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This time on Spark, find out why some people still love the cassette. What U2's deal with Apple says about the future of the music industry. Hacking maternal health. The coming revolution in search. And how your smartphone can tell if you're depressed.

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Cassette comeback

Cassette comeback

In honour of Cassette Store Day, Michelle Parise talks to Nora about why some people still love the lowly ol' cassette tape.

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The future of music

The future of music

U2's deal with Apple is raising questions about what's ahead for the music business. Rolling Stone's Contributing Editor Steve Knopper shares his thoughts on the recent history and future of the recording industry.

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Hacking maternal health

Hacking maternal health

MIT just hosted a hackathon with the goal of building a better breast pump. Catherine D'Ignazio is with MIT's Media Lab and she says the breast pump is just one example of how a lack of innovation can be harmful to maternal and neonatal health.

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Knowledge bases

Knowledge bases

Where databases gather numbers, knowledge bases gather facts. Fabian Suchanek says these knowledge bases will revolutionize the way we search for information.

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Sensing depression

Sensing depression

Can your smartphone tell if you're feeling down? Andrew Campbell tells us about a project that uses smartphone data to detect depression, loneliness and stress among students.

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Spark 260

Spark 260

This time on Spark, find out why some people still love the cassette. What U2's deal with Apple says about the future of the music industry. Hacking maternal health. The coming revolution in search. And how your smartphone can tell if you're depressed.

Read More »

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Algorithm awareness

Algorithm awareness

Christian Sandvig says algorithms control almost every aspect of our lives, but most people have no idea how algorithms work.

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Twitter algorithms

Twitter algorithms

In 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.

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Mindful multitasking

Mindful multitasking

Can 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.

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Data safari

Data safari

Teddy Allen is meteorologist who is working to rescue historical weather records which could offer valuable insights on climate change. To do this, he's going to go around the world in search of weather records, on what he calls a data safari.

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