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HORIZONS

Trash can-sized robots could revolutionize how you travel — but there's a catch

It carries your things, streams your tunes, and keeps a watchful eye on your every move.

Foundational

Look: Drones could be the future of 3D-printed architecture

Imagine construction sites buzzing with robotic crews.

Innovation

Why everyday household chores may be practically impossible for today’s robots

Except for the Roomba.

Science

A new rover with crescent-shaped “wheels” could conquer difficult lunar terrain

Even with such a small size, the rover can still pack a decent amount of sensors on its platform.

Spoilers

Westworld Season 4 ending explained: Why we probably don't need Season 5

After all the twists and turns, 'Westworld’ went back to its roots. So, will Season 5 happen?

Innovation

A small robot on the ISS will practice performing surgery in space

A surgical tool currently in clinical trials will slice synthetic guts in space.

Freeze All Motor Functions

Westworld Season 4 is finally fixing the show’s original sin

The little-robot-show-that-could is finally great science fiction. What changed?

HORIZONS

This mind-bending material could turn us into chameleons

Inspired by 19th-century photography techniques, this film could majorly upgrade our modern-day tech game.

Inverse Game Previews

The most promising Gundam game in years should be on your radar

More multiversal shenanigans.

Innovation

A new robotic twist on the “Turing test” fools human subjects

This time it's more about body language.

Freeze All Motor Functions

Westworld Season 4 just pulled a dirty trick from the Terminator playbook

Wait — when did the machines take over?

SDCC

Star Wars Comic Con display reveals new Andor planet, droid, and more

Here’s what we learned about B2EMO at SDCC.

Interview

Westworld Season 4's biggest bromance transcends time and space

Jeffrey Wright and Luke Hemsworth have a bromance on- and off-screen.

A Tragedy

Star Wars theory may reveal a shocking RD-D2 and Palpatine connection

It’s not a story the Jedi would tell you.

Mind's Eye

This experimental robot replicates a distinctly human sense — embodiment

Engineers teach a robot to learn about its body using artificial intelligence

Dahlia Boat

AI Nirvana Initiative ending explained: Who is Dahlia Boat?

It’s not really a name.

technology
Foundational

Look: Drones could be the future of 3D-printed architecture

Imagine construction sites buzzing with robotic crews.

Innovation

Why everyday household chores may be practically impossible for today’s robots

Except for the Roomba.

Innovation

Scientists want to give you a bionic skin to save your life

A team of engineers has developed a super flexible, chip-free sensor that could revolutionize the medical industry — and even amp up our gaming experience.

Science

NASA needs a few more months to find UFO study committee members

The truth is out there, and NASA will do science to it – once it finally puts together a committee.

Innovation

“Quantum materials” could give the human brain a run for its money, scientists say

With this new design, our machines may reach general intelligence — and perhaps even consciousness.

Innovation

A new robotic twist on the “Turing test” fools human subjects

This time it's more about body language.

HORIZONS

One gene could boost plants’ resilience to extreme weather — and store more carbon

Plus: Are quantum computers finally on the horizon?

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This beautiful math equation could herald a quantum computing breakthrough

The Fibonacci sequence may unleash the potential of nascent quantum computers.

Innovation

60 years ago, a military pilot made it to space — and set off a debate that rages today

Where does space begin?

HORIZONS

The home of the future could never let your smartphone battery die

Plus: The Large Hadron Collider is back!

The Inverse Interview

How Marcel the Shell invented "never been done before” stop-motion

With a documentary and stop-motion hybrid, a comedy about a small seashell may have as much technical sophistication as blockbusters with fighter jets and dinosaurs.

HORIZONS

Beam-steering radio technology could help autonomous cars finally hit the road

This innovation could fundamentally change how we move around a city.

Science

Scientists just laid the cornerstone of our quantum internet future

And the mortar holding it together is teleportation.

Last Call

You need to watch the best war thriller on Netflix before it leaves this week

A tense and thoughtful thriller, this movie explores an ugly subject that’s easier to ignore.

Sophisticated Gamer

DXRacer Craft Series made me a gaming chair believer

This thing’s awesome.

Innovation

Scientists just taught a robot to complete this deceptively simple task

A team of researchers successfully programmed a robot to dress a mannequin.

Future cities
Foundational

Look: Drones could be the future of 3D-printed architecture

Imagine construction sites buzzing with robotic crews.

Reel Science

The best thriller of the century reveals a real climate change disaster

The devastating floods in Parasite are no mere fantasy — they're a reality for many Koreans.

Innovation

Goodbye, IKEA — a futuristic technology could create self-assembling furniture

Exciting news for people who can’t follow instructions.

Innovation

Scientists went dumpster diving to find out where all our trash really comes from

Litter breaks down beyond recognition.

That's Not Good

Billions of people may face “unprecedented” and deadly heat within 78 years

At our current rates of global warming, dangerous heat will become a near-daily routine for billions of people.

Innovation

Can we terraform Mars? Scientists may have made a major breakthrough

With the help of tiny organisms and compost, sustainable Martian meals could become a reality.

Innovation

Electric vehicles could transform U.S. cities — but not for the reason you think

How loud are electric cars?

Innovation

Will Miami exist in 2050? 4 strategies could keep U.S. coastal cities afloat

Looking into the past could hold the key to future resilience.

Mind and Body

Repairing America’s underground infrastructure reveals an unsettled scientific debate

The industry insists that cured-in-place plastic pipe liners are safe. Some scientists say the installation process is not.

Sunday Scaires

Living near one neglected piece of urban eye candy can greatly boost mental health

Blue space regeneration efforts could reduce mental health inequalities.

Innovation

Railways around the world are literally melting — here’s why they can’t take the heat

A train’s rails are made from steel, which expands when the air temperature increases.

Culture

How parks can become epicenters of quiet gentrification

Urban space is where city children learn and play, students read, and people work, walk and relax.

Science

One of Interstellar’s wildest concepts could help humans live on Moon

Rotation station.

HORIZONS

Carbon capture technology could turn trains into giant greenhouse-gas vacuums

All aboard the CO2-choo train!

Inverse Interview

Exclusive: Wesley Snipes dives into a cyberpunk apocalypse in The Exiled

The man who brought Blade to life talks about his neo-noir graphic novel.

HORIZONS

Buildings can take inspiration from nature to become efficient — and beautiful

Plus: NASA turns its attention to dust.

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Starry Night

SpaceX Starship orbital flight: Elon Musk's giant rocket just passed another critical test

SpaceX plans to send the Starship to orbit — at some point.

Innovation

Why everyday household chores may be practically impossible for today’s robots

Except for the Roomba.

Innovation

Tesla's Semi took too long — so these truckers built their own version

Musk keeps delaying Semi production, but you could soon take any old 18-wheeler and turn it hybrid.

Innovation

Tesla Full Self-Driving 10.69: Specs, price, and early reviews of the latest update

Beta-testers seem pleased with the changes, which will now cost $15,000 for new vehicles.

Innovation

Prolific Tesla beta-tester reveals what Full Self-Driving 10.13 needs to fix

The namesake of “Chuck’s turn” hopes it can address some major pain points.

The Inverse Interview

For All Mankind Season 3’s space mogul is better than Elon Musk — here's why

It’s easy to make real-world comparisons to For All Mankind’s tech mogul space pioneer character, but Edi Gathegi says you’ve got to trust the science fiction.

HORIZONS

Where is SpaceX’s Starship?

The seeming hold-up in Starship tests is not all red tape’s fault.

Innovation

Look: SpaceX teases orbital test flight with dramatic Starship images

Long time coming.

Get your ass to Mars

'For All Mankind' Season 3 changes the show in 3 huge ways — here's why

SpaceTime

10 years ago, one SpaceX launch showed NASA they could work with Elon Musk

“This mission heralds the dawn of a new era of space exploration.”

HORIZONS

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft takes another shot at the International Space Station

Plus: When it comes to vaccines, fat matters.

Game Guides

Elon Musk's Elden Ring build is basic, but surprisingly effective

A surprisingly effective blend of Intelligence and Dexterity.

HORIZONS

9 years later, Elon Musk’s biggest pipe dream may finally come true

Nine years since he first had the idea, Musk may finally try to build a Hyperloop.

Inverse Daily

Elon Musk’s Twitter deal could set SpaceX’s Mars ambitions back — here’s why

Plus: Another study pokes holes in the BMI as a health predictor.

Follow the Money

Elon Musk buying Twitter creates a new type of problem for SpaceX and Tesla

Can the richest man on Earth run three billion-dollar companies at once?

HORIZONS

Physicists are on the brink of unlocking an elusive particle’s secrets

Plus: Elon Musk and his firms make history again.

All stories
HORIZONS

This sound-powered underwater camera could reveal deep-ocean secrets

Plus: Gaming tech for surgery pain.

Innovation

ePlane? Electric planes may come sooner than you think

New batteries are being developed, but they aren’t yet ready for aircraft.

Innovation

Audio deepfakes are a major threat — here’s how researchers expose them

A new technique can curb the growing scam.

HORIZONS

Trash can-sized robots could revolutionize how you travel — but there's a catch

It carries your things, streams your tunes, and keeps a watchful eye on your every move.

Innovation

Gaming tech could ease pain during surgery — here’s how

You’re lying in a relaxing meadow … and you’re barely feeling the scalpel cut into your skin.

Foundational

Look: Drones could be the future of 3D-printed architecture

Imagine construction sites buzzing with robotic crews.

Starry Night

SpaceX Starship orbital flight: Elon Musk's giant rocket just passed another critical test

SpaceX plans to send the Starship to orbit — at some point.

Innovation

A rodent "backpack" could speed up cancer drug discovery

A mouse wearing a tiny sensor could help save your life.

HORIZONS

This face mask hunts for viruses in the air you breathe

Plus: AI that can detect cancer.

Innovation

AI can now detect pancreatic cancer better than radiologists

The technology could help combat one of the hardest-to-detect (and deadliest) diseases.

Innovation

Blue Origin rocket suffers severe malfunction in flight

At least it’s a good test of safety systems.

Innovation

This space diamond could transform manufacturing on Earth

There’s diamonds in them thar meteorites.

Innovation

These cyborg cockroaches could save your life — and be a privacy nightmare

They even come with solar-powered backpacks.

Innovation

This revolutionary new technology pulls clean fuel from the air

If all goes well, it could create sustainable energy anywhere on Earth.

Science

Artemis I has a new launch date — if it can overcome a series of challenges

NASA needs to clear these hurdles to try the first modern Moonshot since Apollo.

HORIZONS

Scientists can't agree on how to test our future foods

Some researchers say companies aren’t testing new GMOs thoroughly enough. Others beg to differ.