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Software Carpentry

Carpentry is a handy thing to know: build a shelf...repair a table…do some computer programming? Greg Wilson says his volunteer organization Software Carpentry aims to make scientists more productive by teaching them basic computing skills.

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Spark - Responsive architectureMar 2, 2014 | 11:08Spark Responsive architecture Audio
Spark Responsive architecture Mar 2, 2014 | 11:08Urban designer Rodolphe el-Khoury argues that computer scientists and engineers built the web, but now it's the architects' turn, as they design for a future where the home is a computer.
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Spark Software Carpentry Mar 2, 2014 | 9:10Carpentry is a handy thing to know: build a shelf...repair a table…do some computer programming? Greg Wilson says his volunteer organization Software Carpentry aims to make scientists more productive by teaching them basic computing skills.
Spark - In the Air, TonightMar 2, 2014 | 7:08Spark In the Air, Tonight Audio
Spark In the Air, Tonight Mar 2, 2014 | 7:08Light up a building with tweets about #homelessness. Dave Colangelo on his project In the Air Tonight, a massive public data visualization on the campus of Ryerson University.
Spark - Speech Donors with Professor Rupal PatelFeb 23, 2014 | 12:13Spark Speech Donors with Professor Rupal Patel Audio
Spark Speech Donors with Professor Rupal Patel Feb 23, 2014 | 12:13Until now, people living with severe speech disorders only had a few computerized voices to choose from. With the help of speech donors, Rupal Patel is creating new, personalized voices that match the individual.
Spark - ExistFeb 23, 2014 | 7:38Spark Exist Audio
Spark Exist Feb 23, 2014 | 7:38Web developer Josh Sharp helps people discover patterns and correlations in their own behavior with his new website, Exist. The service aims to help you "track and understand your life."
Spark - Blackboards vs ComputersMar 2, 2014 | 6:57Spark Blackboards vs Computers Audio
Spark Blackboards vs Computers Mar 2, 2014 | 6:57A theoretical physicist long relied on two tools: a blackboard, and a very big brain. As Ben Davies of The Perimeter Institute tells us, though, more and more physicists are relying on powerful computers to model their theories.
Spark - The essential selfFeb 23, 2014 | 12:18Spark The essential self Audio
Spark The essential self Feb 23, 2014 | 12:18The quantified self is a growing practice of using today’s tech tools for insight and self-improvement. Linda Stone is a leading tech thinker who says we need to focus instead on what she calls "the essential self."
Spark - Estrangement Online (May 2013 Encore)May 10, 2013 | 9:44Spark Estrangement Online (May 2013 Encore) Audio
Spark Estrangement Online (May 2013 Encore) May 10, 2013 | 9:44Becca Bland is estranged from her parents and has written about her experience to help people better understand the impact of social media on family relationships.
Spark - The Most Beautiful SoundJan 19, 2014 | 8:27Spark The Most Beautiful Sound Audio
Spark The Most Beautiful Sound Jan 19, 2014 | 8:27Spark's favourite sound expert Julian Treasure returns to tell us about the winner of The Most Beautiful Sound in the World competition.
Spark - Focus at willMar 2, 2014 | 4:01Spark Focus at will Audio
Spark Focus at will Mar 2, 2014 | 4:01Do you have trouble concentrating while working? Will Henshall created Focus at Will, a productivity tool that uses deliberately altered music to help you focus and concentrate while working and studying.
Spark - Networked teensFeb 16, 2014 | 14:00Spark Networked teens Audio
Spark Networked teens Feb 16, 2014 | 14:00Wondering what the kids are up to these days on social media? In her book, It's Complicated, danah boyd argues things aren't quite what they seem when it comes to networked teens.
Spark - Social physicsMar 2, 2014 | 10:14Spark Social physics Audio
Spark Social physics Mar 2, 2014 | 10:14In his new book, Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread, Alex Pentland takes a mathematical approach to human behavior to better understand where good ideas come from, and how they spread.
Spark - SciencescapeFeb 23, 2014 | 9:06Spark Sciencescape Audio
Spark Sciencescape Feb 23, 2014 | 9:06Now that most scientific journals are digital, it's become difficult to keep track of new research. In an attempt to solve this problem, Sam Molyneux created Sciencescape, which he describes as a kind of "Twitter for research papers."
Spark - Robotic exoskeletonsFeb 16, 2014 | 8:06Spark Robotic exoskeletons Audio
Spark Robotic exoskeletons Feb 16, 2014 | 8:06Russ Angold of Ekso Bionics on wearable robotic exoskeletons that help rehabilitate paralyzed patients by helping them walk.
Spark - Designing for Solitude with Ben FullertonJan 30, 2011 | 9:33Spark Designing for Solitude with Ben Fullerton Audio
Spark Designing for Solitude with Ben Fullerton Jan 30, 2011 | 9:33On Spark, we've talked a lot about the importance of solitude in the midst of a connected world. You know, the idea of putting our devices away for a bit to "get away from it all". But what if you did the opposite? What if there were tech tools that actually helped us achieve solitude? Nora speaks with Ben Fullerton, a director of user experience at Method Design in San Francisco, where they are thinking about these very questions from a design point of view.

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