Nick Lucchesi, Inverse

Nick Lucchesi


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Past articles by Nick:

Only SpaceX can meet one critical NASA demand, agency announces

In addition to Musk’s announcement that SpaceX is continuing to prepare for Starship’s orbital launch, the New York Times reports that NASA “plans to award SpaceX three additional commercial crew flights to the ISS under the company's CCtCap contract,” primarily due to interim issues with the Boeing Starliner. → Read More

The torment of misophonia: Why a rare condition can make people so angry

Misophonia is a condition in which people experience intense anger and disgust when they hear other people make specific noises. If you’ve never experienced it, it is hard to understand, but misophonia ruins friendships and causes deep family rifts. → Read More

The 20 most “WTF” science stories of 2021

Inverse reviews some of the strangest scientific discoveries we reported on in 2021 for the December countdown. For each story, we looked at its impact, unique qualities, the potential for good, and the intangible quality that makes any reader wonder, after reading it, “WTF?” → Read More

The “blinking cursor” has a forgotten history

The speech bubble icon with three dots claims much of the spotlight these days when it comes to anxiety-inducing visual communication. The inverse of that speech bubble telling us to wait for incoming text might be the blinking cursor, the symbol which beckons us to start typing. → Read More

As Omicron emerges in the US, here’s what we can learn from last time

What do we know about the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19? The first case in the United States was identified on Tuesday. Scientists have theories about what the variant could do. Still, we have to wait — it will be two to three weeks before we know much more about how transmissive it is or how it may elude antibodies already in your system from a vaccine or… → Read More

Exercise has one overlooked evolutionary benefit for humans

Evolutionary biologists and biomedical researchers suggest humans can capitalize on this evolutionary benefit by staying active throughout their lives and taking regular exercise. → Read More

A space chimpanzee’s dark legacy

“The names of these experimental animals are very superficial and usually only given to the animals right before the moment of launch. It’s important to know that before Ham was called Ham, he was called number 65. And before Enos was called Enos, he was called number 81.” → Read More

Americans are repeating one mistake from 1918

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, historians and casual observers alike have turned to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic for potential lessons. But prior to Covid-19, the Spanish flu pandemic was so infrequently discussed that one of the relatively few books on the subject is literally called America’s Forgotten Pandemic. → Read More

Reliable deep-space travel may come from iodine, study shows

Instead of xenon, a new rocket engine uses iodine, which is more efficient than xenon, cheaper, and takes up far less space. It’s an engine type that could sustainably power a lot more spacecraft more efficiently. → Read More

What is the best time to go to sleep? A new study pinpoints the answer

To improve your heart health, you may need to cultivate a rather counterintuitive habit: Start watching The Daily Show online the day after it airs on television. The reason why is to do with when you should hit the hay for the night. → Read More

When it comes to toast, should you go for the gold?

Maybe you’ve heard eating burnt food can make you sick. Or maybe, after a quick Google, you’ve read blogs that claim that eating burnt food — from slightly blackened barbeque to scorched toast — will fill your body with cancer-causing carcinogens. → Read More

A 27-year project suggests diversity in this one food category is key

A group of scientists last week presented their analysis of data from 117,136 participants in two massive studies of healthcare professionals that tracked their health outcomes over 27 years. → Read More

Bambi has Covid-19

The real-life version of Bambi in places like the state of Iowa probably has the virus that causes Covid-19. It’s a sad thought, but up to 80 percent of the deer population in that Midwestern state tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in a new study. → Read More

See stunning new images of Earth, caught by NASA’s own satellite of love

This coming July marks 50 years since the Landsat program launched in earnest. Dedicated to capturing photos of the Earth from space, the satellite program has become increasingly important in the age of the internet. The data in these images can help researchers, farmers, and city planners keep an eye on Earth at a time of unprecedented change to the world's temperatures. → Read More

The next biggest shift for Covid-19 is set to happen

Experts say Covid-19 will evolve from a pandemic to an endemic disease — in other words, it will become a common disease, like the cold or flu, spreading and mutating at a slower rate, but ultimately without an end. → Read More

Why one unexpected part of the body has taste receptors

It starts off with a quick clip of a highly excited man named Nik Longo who looks into the camera and declares: “Testicles have taste buds!” → Read More

Maybe you're the asshole

US-based photographer Marc Beaulac created reddit's Am I the Asshole in 2013 to settle a dispute about the air conditioning temperature in his office. He says AITA offers “a catharsis for the frustrated moral philosopher in all of us and a place to finally find out if you were wrong in an argument that’s been bothering you.” → Read More

Mind games: How disasters caused by climate change are causing PTSD

The effects climate change has on the world is one thing. The effects climate change has on a person’s brain is something else entirely. → Read More

One unsettling human behavior is credited with boosting mental health. Does it?

First developed by psychologist Arthur Janov, primal therapy is based on the idea that neurosis is the result of repressed childhood trauma. The best way to address that trauma, Janov argued, is through a patient recalling and reenacting the traumatic experience and expressing that repressed anger or frustration — and this is key — “through spontaneous and unrestrained screams, hysteria, or… → Read More

What's it cost to "preserve the light of consciousness"?

Musk, right now the world’s richest person with a net worth of $292 billion, would be hit by the new tax.“Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you,” Musk posted on Twitter → Read More