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Episode 30: In the Zone

Completely immersing yourself in a task or activity can be difficult - but satisfying, and a little unnerving. What goes on in your brain when you concentrate and how can you train yourself to concentrate better? The answer will surprise you!

Some resources used for this episode:

The neuroscience of concentrationHow focus worksScientific benefits of playing computer games
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Episode 29: Inventions to Drive You Crazy

From the buggy whip to interstellar travel, we are always thinking of new, different, and faster ways to get places. So here are four transportation-related inventions that didn’t quite make it into mainstream life.

Some resources used for this episode:
A list of weird inventions.
The Goodyear glowing tire.
The Highway HiFi
Early 20th Century road accident statistics
The Pedestrian Safety Net (article)
The Pedestrian Safety Net (YouTube video)
WIPO Invention Statistics (PDF)

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Episode 28: Soft Skills Aren't Hard

If some of the most important skills you need to be a professional are not your core technical skills, what are they?

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Episode 27: Show Me the Money!

Money makes the world go 'round. The cashless society is upon us, but what's in it for you?

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Some resources used in this episode:https://www.internetworldstats.com/me/il.htm https://www.fastcompany.com/3056736/what-happens-when-we-become-a-cashless-society http://www.slate.com/articles/business/cashless_society/2012/03/living_without_cash_would_a_cash_free_world_have_lower_crime_rates_.html Yossi's Magazine: Everyone Needs One of These www.ykarp.com/magazine
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Episode 26: Cue the Qubits

Computers have come a long way since the Z1 - the first programmable computer built in the 1930s. We are now at the edge of a new computer revolution. So what is quantum computing and why do we need it?

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Some resources about quantum computing used in this episode Bernard Marr in an article on Forbes in 2017:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/07/04/what-is-quantum-computing-a-super-easy-explanation-for-anyone/#56290c841d3b

Marianne Freiberger in Plus Magazine in 2015:
https://plus.maths.org/content/how-does-quantum-commuting-work

Phillip Ball in QuantaMagazine January 2018:
https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-era-of-quantum-computing-is-here-outlook-cloudy-20180124/

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Episode 25: Mars: A Review

"Mars" is the title of a TV series that dramatizes the challenges of colonizing the Red Planet, mixed with true-to-life interviews with experts in the field. This is my review of National Geographic's "Mars".

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Episode 24: I Unplugged Myself

We live in a face-down generation where everyone seems to be addicted to their phones. I tested myself to see how I would manage without my smartphone on a three-day vacation. How did I fare?

Click here to read my blog post from March 2012 "Meet Tim", mentioned in this week's podcast episode.

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