Science reporter John McGrath brings you a curated reading list in the areas of science and sustainability every week.
1. Starfish dying in real life horror movie — PBS NewsHour Extra
Diver and photographer Laura James uncovered a horrific scene at a popular diving spot in Seattle, Washington. Hundreds of dead starfish littered the beach. These alarming scenes have been cropping up on the east and west coasts. Katie Campbell from KCTS public television uncovers why in this report for the NewsHour.
2. It’s Okay to be Smart: The Scale of the Universe — PBS Digital Studios
3. Wild Predator Invasion — NOVA
In “Wild Predator Invasion,” NOVA follows scientists who are trying a simple but controversial solution to stave off the dwindling populations of wild predators. Can we return these wild animals to their natural habitat without endangering humans? Watch NOVA on April 2, to find out.
4. Farmers worry about sharing Big Data — Harvest Public Media
Just like the rest of us, farmers are worried about keeping their data secure. Big technology is taking over the science of farming, from satellite-guided tractors to maps that can record pinpoint levels of grain yields. Farmers must decide just how far they want to travel down the information superhighway. Grant Gerlock from Harvest Public Media looks into this.
5. We all owe a thanks to a sponge — New York Times
You might not think a sponge has a lot to do with you, but it does. Scientists believe that the sponge has played a vital role in the rise of the animal kingdom, and without these simple animals, we might not be on earth today. Carl Zimmer reports for the New York Times on how and why we must give these amazing creatures a little credit.