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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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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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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This view of the United States (rotated to fit) observes national internet access in a positively breathtaking manner. The image comes from a new PBS miniseries, America Revealed, that "explores the hidden patterns and rhythms that make America work."

There are more stunning pictures, as well as a free full episode online (for US residents only).

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PBS arts series Off Book investigates the phenomenon of 8-bit art and music, tracing it from its roots in the video games of the 1970s:

The idea of 8-bit now stands for a refreshing level of simplicity and minimalism, is capable of sonic and visual beauty, and points to the layer of technology that suffuses our modern lives. No longer just nostalgia art, contemporary 8-bit artists and chiptunes musicians have elevated the form to new levels of creativity and cultural reflection.

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PBS has teamed up with video mashup wiz John D. Boswell (melodysheep) to bring us this tribute to the late Mister Rogers, the first in a series that will pay homage to our childhood icons.

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