Science and sustainability reporter John McGrath brings you a curated reading list in the field of science every week.
1. Saganpalooza: The Disciples of Sagan — NOVA
Famed scientist Carl Sagan left an indelible mark on many people and inspired the likes of Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson. NOVA has created a YouTube channel devoted to the king of science communication, Carl Sagan. The channel is a collection of videos where scientists tell viewers about Sagan’s influence on their lives and work.
2. Recycle your ride — MARC
The Mid-America Regional Council has taken out all the guess work on how to recycle all things automotive. Whether it’s just a couple of old tires or a whole car to get rid of, Matt Riggs, the Recycling Outreach Coordinator for MARC, has compiled a list of places where recycled materials should go.
3. Download a copy of KC Parks 2013 year in review — KC Parks and Recreation
There is a mountain of information waiting, so download the KC Parks 2013 Year in Review. It includes information on completed projects, facts and figures and special events.
4. Nature: What plants talk about — NATURE
When thinking about plants, the word “behavior” doesn’t often come up. Ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. Cahill is a professor from the University of Alberta, and he claims that plants do behave and lead lives that are not as solitary as once thought. In this episode of “Nature,” viewers see that plants are smarter than once thought.
5. Q&A with robotics competition co-founder — The Hale Center for Journalism
Reporter Lindsey Foat interviewed Dr. Woodie Flowers, a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Flowers was the original host of the PBS series “Scientific American Frontiers” and the co-founder and creator of the annual First Robotics competition.