All three stories this week seems like well duh,
Star Wars: JJ Abrams said that Midi-chlorians are not in Episode VII. As the film will be connecting with the Original Trilogy (IV,V,VI) and while writing the script they simply ignored the Prequels. I’ve never had a problem with midi-chlorians being introduced in Phantom Menance, as they are a way to determine who is force sensitive. Watch the last couple of episodes of The Clone Wars and you might change your mind about midi-chlorians.
Books: A bookstore in Michigan is offering refunds to people who bought Harper Lee’s new book Go Set a Watchman. The bookstore says that customers deserve a refund and an apology for the way that the book was promoted as a “New Novel” by Harper Lee when in fact it would have been better if it were released as an academic thing for scholars to look at and use but not really for the general public to read and have been treated like a completely new book. This is one of the things that has me a bit worried about the supposed JD Salinger books that are going to be coming out over the next couple of years.
Gardening: A new (to me) study suggests that crops grown today are less nutritious than crops grown 50 years ago. With many crops being breed and adapted to be more tolerant of weather and pests and with the yield as a primary focus the nutrition in crops has declined. You can taste this in the produce at the grocery stores as well