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Inverse documents cultural change that is being pushed forward with technology, science, and art. Below is a selection of beats that help comprise Inverse’s culture report. For a complete feed of all culture stories, scroll to the bottom. —Nick Lucchesi, editor-in-chief.

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Politics
the root of the problem

Stephen Root’s Boba Fett character reveals a huge Star Wars flaw

Sometimes, corruption is the best form of government.

Last Call

You need to watch the most underrated political sci-fi thriller before it leaves Hulu this month

"The end of history."

Inevitable

Succession Season 3 just revealed the Roy family’s controversial superpower

He who controls the media controls the world.

Innovation

Could Elon Musk end world hunger with $6 billion? 5 questions, answered

Musk had a public dispute over the matter.

Why?

Why the Russian anti-satellite test fiasco is a problem we won’t solve soon

The incident that put the ISS at risk that won’t go away anytime soon.

What's up?

Why China's hypersonic missiles don't mean nuclear Armageddon

Though historically intertwined, space races are lots more fun than arms races.

Innovation

Elon Musk’s news-making Twitter poll claims a surprising history

It could be because of a move back in 2012.

under the influence

THC “breathalyzers” are getting better, but will they do more harm than good?

The highs and lows of THC “breathalyzers.”

Inverse Recommends

You need to watch the most mindlessly entertaining sci-fi remake on Netflix ASAP

In 2012, Len Wiseman released his remake of Total Recall. Is it worth checking out over the 1990 original?

G20

One side-effect of capitalism caused millions of premature deaths, study reveals

Greenwashing won't save us now.

How Save a Planet

COP26: The UN climate conference that will decide our planet’s future

Here are three reasons why you need to pay attention.

Full Beast

Succession Season 3 Episode 1 Ending Explained: Where is Shiv going?

And who is taking over Waystar-Royco?

Full Beast Mode

Succession Season 3 premiere release date, time, plot, trailer, and HBO schedule

Everything we know about Succession's long-awaited return.

Innovation

Elon Musk's big future: 8 predictions he made this week

Culture

4 reasons ordinary people become spies

Susceptibility to four factors shows whether a target can be exploited.

Feature

The oral history of Idiocracy, Mike Judge's time travel triumph

“At a certain point, it went from a good vibe to thinking that this movie was cursed from the beginning.”

Social Justice
Quantic Nightmare

How the 'Star Wars Eclipse' controversy sparked a movement

The Superhero Issue

What’s wrong with wanting to be saved?

Just because I’m a Black, queer, woman, and ostensibly un-Christian doesn’t mean I don’t want a Sky Daddy to come and make things easier for me.

The Superhero Issue

We, the Super Ones

Black women are already superheroes, even if Hollywood doesn’t see it.

The Superhero Issue

Roxane Gay: A letter from the editor

Gaming

Jacksepticeye calls out “Chad energy” in Activision and wider gaming culture

“It’s really sad to see that some aspects of that still remain.”

Robin takes Wing

Is Robin bisexual? Maybe, but it shouldn’t matter

The comics show Tim Drake accepting a date from a male suitor, but that doesn't mean anything concrete just yet.

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You need to watch the most inventive time-travel movie on Netflix ASAP

Mind and Body

Two demographics may have increased risk for Alzheimer's, study finds

How a complex set of factors makes ethnoracial minorities vulnerable to memory loss and dementia.

Future Earth 2021

What will Earth look like in 2121? 10 young leaders give their predictions

What do you hope Earth looks like in 2121?

Mind and Body

White people are shown to have peculiar ideas about “diversity” —study

Bad Reputation

Can a Harry Potter video game be saved after months of controversy?

Boldly Go

New documentary reveals how Star Trek changed NASA forever

Woman in Motion highlights an overlooked and essential moment in spaceflight history.

Rebel Alliance

Gina Carano Fired: How an army of Twitter stans changed Star Wars forever

Gina Carano was only recently let go from her role on 'The Mandalorian,' but one group of people spent months fighting to get her fired. Here's what they're planning next.

Entertainment

Monica's friend on WandaVision may be a tribute to this dead comics artist

"Goodner" might not be a superhero, but it could be something even better.

Different beats

White cops are different from Black cops in 1 crucial way, study shows

Mind and Body

Outcomes of a lifesaving procedure reveal systemic racism

Racism causes significant health care disparities, a new study examining young, Black patients finds.

Media
Space takes a beating

Jeff Bezos: How the clumsy approach of a billionaire could’ve gone differently

A miniscule tweak could have changed everything.

Let it out!

"This Website Will Self-Destruct" is the website we need in the chaos year, 2020

Life is hard. This website listens.

Truth and lies

Scientists extract an alarming stat about the amount of news Americans consume

Fake news makes up less than 1 percent of Americans’ news consumption, but researchers reveal another massive, complex problem across the media landscape.

just the 5, thanks

The 5 best science podcasts, 2020 edition

The best science podcasts and podcast episodes from the science writers and editors at Inverse.

Stop the spiral

How to keep up with coronavirus news without losing your mind

Avoid COVID-19 news overload with three expert-backed strategies.

Retrain your brain

Anxiety from the news: A psychologist explains how to cope with it in 2020

Coping with stress caused by the news cycle is manageable if we know how to address it.

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Innovation

Study reveals how Americans feel about working with A.I.

Only 1 in 5 Americans are excited about working with AI.

Innovation

The solution to stopping deepfakes might be staring us in the face

A misinformation expert tells Inverse that deepfakes have a people problem.

Culture

Why millennials everywhere are killing climate change denial

Why the climate change deniers are losing the debate.

Culture

Study on Trump's Twitter habits reveals he has 4 tweet styles

Researchers break down how Trump tweets.

Innovation

Electrek Editor Fred Lambert Is a Driving Force in Electric Transportation

Lambert obsessed over electric cars so much on Reddit that he went pro.

Science

Debate Psychology: 5 Science-Backed Tips to Avoid Getting Your Brain Hacked

A guide to thinking critically while watching televised political debates.

Culture

7,500 Women Scientists Are Ready to Answer All of Your Science Questions

Now there's no excuse to only ask only male scientists.

Innovation

Andrew Yang Talks UBI, Deep Fakes in Tech Savvy Presidential Town Hall

Andrew Yang is not a single issue candidate. 

Entertainment

The Future of DIY Content Is Full of Risky, Empowering Moments

"Influencer" culture is only just getting started.

Race
Racism in Nature

Scientists confirm 6 links between race and air pollution

A positive trend in decreasing air pollution masks glaring racial disparities.

Scene Stealers 2021

In 'For All Mankind,' one character represented just what sci-fi is about

In the alternate history of 'For All Mankind,' the Apollo-Soyuz mission held more importance than it did IRL. Meet the TV hero behind its command.

The Inverse Interview

Simu Liu reveals the secret reason Shang-Chi wears Air Jordan sneakers

The Inverse Interview

'Shang-Chi' director reveals the truth behind the movie's dragons

Destin Daniel Cretton rises to the occasion as the director of Marvel's first Asian superhero movie, 'Shang-Chi.' He dishes on representation and dragons.

Part Three

How Asian American internet trailblazers gave new life to Shang-Chi

The final story in a series on Shang-Chi’s origins, rise, fall, and rebirth.

Part Two

Shang-Chi: Why Marvel’s most influential comic disappeared.

'Master of Kung Fu' was once a red hot Marvel comic created by writers inspired by the coming martial arts craze. So why haven't you heard of Shang-Chi before?

Part One

How Marvel's Shang-Chi had to "destroy" its own racist origins

The first in a series about Shang-Chi’s origins, rise, fall, and rebirth.

The Inverse Interview

Henry Golding has main character energy

Check, please!

“No MSG Added”: The racist history of the MSG myth

“The start of the MSG myth was... a tacitly racist game of telephone.”

The Inverse Interview

'47 Ronin' sequel script is finished, writer reveals

Aimee Garcia, star of 'Lucifer' and 'M.O.D.O.K.,' prioritizes diversity in her '47 Ronin' sequel. She tells Inverse the latest on the follow-up to the Keanu Reeves film.

Get that snitch

Attack the Block 2 release date, trailer, plot, cast for the alien invasion sequel

One of the best indie sci-fi action movies of the 2010s is finally getting a sequel, with John Boyega and writer-director Joe Cornish returning.

Boldly Forward

Star Trek's next big comeback could finally deliver on a long-overdue promise

Mind and Body

White people are shown to have peculiar ideas about “diversity” —study

The Inverse Review

Raya and the Last Dragon is the best post-apocalypse epic since Mad Max: Fury Road

A blend of familiar Disney formula and Southeast Asian-inspired folklore, Raya and the Last Dragon is an instant classic that is light on its feet.

Different beats

White cops are different from Black cops in 1 crucial way, study shows

Inverse Daily

The shocking statistics about Black heart transplants

Racism can produce life-or-death consequences more often than you think.

LGBTQ+
Star Wars is for Everyone

The Acolyte casting news fixes a huge Star Wars fandom problem

The “female-led” series may have a nonbinary star.

Entertainment

Inside Superman’s historic reveal: Why DC is right to redefine its hero

Jon Kent is bisexual, reveals an upcoming comic. Changing everything we knew about the Man of Steel, the development keeps his essence intact.

Hanging on by a Webb

NASA may still rename the controversial Webb Telescope. Here's how.

NASA shows no signs of relenting on its stance to not rename the James Webb Telescope, but a New York State Senator suggests this it's a long game.

We Are Venom

'Venom 2' redefines Eddie and Venom’s relationship in one revolutionary way

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' didn't just break box-office records. The sequel also breaks ground in how it depicts its main couple.

In the Beginning

Phastos: Marvel’s Eternals rating reveals a historic new character detail

Marvel's first openly gay superhero will make his big-screen debut in Eternals.

Fascinating

Strange New Worlds could change Spock in one huge, historic way

Star Trek fans know that Spock isn't strictly heterosexual. Could it become canon?

Gamer Pride

"Toxic online mentality": Trans employees of Activision Blizzard speak

At Activision Blizzard, LGBTQ+ employees say they experienced a toxic work environment and were forced into the closet.

Fluid

The science of sexual orientation

Can genes explain sexuality? Should we even try to know?

Robin takes Wing

Is Robin bisexual? Maybe, but it shouldn’t matter

The comics show Tim Drake accepting a date from a male suitor, but that doesn't mean anything concrete just yet.

Mischief Managed

'Loki' Season 2 can still fix Season 1's biggest disappointment

Does calling Loki genderfluid matter if we don’t see it meaningfully depicted on screen?

The Inverse Interview

Sylvie isn't just "Lady Loki," Sophia Di Martino tells Inverse

Sophia Di Martino is now the mirror image of Loki but she's quick to remind fans that Sylvie is her own person with her own story yet to be explored.

Mischief Managed

Is Loki bisexual? Marvel finally fixes the worst part of the MCU

It’s been a long time coming.

gender reveal

Is Loki genderfluid? "It's always been there," Tom Hiddleston tells Inverse

Over the weekend, Marvel revealed that Loki may be genderfluid in the MCU. Here's why that matters, according to Tom Hiddleston and 'Loki' writer Michael Waldron.

Gaming

You need to play the best pride game on Xbox Game Pass ASAP

Celeste is about a lot more than climbing a mountain.

Long Overdue

WandaVision may have secretly solved the MCU’s worst problem

Just as LGBTQ+ people have always existed in history, they’ve also always existed in the MCU.

The Better Batch

Star Wars may have just introduced its first onscreen transgender character

Star Wars’ newest mysterious kid could be a huge win for representation.

All stories
Roof of the World

At the “Roof of the World,” solar power is a necessary evil

Since the fall of the Soviet Union and Tajikistan’s subsequent independence in 1991, neither state-supplied electricity nor state water has reached Alichur, a town of 2,000 people that sits 13,000 feet above sea level in the Pamir Mountains.

Slurp

The surprising connection between straws and funerals

These might be the oldest straws in our possession today.

Culture

Living through Tajikistan’s climate apocalypse

The Roof of the World

In Tajikistan, a deadly new type of climate crisis has already arrived

Part one in a three-part series: The climate crisis at the Roof of the World.

Culture

Pompeii's ruins reveal our morbid obsession with death

It’s uncanny.

Trippy

Ancient Peruvian politicians partied way harder than we thought

How to rule: Drink beer and trip balls.

Feature

What happens after someone else makes your movie?

Feature

"A screensaver for your brain." The joys of virtual trucking.

Innovation

Why do people get lead poisoning? Earth scientists explains what to look for

... and how it could soon change for the better.

Culture

People worked harder 100 years ago — so why can't you manage your time?

Is time speeding up?

Science

Linguists are using Star Trek to save endangered languages

Klingon, Elvish, and other fictional tongues have a few tricks up their sleeve.

Science

Look: Ancient lyre from Kazakhstan could rewrite medieval history

The Sutton Hoo lyre has a cousin.

Culture

How ancient Vikings used a surprising innovation to get ahead

Vikings spread out across Europe. Here’s how.

Culture

3,500 years ago in ancient Egypt, this basic material was treasure

The material’s rich history is being traced using modern archaeology and materials science.

Culture

How much do people lie on social media? The answer is less than you think

Be careful what you read.

Culture

Sad Dads: The battle to recognize postpartum depression in new fathers

This is an excerpt from Fatherhood: A Comprehensive Guide to Birth, Budgeting, Finding Flow, and Becoming a Happy Parent.