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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
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.”

Busy Bees

Hidden in the infrastructure bill is a $2 million fight to save a vital creature

Why is Congress trying to save the bees? It's complicated.

Culture

Magic mushrooms: Why cancer patients are suing the DEA

Plus: the diet your memory needs now.

Future of Medicine

For terminally ill people, mushroom legality may come too late

A doctor and two cancer patients are suing the DEA in an attempt to receive therapeutic access to psilocybin, one of the compounds in magic mushrooms.

Hold your applause

5 Olympic Games that never happened

If the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are cancelled, it won’t be the first time.

The Inverse Interview

Henry Golding has main character energy

Innovation

The Pentagon UFO Report is just the beginning. Here’s what happens next.

Four big mysteries remain, and three groups can solve them.

Loki

Franklin D. Roosevelt High School: Marvel’s weirdest Easter egg ever, explained

Did Loki just reference one of the strangest episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?

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.”

Gaming

Battlefield 2042 is repeating the MCU's biggest pop culture problem

Video games need to get comfortable with offending people — here's why.

Mind and Body

Covid-19 "lab leak": Why it's worth looking into

It’s essential we understand where Covid-19 came from — and that includes taking a critical look at the lab leak hypothesis.

Social Justice
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.

Race
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

LGBTQ+
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.

Gaming

'Last of Us 2' reveals why the worst trope in video games needs to die in 2021

The creators of one of 2020’s biggest indies, an industry insider, and a queer gamer discuss why doomed lesbianism is so damaging, and how games can do better going forward.

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Culture

32 Life Hack Products Reddit Is Obsessed With

We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

Caveman Chic

Look: Ancient tools reveal how early humans made clothes

That fur cape is so last season.

Culture

37 Genius Things That Work So Well They Should Cost Twice As Much

We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

Culture

4 reasons ordinary people become spies

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

Reel Science

The best sci-fi thriller on HBO Max infiltrates the mind — literally

Experts weigh in on the mind-expanding memory tech at the center of sci-fi thriller 'Reminiscence,' starring Hugh Jackman.

Culture

Is it a crime to forge a vaccine card? And what’s the penalty for using a fake?

It’s not good.

Culture

The secret to modern happiness could come from an unlikely ancient source

We may need to look back.

Culture

Why this type of bike has an unfair reputation

Electronic bikes are better than their reputation among mountain bikers might suggest.

Culture

Voynich manuscript: Why this 400-year-old text has left academia puzzled

The meaning of the cryptic text has eluded scholars for centuries. Their latest efforts include computational analyses seeking new insights into the medieval enigma.

Worldview

Stonehenge: Travelers who love ancient legends should visit this enigmatic site

For centuries still, the rocks have held onto these secrets — but now a pioneering study reveals the answer to at least one of these mysteries: How Stonehenge has managed to stand the test of time.

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.

Culture

Cybersecurity experts reveal how to stop hackers accessing your Android

It’s now well known that usernames and passwords aren’t enough to securely access online services.