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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
Full Beast

Succession Season 3 Episode 1 Ending Explained: Where is Shiv going?

And who is taking over Waystar-Royco?

Full Beast Mode

Succession Season 3 premiere release date, time, plot, trailer, and HBO schedule

Everything we know about Succession's long-awaited return.

Innovation

Elon Musk's big future: 8 predictions he made this week

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.

Codex

China's ambitious Tiangong space station: The complete guide

Social Justice
The Superhero Issue

What’s wrong with wanting to be saved?

Just because I’m a Black, queer, woman, and ostensibly un-Christian doesn’t mean I don’t want a Sky Daddy to come and make things easier for me.

The Superhero Issue

We, the Super Ones

Black women are already superheroes, even if Hollywood doesn’t see it.

The Superhero Issue

Roxane Gay: A letter from the editor

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.

Inverse Recommends

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.

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.

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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Welcome to Inverse 2.0

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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.

Science

Debate Psychology: 5 Science-Backed Tips to Avoid Getting Your Brain Hacked

A guide to thinking critically while watching televised political debates.

Culture

7,500 Women Scientists Are Ready to Answer All of Your Science Questions

Now there's no excuse to only ask only male scientists.

Innovation

Andrew Yang Talks UBI, Deep Fakes in Tech Savvy Presidential Town Hall

Andrew Yang is not a single issue candidate. 

Entertainment

The Future of DIY Content Is Full of Risky, Empowering Moments

"Influencer" culture is only just getting started.

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

Inverse Daily

The shocking statistics about Black heart transplants

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

Inverse Recommends

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+
Entertainment

Inside Superman’s historic reveal: Why DC is right to redefine its hero

Jon Kent is bisexual, reveals an upcoming comic. Changing everything we knew about the Man of Steel, the development keeps his essence intact.

Hanging on by a Webb

NASA may still rename the controversial Webb Telescope. Here's how.

NASA shows no signs of relenting on its stance to not rename the James Webb Telescope, but a New York State Senator suggests this it's a long game.

We Are Venom

'Venom 2' redefines Eddie and Venom’s relationship in one revolutionary way

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' didn't just break box-office records. The sequel also breaks ground in how it depicts its main couple.

In the Beginning

Phastos: Marvel’s Eternals rating reveals a historic new character detail

Marvel's first openly gay superhero will make his big-screen debut in Eternals.

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.

All stories
Inverse Codex

Everything you need to know about the Uncharted movie

Fortune favors the bold.

Culture

Chaos theory: Why your weather app can’t predict next month’s weather

Chaos is not random, but it’s also not predictable.

Culture

Covid-19 vaccine: Why good diet and exercise aren’t enough to fight the virus

Nutrition alone can’t stop Covid-19.

Culture

One thing you learned in school can help you win more on the field

Being “a numbers person” could help you get ahead.

Inverse Daily

This is what actually happens to caffeine when you reheat coffee

Plus: The actual ingredients in the Covid-19 vaccines and the latest in the Blue Origin vs. SpaceX saga.

Worldview

Ancient men and women in Italy had one key difference in their diets — study

Before it all went to hell, one dietary difference explained a lot about the roles of men and women some 2,000 years ago.

Artistic Endeavors

SpaceX's Inspiration4 crew rekindles a centuries-old artistic debate

Expedition artists were important cultural figures in the golden age of exploration. Do we need to bring them back to document the final frontier?

Culture

Why American environmentalism gets it wrong

Why it’s so marginal to so many.

Culture

Climate crisis: 5 difficult changes the NFL needs to make ASAP

The impacts of climate change have undeniably worsened in recent years, converging in a cluster of disasters each summer and fall — also known as prime football time.

Culture

The 6 most comfortable shoes for standing all day

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Culture

32 Life Hack Products Reddit Is Obsessed With

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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.