Anti-racism protestors demonstrate by a mural of England forward Marcus Rashford after it was deface...

Culture

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.

LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
Politics
Strange New Politics

Fox News is wrong, Star Trek has always been “woke”

A recent op-ed accuses new Trek shows of partisanship but forgets historical facts.

Gaming

Bungie is currently the only video game company standing up for Roe v. Wade

I’m shocked! Well, not that shocked.

Innovation

Is Russia's withdrawal from the ISS a bluff? Why it’s too soon to say if it’s leaving

Recent comments suggest Roscosmos intends to leave the International Space Stations over Ukraine war-related sanctions.

Innovation

SpaceX Starlink: New price strategy, speed, order details for the internet service

Starlink could offer high-speed internet to those that need it most.

Science

The Ukraine war reveals the biggest problem with humanity's approach to climate change

The invasion has highlighted both the dangers of ignoring producer responsibility for fossil fuels and an opportunity to embrace it.

Science

How the Ukraine war destroyed Germany's “bridge” to clean energy

The 'Energiewende' relies on gas as a bridge between a coal-powered past and renewable future.

Culture

A deadly, drug-resistant disease could spread because of the war in Ukraine

This year was always going to be an uphill battle as global health systems recover from the pandemic.

Conflict

War in Ukraine forces Starlink competitor OneWeb to use SpaceX for launches

SpaceX has entered into an agreement to start launching satellites for a competitor to Starlink.

Space history

8 years ago, the U.S. and Russia played chicken with the ISS — will history repeat itself?

Russian and the USA's 2014 diplomatic spat over the ISS also provides a blueprint for understanding the current clash over the space station — and how this fresh fight may ultimately pan out.

Damn

Russian invasion of Ukraine derails a vital mission to find alien life on Mars

International space collaboration is in peril.

The Inverse Interview

Star Trek: Discovery showrunner explains that shocking Season 4 finale cameo [Exclusive]

Discovery just honored a real-life Trek fan who’s making a huge difference in the real world.

Exclusive

Bethesda founder calls for action on Ukraine

AX-1

Axiom Space VP defends private mission to the ISS: “We’re not space tourists”

This is not supposed to be fun...

ISS

Russia official warns of “uncontrolled deorbit” of ISS, a beacon of international space science

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, issued a stark warning.

The Future of EVs

Study reveals a massive clean energy flaw in Biden's 2030 EV plan

Electric vehicles won’t save the environment unless we make one big fix.

Science

Can we block the Sun to fight climate change? The controversial science, explained

This could make natural catastrophes worse.

Social Justice
The Rules of Time Travel

How Watchmen uses time travel to explore the sinister cycles of racism

The HBO adaptation of the iconic graphic novel examines generational trauma via time alteration.

Entertainment

How Everything Everywhere All at Once wields science fiction in a new, empowering way

Michelle Yeoh’s sci-fi epic uses the multiverse to explore the desires and dreams of Chinese Americans.

Unequal

Dementia rates of Indigenous Australians show the lifelong impact of racism

The shockingly high rates have implications beyond one country.

Culture

Atlanta Season 3 review: Donald Glover is more confident and unpredictable than ever

The FX series returns to remind you there is nothing else quite like it.

DC

The Batman finally holds Bruce Wayne accountable in one historic way

Matt Reeves gives viewers the most nuanced understanding of criminality ever depicted in a Batman film.

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.

Inverse Recommends

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?

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.

Hello there

Welcome to Inverse 2.0

You love to see it

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
The Rules of Time Travel

How Watchmen uses time travel to explore the sinister cycles of racism

The HBO adaptation of the iconic graphic novel examines generational trauma via time alteration.

Woke

Black Americans get worse sleep — a study says the problem is getting worse

It might be another long aftereffect of the recession.

Toxic Racism

New research reveals disturbing racial disparities in U.S. air pollution

Recent reports reveal how historically marginalized communities experience greater air pollution exposure.

Climate Crisis

Do you live here? Maps reveal the U.S. regions most at risk of floods

Costal and inland flooding alike will greatly shape the nation’s future.

Red Alert

Climate change study reveals a spike in flood risk areas in the U.S. by 2050

The findings will help us better protect those most at risk.

Unequal

Gut microbiome study reveals the depths of racial health disparities

Time for a gut check.

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.

LGBTQ+
The Inverse Interview

Steven Moffat on J.K. Rowling's anti-trans stance: "Just be nice"

The 'Doctor Who' showrunner comments on his social justice stance and the Harry Potter author's "gender critical" views.

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?

Long Reads

Gay yearning drives fandoms — here’s why it deserves more attention

From Killing Eve to It: Chapter Two, gay yearning allows stories to endure beyond the last scene.

Inverse Gaming Interviews

“We need to stop this now”: How tabletop RPGs raised $350,000 for trans charities

Inside the overnight success of the TTRPGs for Trans Rights Texas bundle.

Pride Flag

'Our Flag Means Death' finally portrays historical queerness correctly

The HBO Max series delivers a shocking twist with more historical merit than you may think.

Roomies!

Batgirl casts trans actress in a historic superhero movie first

The DCEU breaks new ground.

Out and Proud

'Thor 4' could feature a surprising and historic romance, Tessa Thompson reveals

Finally, there’s space for Valkyrie to lead her own story.

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.

All stories
The Rules of Time Travel

10 best time travel movies ever, ranked

The complicated history of time travel in 10 movies.

Forest for the Trees

Studies linking nature to better mental health focus on wealthy nations — here's why that's a huge problem

Outdoor psychology has a cultural bias problem

Culture

Behold! This incredible Boba Fett watch has a sky-high price to match

You’ll need to save some major credits for this one.

Words

Wordle creator just discovered your new word game obsession

The Wordle on the street.

Culture

How to help your pet lose weight: 4 tips for healthy cats and dogs

Want your pet to live longer? Start by following these four guidelines.

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?

Mind and Body

Your shoes are covered in crap and forever chemicals. Don't wear them inside.

What’s living on your living room floor?

Retrospective

20 years ago, 'Scorpion King' turned The Rock into a movie star

No eejits

Elden Ring's best bosses and locations drew inspiration from an unlikely source

It’s no accident.

Culture

Scientists have solved the most annoying part of owning a car in cities

What is the best way to maximize the number of cars that can park on a street?

Culture

A deadly, drug-resistant disease could spread because of the war in Ukraine

This year was always going to be an uphill battle as global health systems recover from the pandemic.

Who's who

Pieces of Her cast: Where you've seen the Netflix stars before

Here’s how you know the cast of Netflix’s new hit, Pieces of Her.

Mind and Body

You don't need to be happy — 5 tips to actually thrive

To put it simply, being happy is not a priority in these situations.

Feature

In Kashmir, indigenous Muslim healers cure broken bones with spirituality — and science

Science has revolutionized medicine so profoundly but there are still many people living in Indian-administered Kashmir who believe in a more spiritual treatment for bone injuries.

Innovation

Is Bitcoin a religion? What the answer reveals about humanity

Some Bitcoiners view Bitcoin as not just a way to make money, but as the answer to all of humanity’s problems.

Science

The scientific case to abolish fast-food drive-throughs has nothing to do with obesity

This service has become indispensable for many.