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NASA Practices Space Gardening to Pack Lunchboxes for Mars

NY Times - 11 hours 30 min ago
Astronauts would probably have to grow some of their own food to survive a round trip to Mars. Could a crop of chiles be the gateway to the future?

Game of Thrones goes on a Victory Lap—and an Apology Tour

Ars - 11 hours 53 min ago

Enlarge / You know nothing, Jon Snow—like, maybe wear a hat when conditions are freezing in the North. Even if it musses up your luscious locks. (credit: HBO)

Hey. So, um, remember the end of Game of Thrones? If you were a fan of the show, you probably do. And there's a good chance it still stings. Daenerys Targaryen turned into a totalitarian dictator (if that can, indeed, be a thing). Then she died. Then Bran Stark—of all people!—was picked to rule Westeros. His sister Sansa became Queen in the North. And those are just the major plot points, the top of the crap-heap. It was, well, not beloved.

And the people who made that final season know it. To be clear, they don't entirely agree with the criticisms of the HBO show, they just know there was some blowback. A murderer's row of fan favorites from Game of Thrones—Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Jacob Anderson (Greyworm), Liam Cunningham (Davos), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister)—showed up at Comic-Con International to both take a victory lap and go on a quick apology tour. (Showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, who were originally slated to appear, canceled two days ago.)

"I don't regret starting the petition," Hill joked when asked if he had any regrets over comments he made about his own disappointments, referencing the online petition to remake the show's eighth season. But, he added, "for the record I loved all my 10 years on Game of Thrones." Coster-Waldau went further, saying, "You look at the amount of people who are here, and we're here to thank you for watching us for all those years ... I think this is the reality [of how much people enjoyed the show], rather than media-led hate." People cheered.

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Ex-employees reveal dangerous care in jails

CNN - 12 hours 1 min ago
Nurses Kelly Brumley and Crystal Tucker, and dental assistant Jeanien Maese talk about their experiences working for Correct Care Solutions, now Wellpath. CNN spoke to more than 50 current and former Wellpath employees, the vast majority of whom said the company has provided substandard medical care in jails and prisons. Read the full investigation here.

UK finance minister to resign if Johnson becomes PM

CNN - 12 hours 11 min ago
The UK's finance minister Philip Hammond has vowed to resign if Conservative Party leadership hopeful Boris Johnson becomes the next prime minister, as expected.

Chinese Money in the U.S. Dries Up as Trade War Drags On

NY Times - 12 hours 17 min ago
Tougher regulations and uncertainty about tariffs have made America less friendly for foreign investment.

Treating immigrants like criminals has a long history in the United States

Washington Post - 12 hours 38 min ago
“Crimmigration” started well before the Trump administration.

How the Founder of Clark’s Botanicals Spends His Sundays

NY Times - 12 hours 40 min ago
Francesco Clark, who was paralyzed 17 years ago, has defied the odds in his recovery while running a skin care company.

'Avengers: Endgame' passes 'Avatar' to become the highest-grossing film ever

CNN - 12 hours 43 min ago
"Avengers: Endgame," the Disney and Marvel blockbuster, will move past "Avatar" on the list of all-time highest grossing films on Sunday in its 13th weekend of release, Disney reported Saturday night.

The Week in Books

NY Times - 13 hours 35 min ago
Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys,” Jo Nesbo’s latest thriller and more.

For Inmates Released Under New Criminal Justice Reforms, ‘Every Day Counts’

NY Times - 13 hours 35 min ago
Thousands of people were released from federal custody as part of the First Step Act. A few told us their stories.

Iran, Heat Wave, Robert Mueller: Your Weekend Briefing

NY Times - 13 hours 38 min ago
Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

Biden says he agrees with a $15 minimum wage for campaign workers

Washington Post - 13 hours 38 min ago
The Democratic presidential candidate did not address the pay questions raised by rival Bernie Sanders’s team.

$5M worth of gold seized by police

CNN - 13 hours 41 min ago
About £4 million ($5 million) worth of gold was seized at London's Heathrow Airport by Border Force officers as part of an international investigation into a suspected South American drugs cartel.

City holds first pride parade despite far-right violence

CNN - 13 hours 49 min ago
A Polish city celebrated its first-ever LGBTQ equality march on Saturday, but it struck a starkly different tone to the joyous and hedonistic affairs associated with pride parades.

Intensive Anti-H.I.V. Efforts Meet With Mixed Success in Africa

NY Times - 14 hours 4 min ago
Scientists tested a costly approach to curbing the AIDS epidemic: Test everyone in the community, and treat anyone who is infected.
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