Weird News of the Day: Illness Causing Starfish to Rip Themselves Into Pieces

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A disease, called "sea star wasting syndrome" has been ravaging at least 12 different species of starfish across the West Coast, according to PBS.

NPR reports that, because the syndrome doesn't show signs of spreading across the globe, scientists don't think it will lead to the end of all starfish kind. But, researchers are racing to figure out what exactly is wrong and minimize the damage.

Right now, the main theory is that a boat carried a pathogen over to the West Coast. The theory is supported by hotspots of the illness being directly in line with major shipping routes.

Are Cell Phones Replacing Reality?

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PBS Idea Channel's Mike Rugnetta contemplates the impact of smartphone culture on our perception of everyday life, particularly in the context of French philosopher Jean Baudrillard's theory of hyperreality.

From The Archives: Mister Rogers Defends PBS

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"In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon."

This fight sure could use him.

Mitt Pissed Off An 8-Year-Old of the Day

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Mitt Pissed Off An 8-Year-Old of the Day
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Eight-year-old Alabama resident Cecelia Crawford was not impressed by Mittens' pledge during the debate to fire Big Bird, so today she fired off this sweet little note:

When I grow up I'm going to get married and I want my kids to watch it so do not cut it off. You find something else to cut off!

The Rules Of Viral Video of the Day

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PBS' Off Book explores the phenomenon that makes the Internet the Internet. Better than you'd think.

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From The Archives of the Day

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Unless you never missed an episode of The Joy Of Painting with Bob Ross, odds are you didn't know he had an equally-talented son. Steve Ross appeared on the long-running PBS show from time to time, painting the familiar landscapes that made his father so famous. YouTuber carrotwhip recaps one appearance, which is a glorious mixture of epic mullets, porn 'staches and double entendres.

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