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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
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.

Codex

China's ambitious Tiangong space station: The complete guide

Future Earth 2121

In 1986, Star Trek pushed a Greenpeace agenda as a blockbuster movie. It worked.

The legacy of 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage' is more than just a goofy movie time travel movie. Here's how it changed our world for the better.

Star-Spangled Man

John Walker is the best Captain America for one unexpected reason

Though his motivations are suspect, John Walker could be a better fit for Captain America than Steve Rogers himself.

Mind and Body

See what separates QAnon followers from you

Conspiracy theories may have a stark connection to the mental health crisis.

Carded

Vaccine passports are our inevitable future

Vaccine passports are already here.

Social Justice
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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.

Guessing game

35 bold predictions on Elon Musk, vaccines, and aliens from Inverse Daily readers

We asked Inverse Daily readers to send us their predictions for 2021. Here's what they had to say.

Black Lives Matter

7 video games by Black developers you can support right now

One way you can show your support for the Black Lives Matter movement is by supporting Black developers within the gaming industry. Here are 7 games you can support right now.

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

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

Inverse Daily

The shocking statistics about Black heart transplants

Racism can produce life-or-death consequences more often than you think.

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The most underrated action series of the century is finally streaming on HBO Max

Created by Bruce Lee, this martial arts period thriller is now available in full on HBO Max.

The Inverse Interview

Warrior's most epic episode takes on America's racist history

“We didn’t want it to be fun. We wanted to feel the pain of this.”

The Superhero Issue

Super Change: What if our favorite stories were actually inclusive?

Inverse asked 17 creators of color to make one change in the history of genre pop culture. Here's what they said.

LGBTQ+
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.

Torchwood is Ready

You need to watch the most underrated sci-fi show of the century on HBO Max ASAP

Don't call Torchwood a Doctor Who spin-off. It's cooler than that.

Bad Reputation

Can a Harry Potter video game be saved after months of controversy?

The Inverse Interview

Justice Smith on defining a Generation and Detective Pikachu 2

Smith speaks with Inverse about his new HBO Max drama and why his days catching Pokémon are almost certainly at an end.

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.

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Worldview

An occasional Inverse series on the hidden histories of inspiring destinations for the curious world traveler.

Worldview

A 96 million-year-old fossil is the best reason to visit Texas for science geeks

A single fossil casts fresh light on the Lone Star State.

Hold your applause

5 Olympic Games that never happened

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

Covid-19

Why Becca Meyers left the Paralympics: "How can I trust that I will be safe?"

Reasonable, essential accommodations shouldn't even be a question for Paralympic athletes.

Culture

Is weed harmful to dogs? What to do if your dog eats your pot brownie

Not for dogs.

Bounce

Naomi Osaka and the power of no: What we can learn from the tennis champ

A psychiatrist explains why we should all be more like Osaka.

Culture

Ancient table scraps offer a fresh twist on Jewish culinary heritage

How we eat reflects how we live — now and in the past.

Love Chip

HBO Max’s best sci-fi series reveals the dangers of a controversial new technology

A new HBOMax sci-fi comedy series explores the futuristic science of brain implants through one couple's complicated marriage. How realistic is the tech in 'Made for Love'?

Boldly Forward

Star Trek's next big comeback could finally deliver on a long-overdue promise

Musk See TV

Elon Musk hosting SNL has no good outcomes

The gig has only one possible result: promoting Elon Musk himself.

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You need to watch the best psychological cult thriller on Netflix ASAP

Karyn Kusama has established herself as one of the smartest genre directors working today. But this underrated film on Netflix may be her best work yet.

Under His Eye

How 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 is staying relevant in a post-Trump America

With the fourth season coming to Hulu on April 28, here's all you need to know about what's next for 'The Handmaid's Tale.'