Optimize is Inverse’s wellness-focused back-to-school guide, providing students of all ages with the science-backed tips they need to prepare their minds and bodies for the return to school.

Meet the young innovators of today
Young Innovators

These teens want to solve plastic pollution through gene-editing

Owen Plourde and Raphaela De Marchi Padovani come up with ideas for a better future.

Young Innovators

Michelle Kunimoto boldly discovers where no one has before

The 26-year-old has found over 20 exoplanets, and wants others to try their hands at it, too.

young innovators

An EEG for Black people: It came to Arnelle Etienne in a dream

The young innovator is expanding neuroscience to include people like her.

Young Innovators

Masaki Takeuchi is using A.I. to give a voice to the voiceless

People who have been robbed of their voice due to cancer can not only speak again, but speak with their own voice, not a robot's.


Young Innovators

Meet the next generation's leading voices in science, technology, engineering, and math.


How Kevin Glunt Went From Struggling Student to Sending an A.I. Computer to the ISS

"After it launched, I literally threw my phone cheering."


Jamie Margolin: Teen Activist Is a Leading Voice in the Climate Crisis

Jamie Margolin isn't a future leader. She's leading now.


How a 14-Year-Old Is Building a Yelp for Accessibility in Major Cities

Alex Knoll's concept app could make getting around easier for people living with a disability.


A Long Island Teen Is Forging a Path to Mars, One Homemade Rocket at a Time

"No one wanted to give me any advice in case I blew up and they were involved."


Madeleine Yang: Detroit Teen Takes Home $100,000 for Work on Flu Vaccine

"My own community in Detroit was particularly hard hit."


An Alabama Teen 3D-Printed a Foot So That a Wounded Marine Could Snowboard

An unlikely duo makes waves.


Atlanta Teens Behind Mental Health "Panic Button" Take on Georgia Legislature

"Now I'm not just living for more than myself. Now I have to keep on living."


Teen Inventor Allie Weber Knows Problems Can Be Solved While Having Fun

For the patent-pending TV host, no challenge is too big or too small.


How a California Teen Is Helping Scientists Look for Aliens

"It sounded like something out of a sci-fi movie." 


How Two College Students Hacked Consumer Drones to Find Landmines

This could save thousands of lives.


Meghana Bollimpalli: Arkansas Teen Helps Create Low-Cost Supercapacitor

"If the product that you’re making or designing isn’t cheap, nobody’s going to use it."

Load up on new gear

The 6 most durable backpacks

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The 6 Best Backpacks For Men

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The 9 best minimalist backpacks, according to reviewers

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Mind and Body

These drawstring backpacks are lightweight & functional as hell

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Start The Year Right With The 3 Best Laptop Backpacks For Students

Go back to school in style with these awesome backpacks to keep your laptop safe. 


Best Hard Shell Backpacks

You need the right equipment to protect your tech. 


10 Essential Items for Getting the Most Out of Back to School Sales

Headed back to school? Don't miss out on these essential items.


The Best Tech Backpacks You Can Buy Right Now

Stylish and functional.


These Are the Best Back to School Backpacks for Under $100

It's almost time for the kids to head back to school.

The 3 Best Tech Backpacks

They all come with a laptop case so you won't need to buy one


4 Best Backpacks to Take on an Airplane

Big Enough for a Few Days, Small Enough for the Overhead Bin

Mind and Body

Men's Bags That Look Cool as Hell

Because you need your stuff with you.


We Love This Functional Briefcase and So Should You

The Cary Single is the perfect combination of style and function

Mind and Body

5 Backpacks and Messenger Bags We're Obsessed With

Carry your stuff in something that looks awesome and doesn't hurt your back or need your hands


A Men's Duffle Bag as Rugged as It Is Beautiful 

The WP Standard Military Duffle Bag Passes Our Inspection

Live Your Best Cartoon Life With This Amazingly Weird, Eye-Fooling Bag

Wearing a backpack has never been this cool

Science-backed strategies to live by
eat up again

You need to read how this entrepreneur turned garbage into delicious snacks

“Because our budget is so tight, everything we spend on feels important to the success of the business.”


The one key to workplace success everyone can use

Researchers didn’t uncover gender discrimination, but rather a proclivity to listen to people who expressed confidence.

growing good

How this company went from a few farms to filling up frozen food aisles

Pitaya Foods helps the South American farmers it sources fruit from to obtain organic certification.

cooperation makes it happen

Who is the ‘Lebron’ of your office? Star employees bring 1 weird benefit

In the NBA, there's a whole team — not just your Lebrons, Jordans, and Currys. But sometimes, stars need to shine. Other times, it's good to pull from the bench.


How the granola company that fed Google weathered the pandemic

The pandemic has forced the founder of gr8nola to branch out from her formerly reliable business-to-business channel.


Spain is about to embark on the biggest 4-day workweek experiment ever

"We're launching into the real debate of our times."

time is money

A slow response to a question can have surprising consequences

“If you think the answer is easy, respond fast!”


The 5 questions you should expect at your next job interview

Recent survey results reveal what you can anticipate, as well as a few surprises that might be headed your way.

A matter of time

Why experts say our ideas of time management are all wrong

Thinking of it in terms of productivity may not be right the way to go.


Can marijuana make you more creative in business? 4 billionaires who may agree

Smoking pot can help generate ideas — but there’s a catch, say scientists.

mirror mirror

Study reveals 1 counterintuitive technique helps men beat low self-esteem

Are you your own best role model?


The surprising reason you should turn your webcam off during meetings

You can take a meeting in pajamas and save the environment at the same time. That's the unexpected finding from new research about the value in leaving your camera off during web conference meetings.


4 essential strategies to reboot your life in 2021

Self-improvement is an inside job. Here's how to start.


Why do our minds wander? Brain study shows benefits of daydreaming

Researchers outline the cognitive benefits of daydreaming, developing a way to detect different trains of thought in the brain.


Studies show 1 brain hack can stop addiction cold

Why curiosity may be the antidote to addiction.


"Mom's spaghetti": 3 studies show how to use stress for good

Research shows how you think about stress influences your body's response to it.