Space Time
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50 years ago, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. joined forces to ensure astronauts could survive in space

Could this happen today?

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10 years ago, one SpaceX launch showed NASA they could work with Elon Musk

“This mission heralds the dawn of a new era of space exploration.”

Space Time

70 years ago, the world united for a monumental scientific project — and kicked off the Space Race

This week marks the 70th anniversary of a landmark scientific collaboration across the world.

Space Time

60 years ago, a forgotten shiny balloon in space changed how we watch TV forever

The echoes of this NASA mission continue to reverberate today.

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50 years ago, a Soviet spacecraft spent a critical 50 minutes and 11 seconds on Venus

Venera-8 made a photo of Venus’ surface possible.

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30 years ago, an international space mission radically changed how we see Earth

The predecessor the ISS still gets its day in the Sun.

Spacetime

50 years ago, NASA sent a message to aliens — and sparked a Solar System mystery

A mere fifty years ago, Pioneer 10 launched and became the first unmanned mission to Jupiter. The mission revealed new details about the Solar System — and sent a message to aliens.

Space champ

50 years ago, Richard Nixon made a radical decision that changed NASA forever

Richard Nixon wanted a cost effective, routine way to put stuff in space. And with the Space Shuttle, he sort of got it.

What now?

30 years ago, the fall of the USSR stranded a cosmonaut in space

Sergei Krikalev had a God's eye view of the fall of the Iron Curtain. He wasn't given much choice in the matter.

First

50 years ago: Mars 3 taught us to turn failure to success on Mars

Mars 3 accomplished the first soft landing on Mars. Then it died.

Spaced

60 years ago, a space chimpanzee made history — and left a dark legacy

Enos the chimpanzee orbited the Earth before John Glenn. Neither Enos or John were happy about that.

Hello

50 years ago, a NASA spacecraft revealed Martian volcanoes

After a series of underwhelming Mars missions suggest Mars might be, well, boring, Mariner 9 revealed the Red planet it all its dusty and gargantuan glory.

Looking sharp

Look: 55 years ago, NASA took ‘the picture of the century’

Lunar Orbiter 2 showed us the Moon in a whole new light.

Snapshot

75 years ago, a Nazi rocket took the first photo of Earth from space

The first photo of Earth taken from space captured imaginations in 1946.

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The oral history of Encino Man, Brendan Fraser’s caveman cult classic

“I don’t think anybody thought it would be successful.”

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Gaming

Nintendo Switch OLED made me fall back in love with handheld gaming

The Switch’s final form has reignited my love for portable play.

Inverse Game Reviews

Salt and Sacrifice is a grotesquely gorgeous RPG held back by clunky design

Inverse score: 6/10

Gaming

TMNT: Shredder's Revenge was made for the "real deep turtle fans," devs reveal

Half shell, all heart.

Gaming

How disabled 'Elden Ring' players conquered the Lands Between

'Elden Ring's vast freedom of customization and exploration makes this title more approachable for disabled players than previous FromSoftware fare.

Game Guides

'Call of Duty Warzone' best guns: All 127 ranked for Season 3 Operation Monarch

How has the 'Vanguard' integration shaken up the 'Warzone' meta? We've ranked every single gun to separate the best from the rest.

The Rules of Time Travel

5 video games that changed time travel forever

The ultimate power fantasy.

Gaming

How an underrated Final Fantasy game inspired 2022's quirkiest indie

Nothing ever goes wrong here.

Gaming

A brief history of video game poop

A trail of turds from Earthbound to Death Stranding.

Lego No

Skywalker Saga made one of Star Wars' worst characters even more awful

“What a great day to make money, huh?”

The Rules of Time Travel

6 years later, the most underrated time travel game deserves a sequel

Time is Power.

Stolen Valor

Game devs aren't getting proper credit for their work — here's how to fix it

“Special Thanks” is sometimes an empty gesture.

Inverse Game Reviews

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a captivating prequel with too much busywork

Inverse Score: 7/10

The Rules of Time Travel

13 years later, the most cerebral time-travel game ever made still holds up

A deadly mind game.

Card Story

8 essential co-op games you need to play ASAP

Better with a friend.

Card Story

These are the 10 best-reviewed games of 2022 (so far)

Elden Ring and 9 more of Metacritic’s top scorers.

Gaming

Esports’ most notorious CEO is finally facing an overdue reckoning

Esports problems.

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Mind + Body
Don't Panic

Monkeypox is spreading around the world — here's why you shouldn't panic

An unusually high number of cases have been found in places where the virus isn't endemic.

Mind and Body

How often should you poop? Why holding it in can lead to “significant gastrointestinal problems”

Everyone is different, but it’s important to know your own body’s “transit time.”

Opinion

Antibiotics can hurt your gut microbiome, leading to a deadly fungal infection — study

One of the risk factors for getting invasive candidiasis is antibiotics.

Science

Melting permafrost could expose millions to invisible cancer-causing gas

Inside the race against radon.

Mind and Body

4 brain hacks to help you overcome ADHD and other attention problems

Behavioral strategies, along with medication when necessary, can help people improve their focus and ease of functioning in daily life.

Mind and Body

What to expect if you’re expecting to go off birth control

Some women may also experience changes to their periods, skin, or mood.

Sunday Scaries

New ADHD research reveals clues to “maladaptive daydreaming” condition

“ADHD-like symptoms can result from MD, but they are not one and the same.”

#relatable

Appearing stressed out could have one paradoxical effect on others

It turns out, humans are quite good at recognizing when someone is feeling stressed.

Sweat it out

Most-effective core exercises: Why traditional sit-ups may not be best for your routine

Plank it.

Toxic Truth

Pollution is responsible for one in six deaths each year — and it’s getting worse

It's a sobering finding, but scientists hope it will serve as a wake-up call.

Disease Detectives

Mysterious hepatitis outbreaks in children are confounding doctors — here's why the cause is still unclear

More than two dozen children have needed liver transplants globally, including 15 children in the United States alone.

Changes

First-of-its-kind study reveals transgender children are extremely unlikely to retransition

And if they do transition to another identity later, chances are it’s not cis.

At Odds

Fertility clinics turn women away over their weight — new research undermines that practice

Research shows losing weight does not increase the odds of getting pregnant.

Parklife

Study: Being close to nature reduces the risk of stroke

Air pollution, unsurprisingly, increases it.

Opinion

Why knowing when Alzheimer’s starts could lead to new treatments

The “switch on” moment happens up to 25 years before any symptoms are displayed.

Mind and Body

One simple activity could ease your lower back pain

Reach for the sky.

Proper Nouns

New The Sims 4 update makes it the most inclusive franchise in gaming

Customizable pronouns are a welcome addition for trans and non-binary players.

EA

A new update to The Sims 4 is adding customizable pronouns, publisher EA announced on Tuesday. This push to move the game's character creation system away from binary gender determinations is just the latest in a long line of inclusivity improvements that the franchise is known for, as well as EA’s own commitment to diversity. In addition to supporting a diverse player base, the update also helps normalize the experience of LGBTQ+ people. Is there a better gaming franchise out there in terms of exclusivity? That’s tough to say, but probably not.

Exploring Mars
This week in science

NASA InSight shutting down and more: Understand the world through 9 images

Science

NASA announces the end of its Marsquake-hunting lander

Martian dust is bringing a unique Martian mission to an end.

Science

NASA's ailing Mars lander captures the biggest Marsquake yet

While Insight may soon go offline, Mars decided to give it at least one last show.

Science

China finds recent water flows on Mars, with big implications for alien life

China's Zhurong rover found geologically recent water on Mars, billions of years after it should have been gone.

This week in science

Webb Telescope alignment and more: Understand the world through 7 images

HORIZONS

This radical architecture style could make future cities good for your health

Plus: NASA wants your take on their Mars sample return plans.

Science

Mars scientists discover a puzzling impact crater on the Red Planet

Most craters are circular shape due to material ejecting out in all directions as a result of an impact.

Science

Mars City: Researchers find a way to make buildings with dirt and urine

These so-called “space bricks” can be used to construct building-like structures on Mars.

Gorgeous

Look: NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter spots beautiful spacecraft wreck on Mars

It’s a little dusty.

to boldly go

NASA extends 8 missions, including plans to scrutinize a large asteroid that will swing by Earth in 2029

NASA granted eight missions an extension, allowing continued exploration of Mars, asteroids, the Kuiper Belt, and the Moon.

How to Save the Earth

If humans go to Mars, we need an Earth Flag — here’s why

Opinion: We are approaching the point when humans make the leap off Earth and onto other planets. When we get there, how will we represent ourselves?

Science

NASA Mars rover embarks on an ambitious hunt for life in ancient Martian riverbed

NASA's latest Mars rover is now scouting a place where an ancient river and lake met, called Three Forks. The sediments there could carry hints of ancient life.

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Behold! NASA’s Mars rover captures a stunning sight in the Martian sky

This is not your average eclipse.

Survey says

NASA might finally probe Uranus — if these scientists get their way

The Decadal Survey calls for missions to Uranus and Enceladus, among a host of other space science priorities.

Science

Perseverance stumbles upon some of its own trash on Mars

The parachute was jettisoned during the landing sequence so the Skycrane could lower the rover down to the surface on its wheels.

Space

Look! NASA takes a stunning view of Mars' "prime meridian"

The wind-carved ridges provide another fascinating sight.

Don't Panic

Monkeypox is spreading around the world — here's why you shouldn't panic

An unusually high number of cases have been found in places where the virus isn't endemic.

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Few things are more unnerving three years into a pandemic than public health officials talking about unusual outbreaks of yet another virus, but here we are.