Social Justice
Inverse Staff
The work we do in science, innovation, and entertainment interacts with politics, because politics is life. Our three big categories interact with politics often because it’s inevitable — politics is as much a part of life about any science, innovation, and entertainment. To that end, here are some stories we are particularly proud of that intersect with injustice.
Space Force: a show that fails to understand reality or anything else
David Grossman
Space Force doesn't seem to have a clue about the military's newest organization. That would be fine if it had anything to say.
Dating over Zoom? Recognize there's one outcome you should consider
Sheril Kirshenbaum
As states start to ease restrictions, some may have broached taking the next step: an in-person rendezvous. What are the chances that their online connection will lead to true love?
How Tech Saved...
How technology saved the home stereo
Sarah Wells
Hardwired components speakers are a thing of the past, but their high-tech, wireless counterparts are just getting started.
Stay alert, infodemic, Black Death: the fascinating origins of pandemic terms
Simon Horobin
Language always tells a story. As COVID-19 shakes the world, many of the words we’re using to describe it originated during earlier calamities – and have colourful tales behind them.
Can you spread the Covid-19 with cash? A health scientist splits fact from fiction
Marilyn Roberts
A health scientist splits fact from fiction.
Good boys
Covid-19 is affecting shelter dogs — for better and for worse
Sarah Sloat
Animal rescue groups explain how the pandemic has changed operations.
Home Hacks: How to easily allow more nature into your house
Kevin Nute
Pandemics change everything, including the way we design buildings.
How can you be safe at a pool, the beach, or a park?
Claudia Finkelstein
A doctor offers guidance as coronavirus distancing measures lifted
As one of the experts urging governors to require masks, here's my pitch.
Jeremy Howard
It appeared that universal mask-wearing could be one of the most important tools in tackling the spread of COVID-19.
Social distancing: We can't give up after we've come so far
Daniel Harris and Catharine Chambers
We should still strive to stay socially connected, albeit in a different, more virtual way.
2020 could be the unsolicited jolt the world needs
Pep Canadell, Corinne Le Quéré, Matthew William Jones, Felix Creutzig, Glen Peters, Pierre Friedlingstein, Rob Jackson and Yuli Shan
The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed.
The more you know
Covid-19 grocery shopping: 5 questions and answers
Erin DiCaprio
As a food virologist, I hear a lot of questions.
Big if true
7 traits of conspiratorial thinking
John Cook, Sander van der Linden, Ullrich Ecker and Stephan Lewandowsky
No matter the details of the plot, conspiracy theories follow common patterns of thought.
Say cheese
A.I. can now correctly predict something we think about privately
Sarah Wells
Researchers trained an A.I. on over 31,000 selfies to help it learn how to judge our personalities based on facial features alone.
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole: The epic story of the Hawaiian singer's iconic cover
Eric Francisco
The late Israel Kamakawiwoʻole sang his most iconic track in just one take.
As NASA's biggest mission in years looms, its engineers get creative
Passant Rabie
NASA is working to make sure its biggest mission in years isn't derailed by Covid-19.
Is isolation a feeling?
Carly Osborn
Isolation feels like being stuck on the couch despite having time for a walk. Isolation feels like comfort eating nachos and box wine.
The historical roots of your lockdown sourdough baking
Muzna Rahman
Many home cooks have taken to baking sourdough as a show that they are OK in lockdown.
The paradox of social distancing: We’ve grown closer to co-workers
Andrew Gaudes
Working from home means people see their co-workers in a different and more personal context.