical health.
Sep 14, 2014 | 9:04Spark Procrastination and reminders Audio
Spark Procrastination and reminders Sep 14, 2014 | 9:04You may believe that digital reminders help you to remember to do things. Not so fast! Behavioural economist Keith Marzilli Ericson says that while reminders help you to remember a task, they may make it easier to procrastinate.
Sep 14, 2014 | 11:40Spark Digital sabbatical Audio
Spark Digital sabbatical Sep 14, 2014 | 11:40Journalist David Roberts grew so compulsive in his use of digital technology that he was staying online until 2:00 or 3:00 am. He hit Twitter's daily tweet limit. So he took a leave of absence and went (mostly) offline for a full year.
Sep 14, 2014 | 14:21Spark The End of Absence Audio
Spark The End of Absence Sep 14, 2014 | 14:21Have we lost the value of absence by being constantly connected? In his new book The End of Absence, Michael Harris explores the downside of constant connectivity - the ability to embrace solitude, to daydream, and just enjoy the reverie.
Sep 7, 2014 | 12:20Spark The Organized Mind Audio
Spark The Organized Mind Sep 7, 2014 | 12:20Neuroscience has a lot to tell us about the brain and our capacity for attention. Daniel Levitin, in his new book The Organized Mind, uses that research for practical tips on being organized.
Sep 7, 2014 | 8:59Spark Unlimited vacation Audio
Spark Unlimited vacation Sep 7, 2014 | 8:59Did you get enough vacation time this summer? What if you could take as much time as you wanted? Greg Raiz instituted an "unlimited vacation" policy at his company because he thinks it helps attract talent and improves company culture.
Sep 7, 2014 | 9:37Spark Designing lunch Audio
Spark Designing lunch Sep 7, 2014 | 9:37Design firm IDEO helped redesign school cafeterias in San Francisco, and found that getting students to eat lunch often has very little to do with food.
Sep 7, 2014 | 10:51Spark Teaching computers to see Audio
Spark Teaching computers to see Sep 7, 2014 | 10:51Researchers are getting better and better at building computer systems that can see and understand the world around us. Olga Russakovsky and Geoffrey E. Hinton weigh in on this year's Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge results.