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Inverse Daily: What's next for Perseverance on Mars

Test drive complete.

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Welcome to the March 8, 2021, edition of Inverse Daily. I'm Nick Lucchesi, editor-in-chief for Inverse.

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March 8 — Happy International Women’s Day, which was first established in 1911. In those early tumultuous years, there were plenty of historic reasons for such a day, as you might imagine. And there are just as many reasons for it in the present.

This year's theme is "Choose to Challenge," and it's defined by choosing to call out gender bias and inequality, choosing to celebrate women's achievements, and choosing to create an inclusive world.

In that spirit, let's dive into 5 stories that I hope enliven your brain this week.

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The reasons could be emotional or counterintuitive. In fact, the more unlikely the story, the better.

I'm collecting my favorites for a new project, and I'll publish a selection of responses in an upcoming edition of Inverse Daily. Thank you!

Onto the 5 stories that will expand your mind.

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1. Go-go Mars rover

On Friday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced mission engineers have — among other milestones — taken the Perseverance rover out on a test drive.

The Mars 2020 rover only drove a few feet — a total of six-and-a-half meters, according to Anais Zarifian, Perseverance mobility testbed engineer. “Now that we’ve shown that we’re able to drive and can do this, our mobility system is showing us that we can do so much more,” Zarifian said.

Read the full story here.

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2. Brainpower

Exercising is not only a way to improve your physical health, but your mental health as well. The benefits are more pronounced than you might otherwise guess.

With spring approaching, we've put together a guide to five exercises best associated with improving brain health.

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3. The nose knows

While people need to drink water daily, apes in the rainforest can go several days or weeks without water. (They meet most of their needs with food.)

Surprisingly, a new study reveals humans actually conserve water more efficiently than other apes.

The researchers suggest the prominent noses of humans — compared to other apes' flatter nasal passages — might account for the difference in water conservation.

Read the full story here.

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4. 5 o'clock somewhere

People in skilled trade jobs are more likely to be heavy drinkers than people in professional positions, a new study has found.

But this tends to revert in the specific case of women, who are more likely to be heavy drinkers when in managerial-professional roles

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5. "Doomed lesbians"?

Lesbian representation in video games has increased in recent years. While that's a welcome shift, how relationships are portrayed still leaves a lot to be desired.

"Lesbian couples in media are doomed to the point that when one of them doesn't die, it feels like an LGBT milestone,” one expert tells Inverse. “That should change, no question." Read the full story here.

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