May 15, 2011 | 6:19Spark Microchips for the Brain with Dr. Peter Carlen and Roman Genov Audio
Spark Microchips for the Brain with Dr. Peter Carlen and Roman Genov May 15, 2011 | 6:19Since we've got the human brain on the, ahem, brain, research being done at Toronto Western Hospital caught our eye. Scientists are developing a microchip that interacts with brain tissue and could one day make epileptic seizures obsolete. Nora dropped by the lab to meet Dr. Peter Carlen, a neuroscientist who runs the lab and Roman Genov, an associate professor of electrical engineering from the University of Toronto who is part of the project.
Dec 8, 2013 | 13:39Spark Digital Market Manipulation Audio
Spark Digital Market Manipulation Dec 8, 2013 | 13:39Shopping online this holiday season? Ryan Calo on a future of 'digital market manipulation', where emerging technologies may make it possible to market based the vulnerabilities of consumers.
Jan 26, 2014 | 9:33Spark Music, memory, sleep Audio
Spark Music, memory, sleep Jan 26, 2014 | 9:33Neuroscientist Dan Wetmore and his colleagues at startup Sheepdog Sciences are developing a wearable device that will use music to help turn your short-term memories into long-term memories, all while you are sleeping.
Feb 9, 2014 | 8:14Spark The quantified breakup Audio
Spark The quantified breakup Feb 9, 2014 | 8:14Like the song goes, it's Heartaches by the Number. When Lam Thuy Vo went through a painful breakup last summer, she began a Tumblr that documented her emotional life in charts and graphs.
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.
Nov 2, 2014 | 53:59Spark 264: Truth, rumours, fake news, and misattribution in a digital age. Audio
Spark 264: Truth, rumours, fake news, and misattribution in a digital age. Nov 2, 2014 | 53:59A look at the push and pull of truth, rumour, misattribution, and the way news stories and art change and morph on the internet as they become viral.
Nov 23, 2014 | 6:43Spark Why your hands are the windows to your mind Audio
Spark Why your hands are the windows to your mind Nov 23, 2014 | 6:43Human hands are incredibly expressive, but the gadgets we use don't take advantage of all the information they carry. Microsoft Research's Ken Hinckley is working to change that, by developing a tablet and stylus that can tell how they're being gripped.
May 13, 2012 | 6:22Spark The Descriptive Camera with inventor Matt Richardson Audio
Spark The Descriptive Camera with inventor Matt Richardson May 13, 2012 | 6:22Is a picture worth a thousand words? According to Matt Richardson: not really. Richardson is the creator of the Descriptive Camera. The device is like a Polaroid, but with words -- instead of producing a photo, the camera prints out a hand-crafted text description of whatever it sees.
Jan 22, 2012 | 5:37Spark Digital Trap Streets with Edward Birnbaum Audio
Spark Digital Trap Streets with Edward Birnbaum Jan 22, 2012 | 5:37Can't find that street that shows up on your car's GPS? It could be an honest mistake, or it could be the digital equivalent of an old cartography trick - intentional fake streets, towns, and parks that mapmakers intentionally put in to protect their work. Called 'trap streets' or 'copyright easter eggs' the practice has taken a whole new direction in the digital age, with some strange possible outcomes and Spark contributor Edward Birnbaum tells us all about it.