Sparkwith Nora Young


Quiz: Can you guess which iconic films have the biggest influence?

Film rankings are generally either based on critical acclaim or box-office receipts. A recent study chose to measure movies by something a bit less tangible: their influence on other films.


Deciphering ancient text, finding birds on streetview, and more.

Is that a pixel or a Pileated Woodpecker? Birders flock to Google Street View

Search for elusive species from your desk.

With the federal election around the corner, what we know about targeted ads on Facebook

Finding out who's behind those political ads you keep seeing.

Hear these sounds before they disappear

Listener picks for disappearing sounds

Breakup Aid aims to help you cope with a tough breakup

Empathetic computers could help us better communicate with our tech.

Machine learning deciphers the world's oldest texts

AI reveals the hidden stories of Cuneiform texts.

Google's plan to return to China faces criticism

Dragonfly could mark Google's return to the censored Chinese internet


Getting ready for smart cities, Google's return to china, and more.

The fax machine isn't dead

Despite being slow, needing paper, and making weird noises, fax machines still have a place in modern industry.

Your Uber driver is part of the tech economy, too

"There is an intentional and by design invisibility that's been created by online platforms for these workers because we don't see them," tech critic Saadia Muzaffar told Spark.

Are we ready for 'smart' cities?

Private companies are making public policy in so-called "smart cities".

Is AI that screens potential babysitters a good idea?

Experts skeptical about AI that screens potential babysitters for risk.


Questions about an app to screen babysitters, making space for non-white people in tech, hiring your own boss, and people in Sweden putting microchips in their hands.

'Boss as a Service' aims to help people avoid procrastination

Freelancers can hire a boss to keep them on track.

"Is tech a space that welcomes everyone?" Toronto group tackles digital justice

Why spaces for non-white people in tech matter

Sweden's digital culture is making implanted microchips more common

We microchip our pets, so why not our hands, too?

It's okay to cry on Instagram

Why Instagrammers are sharing honest pictures, warts and all.


The sounds of old tech, crying on Instagram, laser shoes and more.

Time management tools can mask being overworked

Author says productivity is counterproductive.

Quiz: Can you name these nostalgic sounds?

Jan Derksen and Daniel Chun of Conserve the Sound are on a mission to make sure the sights and sounds of old-school tech aren't forgotten. How well do you remember?

'Conserve the Sound' hopes to save sounds of old tech before they're gone

From manual typewriters to early video game consoles, an online museum of disappearing sounds.

Lasers on shoes help people with Parkinson's walk

Lasers attached to shoes create visual cues to help the mobility of people with Parkinson's disease.

Researchers use AI to track whale songs in a sea of noise

Machine learning is helping researchers even as the whales' songs evolve.


Smart cities, serendipitous discovery, whale songs, and more.