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  1. Is Beemo a Third-Wave Feminist?

    Oh Mah Glob Guys

    When you think "third-wave feminist icons", a little sentient cartoon videogame probably doesn't come to mind. However, in this video from Idea Channel, Mike Rugnetta discusses how Adventure Time's Beemo might just be an intelligent feminist take on what gender expression means. Who knew that little robot could mean so much? (via Geekosystem) Previously in Adventure Time

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  2. Do Knock-Offs Show the Value of the Original? [Video]

    Knock-offs are everywhere! From faux Rolexes on the street to those fake Tickle Me Elmos to that one actually-kind-of-cool laser-gun-robot that clearly was supposed to be like Megatron I had as a kid. Turns out, knock-offs is a ubiquitous and powerful phenomena, and of course we see it every day. In the latest PBS Idea Channel video, host Mike Rugnetta offers a thoughtful point-and-counterpoint on the subject. Sometimes the counterfeit is just as good as the "real thing" or better, and he tells you why. Then again, buying knock-offs has its consequences.

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  3. Futurama Just Might Be the Best Argument Against Transhumanism [Video]

    Look, I'm not going to pretend that I'm a font of knowledge when it comes to transhumanism. The idea's a neat one though. In a nutshell, we'll eventually reach a point where technology will supplant all our involuntary problems like aging. PBS Idea Channel, however, thinks that Futurama might perhaps be the best argument against transhumanism. Whether you agree or disagree, host Mike Rugnetta makes an interesting argument.

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  4. PBS’ Idea Channel Examines the Crafty (or Artsy) World of Nail Art [Video]

    Do Try This At Home

    Just kidding, this is actually my last post. For old times' sake. The Idea Channel, a web series from PBS, has taken an in-depth look at new developments in nail art, from the DIY styles to the downright three-dimensional. As someone who wears contacts and types all day, the most I can manage in the realm of "art" is "pretty colors," but what kind of spangly decorations are you attaching to your fingernails these days? (via PBS Idea Channel on YouTube) Previously in Nail Art

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