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Climate Crisis
Ribbit

Scientists see a strange — and worrying — climate change effect in frogs

It's not a good sign.

Mind and Body

The psychological reason you’re too sad to read the news

It can be too much sometimes.

City Living

Is planting trees good for cities? Why this question misses an essential truth

This is a two-way street.

Metamorphosis

Look: 7 incredible views into the mysterious lives of butterflies

They’re more than just flashy colors.

Nature Watch

Does nature have legal rights? The answer is not as simple as you think

Recent court cases in the US and Latin America bring up a contentious question: Does nature have legal standing in a court of law?

Science

Mysterious Chernobyl fungus could protect future astronauts

Could the future of spaceflight be mushrooms?

Science

A 418-year-old revelation could light up future cities

Bike lanes and homes could soon glow like a Halloween decoration — for the environment.

Innovation

Cars will soon be essential for powering your home. Here’s why.

Electric cars could help to power millions of households in the coming years, simply by harnessing their battery power.

Science

Why most the boring garden plant might also be critical to biodiversity

Britain’s humble hedge has much to teach.

go deep

Scientists accidentally discover a first-of-its-kind mineral from deep inside Earth

Deep in the earth, scientists have discovered something brand new.

Reel Science

The best post-apocalypse movie of 2021 reveals one vital reason we need A.I.

In Finch, Tom Hanks relies on a robot that predicts superstorms. IRL scientists are working on similar technology.

Crisis

Will primates become extinct? 7 experts explain the looming threat

Primates are finding it difficult to adapt to habitat loss and climate change, leading to population declines and prompting worries about their extinction.

Countdown

What did COP26 actually accomplish?

Here are 11 decisions made in Glasgow that could slow the climate crisis — really!

Science

An obscure Darwin idea could be key to solving the climate crisis

It has taken a century and a half to make people take Darwin’s proposal seriously and apply it to trees.

Game Recs

You need to play Sega's most sinister nature game on Nintendo Switch Online

This mammal is ready to protect the ocean!

bye bye birdie

Look: Birds in the Amazon Rainforest are shrinking due to climate change

Even the most geographically remote species can't avoid the climate crisis.

Nature walk
Ribbit

Scientists see a strange — and worrying — climate change effect in frogs

It's not a good sign.

City Living

Is planting trees good for cities? Why this question misses an essential truth

This is a two-way street.

Nature Watch

Does nature have legal rights? The answer is not as simple as you think

Recent court cases in the US and Latin America bring up a contentious question: Does nature have legal standing in a court of law?

Crisis

Will primates become extinct? 7 experts explain the looming threat

Primates are finding it difficult to adapt to habitat loss and climate change, leading to population declines and prompting worries about their extinction.

Countdown

What did COP26 actually accomplish?

Here are 11 decisions made in Glasgow that could slow the climate crisis — really!

Science

White-tailed deer study hints at a frightening new era for Covid-19

“We’re in uncharted territory.”

You heard us

Ancient “penis worms” reveal a fascinating insight into early animal evolution

A creature “not renowned for its ingenuity today” still took an incredible step.

Climate crisis

Scientists find a mind-bending link between sea ice loss and California wildfires

Model simulations suggest a link between sea ice loss and the increasing probability of large wildfires.

How Save a Planet

COP26: The UN climate conference that will decide our planet’s future

Here are three reasons why you need to pay attention.

Rockin' Rhythm

A “singing” endangered animal reveals the evolutionary origins of music

These lemurs have got some groove.

Sweet Summer Child

Scientists predict the year polar bears will disappear from this part of the world

It's sooner than you think.

Time Machine

A Yucatan forest “trapped in time” reveals why an ancient threat can get worse

This breathtaking ecosystem preserved Earth's past.

Feasts with Friends

Bloodsucking bats have one thing in common with humans

These blood-sucking creatures get by with a little help from their friends.

Survival of the Fittest

4 ways the climate crisis is causing animals to ‘shapeshift’

Scientists explain the bizarre ways animal bodies adapt to a warming world.

Adaptation

These 5 resilient cities can teach us how to survive the climate crisis

These cities can teach other urban spaces how to move forward.

How to Save a Planet

To avoid catastrophe, this shocking amount of fossil fuels must stay in the ground

Scientists stress 60 percent of oil and fossil methane gas and 90 percent of coal must stay in the ground to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 °C.

LIFE IN SPACE
look up!

Geminids: You need to watch the fiery fragments of an asteroid fall to Earth

It will be the last major meteor shower of the year.

Innovation

SpaceX: Elon Musk explains how Mars city will make humanity interstellar

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has big plans to send humanity to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

Spaced

60 years ago, a space chimpanzee made history — and left a dark legacy

Enos the chimpanzee orbited the Earth before John Glenn. Neither Enos or John were happy about that.

Science

New technology would literally throw satellites into orbit

For today’s commercial space companies providing launch services to orbit, the name of the game is simple: “do it cheaper.”

Inverse Recommends

You need to watch the most explosive space thriller on Amazon Prime ASAP

Experience a different kind of space odyssey.

Safety Last

Rand Simberg reveals the surprising hurdle in Elon Musk's way

Rand Simberg wants to clear SpaceX's "regulatory underbrush."

Inverse Recommends

You need to watch the most masterful sci-fi epic on HBO Max ASAP

This 1972 masterpiece contains multitudes.

This week in science

NASA's DART launch and more: Understand the world through 9 images

Musk Reads

Ex-Tesla employee calls Musk’s company “nightmarish” for women in new lawsuit

Tesla is served, SpaceX presents, Elon Musk kills 69 jokes forever.

extended stay

Human life on the Moon could depend on a substance deadly to animals on Earth

The solid carbon dioxide could be used as fuel for a sustainable human presence on the Moon.

doomsday

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test: Launch time, how to watch, and asteroid impact

The DART mission will test out if we can really deflect a future incoming asteroid.

Innovation

Are space rockets bad for the Earth? Why the question ignores an important truth

SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and others are launching more rockets than ever. Is it good for the planet?

let it flow

NASA finds ancient lava flows deep below Mars’ surface

The new finding raises the chances of the planet's past habitability.

Ingenuity

Look: NASA Ingenuity flight 15 comes to life in new video

See Ingenuity’s flight brought to life in a new video.

gravity free lunch

Nostalgia is the future of space food

The future of space is changing and space food is changing along with it. A scientist explains how emotions will be crucial for the future of space dining.

Science

Mysterious Chernobyl fungus could protect future astronauts

Could the future of spaceflight be mushrooms?

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Innovation

Physicists have detected a "ghost" particle at CERN for the first time

CERN physicists captured a tau neutrino using a photography-like method.

Ribbit

Scientists see a strange — and worrying — climate change effect in frogs

It's not a good sign.

look up!

Geminids: You need to watch the fiery fragments of an asteroid fall to Earth

It will be the last major meteor shower of the year.

Crushing it

Look: “Super jelly” experiment defies the laws of physics

This is essentially Flubber — but real.

Spaced

60 years ago, a space chimpanzee made history — and left a dark legacy

Enos the chimpanzee orbited the Earth before John Glenn. Neither Enos or John were happy about that.

Reel Science

The most underrated sci-fi sequel on HBO Max reveals a real controversial technology

“Imagine what problems we could solve if we had IQs of 10,000 or more. Why not?”

Science

Stress can influence your genes: Here’s how to fight back

Stress affects up to 90 percent of people.

Science

The scientific reason why it’s so hard to stick to a diet

That’s why it’s so hard to beat the cravings.

Science

The Moon’s surface could provide oxygen for 8 billion people

The Moon rocks.

Culture

How ancient Vikings used a surprising innovation to get ahead

Vikings spread out across Europe. Here’s how.

Science

This could be why Russia blew up its own satellite

There's a range of possible answers. None of them are great.

Check, Please!

Can you get high on nutmeg? A doctor explains what it does to the brain

Nutmeg is a potent spice sprinkled across holiday drinks, but ingesting too much may just land you in the hospital if you're not careful.

Hello Kitty

Why doesn’t my cat like me? Six ways to put your pet at ease

Cat experts offer advice on getting a cat to like you, including science-backed tips on giving your feline a sense of control and putting them at ease.

City Living

Is planting trees good for cities? Why this question misses an essential truth

This is a two-way street.

Metamorphosis

Look: 7 incredible views into the mysterious lives of butterflies

They’re more than just flashy colors.

This week in science

NASA's DART launch and more: Understand the world through 9 images