The Viking Issue

New stories published daily July 5-8.

Detox
Detox

Do you need 8 glasses of water a day? Hydration scientists demystify the number

“Hydration is the most essential nutrient needed to sustain life”

Detox

What’s the best way to wash your face? Dermatologists explain the science of clean skin

Rinsing with water is likely not enough.

Summer sun

You are probably applying sunscreen wrong. Skincare experts explain how to best use it.

You're also likely not using enough.

Detox

How does social media affect body image in men? The dangers of Instagram, explained

Facebook has admitted to making body image issues worse for one in three teen girls, and boys are suffering as well.

Detox

Doctors say how to untangle mental and sexual health

Medical professionals unravel the complex link between sexual and mental health.

Detox

What mental health experts say people get wrong about divorce

Is a “painless” divorce possible? Experts say that’s the wrong question.

Detox

What causes Muscle Dysmorphia? Symptoms, treatment, and more

An apparent rise in Muscle Dysmorphia among men is worrying experts because the disorder can be dangerous

Detox

Can men get postpartum depression? Experts and dads reveal the truth.

“He was in the NICU for a month. By the time he got home, we had already been through the wringer.”

Detox

Questioning your sexuality? Bisexual men say one action is critical

Men discuss the mental health challenges of being bisexual in a binary world and offer advice on how to process your sexuality.

Detox

Ask this one simple question to people who might be “addicted” to video games

Detox

3 insights men say they wish they knew before their infertility diagnosis

1. Talk to someone about your diagnosis.

Detox

How do single dads start dating? The one vital question to ask

“Don't put undue pressure on yourself, but also don't let your behavior be guided by fear.”

Detox

Imposter syndrome: The one vital question men have to ask themselves

Here’s how to identify what you may be experiencing, what causes it, and what to do next.

Detox

The one vasectomy side-effect men don’t expect

“Several times things got so severe that I broke down in a kind of panic.”

Detox

Is your workplace toxic? Experts reveal the one thing you can do to fix it

Research shows toxic workplaces can be devastating to mental health.

Detox

There’s "one simple phrase" experts say works on conspiracy theorists

What to do when your friend has been radicalized.

Open World 🎮
Stop it!

God of War developer harassment is the latest symptom of a larger problem

This is why we can’t have nice things.

バカ みたい

17 years ago, Yakuza reinvented video game masculinity

Hard fists, soft hearts.

Gaming

Genshin Impact fans urge developers to add more melanin to the game

Here we go again.

Gamer food

10 video game characters with Big Cheez-It energy

But is it extra-toasty?

Inverse Gaming Interviews

Fire Emblem devs reveal the surprisingly honest reason they made Three Hopes

An unexpected sequel.

Gaming

How Ace Attorney spawned one of the most enduring character ships ever

No objection here.

Inverse Game Reviews

AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative is a pervy, philosophical masterpiece

Inverse score: 9/10

Game Recs

You need to play the surprise indie hit of the summer ASAP

A hell of a good time.

Gamer Alert!

Known gamer Ted Cruz would love these 6 pay-to-win games

He has games on his phone.

Inverse Gaming Reviews

Diablo Immortal is one of the decade's biggest gaming letdowns

Inverse score: 4/10

Gaming

The agony and ecstasy of PlayStation trophy hunting: "It's a huge drop of serotonin”

A passion for platinum.

Se-phi-roth

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth in 10 stunning images

It’s happening!

Gaming

Halo Infinite's Juneteenth "Bonobo" skin is a shocking failure by Microsoft

Yikes.

Summer Game Fest 2022

Street Fighter 6 adds a brilliant feature every fighting game needs to copy

Finally, a game for people who suck at Street Fighter.

Gaming

Soul Hackers 2 preview: Finally, a cyberpunk game that doesn't suck

Stylishly streamlined.

Summer Game Fest 2022

Sonic Frontiers is an oddball throwback in the best possible way

Let’s get somber.

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Innovation

HORIZONS

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Mind + Body
Mind and Body

How do painkillers work? Pain scientists explain, from ibuprofen to fentanyl

Not every painkiller works for every type of pain.

Mind and Body

Is vegan cheese good for you? A nutritionist reveals one type may be better than others

Opinion: Not all vegan cheeses are the same nutritionally. Here’s what you need to know.

Longevity hacks

This everyday behavior is essential to preventing heart disease

Don’t feel guilty about sleeping in, because it’s good for your health.

Detox

Do you need 8 glasses of water a day? Hydration scientists demystify the number

“Hydration is the most essential nutrient needed to sustain life”

Mind and Body

A devastating disease is showing up in London’s sewers — should you be worried?

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a disease that can cause paralysis and death.

Mind and Body

Monkeypox: 4 charts predict how the outbreak will end

Opinion: What we know about the history of other infectious diseases makes it possible to analyze likely future scenarios.

Sunday Scaries

Why one unappealing emotion can make you happier in the long run

Here’s why you should treat anger like thirst.

Innovation

Are self-driving cars safe? The tipping point rests on a psychological illusion

Opinion: Adopting autonomous vehicles is a question of psychology as much as of technology.

Check, please!

Why does spicy food make you sweat? A neuroscientist breaks it down

The body isn’t in actual harm, but it responds as if it is.

Leg Day Observer

Weight training: What is the ideal rep range for your goals?

Rep ranges, like most topics in lifting, can be explained by progressive overload.

Opinion

How to spot a liar using a classic mathematical trick

Opinion: Can mathematics distinguish lying from a genuine misunderstanding?

FEATURE

Male birth control is at our fingertips. Will we ever grasp it?

A safe and effective topical gel has come the closest to commercial sale of any hormonal candidates so far. If it doesn’t get picked up, that’s everyone’s loss.

All that jazz

How music makes you feel may depend less on your brain than scientists once thought — study

Western concepts of how music should make you feel can obscure fundamental truths about human perception.

Detox

What’s the best way to wash your face? Dermatologists explain the science of clean skin

Rinsing with water is likely not enough.

Sunday Scaries

Why scientists think these dietary supplements may help treat depression

While probiotics alone aren’t the cure, they could help as an add-on to other treatments.

Check, please!

What makes eggs organic? A USDA expert cracks open the complicated answer

Egg-cellent.

Exploring Mars
Science

NASA just built the best map of Mars to date using 51,000 images

“It’s effectively a whole new data set that will fuel a second wave of discoveries about Mars’ surface composition.”

Space Time

25 years ago, NASA landed its first rover on Mars — and catalyzed the search for life

Pathfinder brought the first rover to the Martian surface.

Science

Cosmic rays could erase evidence of past life on Mars

Amino acids don't last long near the Martian surface.

Science

The best defense for humans against radiation on Mars may be a rustic mix of ice and dirt — study

Radiation may be the biggest threat to humans living on another planet.

Science

NASA rover discovers one of the "most active sources" of dust devils on Mars

Jezero Crater has particularly high levels of dust and wind activity.

HORIZONS

Human settlements on the Moon will depend on answering two fundamental questions

“We need to get our brains wrapped around the potential damage we’re facing.”

Science

Life on Mars: A critical tool in the search for aliens is delayed

Opinion: We won’t give up on the search for life on Mars.

Science

“Door” on Mars? A planetary scientist explains what you really see in the viral image

For all the fuss it caused, it is only about a foot high.

This week in science

Ingenuity’s longest flight and more: Understand the world through 7 images

Boeing's Starliner finished a critical test while NASA's Ingenuity rover achieved its longest flight.

Togetherness

15 years ago, 1,000 space experts sketched out humanity’s future on the Moon

The Global Exploration Strategy is a blueprint for understanding space policy today.

Liftoff

Watch: Ingenuity just set a record for the longest and fastest flight on Mars

Behold, the helicopter’s fastest and longest excursion over the Martian surface.

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

Inverse codex

How to use Final Fantasy XIV’s new Data Center Travel feature

Check-in on old friends.

Square Enix

The best part of MMOs is that you can play with friends. Raiding, farming mounts, and just hanging out and sipping tea are just a few of the many activities you and your friends can get up to in Final Fantasy XIV. If you don’t know FFXIV is the critically acclaimed MMORPG with an expanded free trial which you can play through the entirety of A Realm Reborn and the award-winning Heavensward expansion! The player base is massive and spans nine different data centers, which host several servers to play on. As of July 5 (with patch 6.18) players are now able to take advantage of the new Data Center Travel System!

Here’s how to use the new feature so you can finally go hang out at the Quicksand on Balmung.

Heizou has arrived at the scene. Leakers have been collecting information on his kit and role in the story for months, so it’s a relief to finally put a face to the name. The Tenryou Commission’s number one detective has been on leaker’s radars since before Genshin Impact 2.6. However, HoYoverse only introduced him recently amidst the Genshin Impact 2.7 delay. Here’s what we know so far about the latest Genshin Impact Anemo addition, Shikanoin Heizou.