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Why NASA is Exploring Breast Cancer + Other Stories

Every week, we corral the best wellness stories from around the internet—just in time for your weekend bookmarking. This week: Facing our nation’s historic drug epidemic, why NASA is exploring breast cancer, and an in-depth update on the state of affairs regarding climate change.

  • Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present

    Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present

    The New York Times Magazine

    Author Jon Mooallem argues in this piece (part of an entire issue devoted to the issue of the warming planet) that denial may be blinding us to the serious threats of climate change. As he writes, “The future we’ve been warned about is beginning to saturate the present.”

  • This Tech Was Meant to Explore Space. Can It Also Solve the Mysteries of Breast Cancer?

    This Tech Was Meant to Explore Space. Can It Also Solve the Mysteries of Breast Cancer?

    STAT News

    Can NASA help us fight breast cancer? A fascinating feature by Usha Lee McFarling documents how technology originally developed for space research is helping us understand the development and spread of the most common form of cancer in women.

  • Plants Use Acoustic Vibes to Find a Drink

    Plants Use Acoustic Vibes to Find a Drink

    Quartz

    Yes, you read that correctly…it blew our minds too. As it turns out, plants actually use sound to seek out water (which helps explain why houseplants have the ability to work their way through sealed pipes and closed doors).

  • Just How Bad Is the Drug Overdose Epidemic?

    Just How Bad Is the Drug Overdose Epidemic?

    The New York Times

    The past two decades have paid witness to the worst drug overdose epidemic in the country’s history. The New York Times‘ interactive graphs are a pretty serious reality check on your knowledge of the situation (for example, overdose deaths have outpaced car accidents, gun deaths, and HIV deaths for the past ten years). That said, the situation isn’t hopeless just yet.

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