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Good morning! If you’re the kind who suffers from Monday morning blues, wouldn’t it be amazing if your coffee gave you more than just a kick of caffeine — but actually helped you feel upbeat? Today, sip on a coffee that changes with your mood, meet South America’s first Muslim president, check out some surprising carbon criminals and pick from our recommendations of unlikely pets that’ll crawl all over you.
Charu Sudan Kasturi, Senior Editor, and Isabelle Lee, Reporter
British billionaire Richard Branson blasted off in a Virgin Galactic spacecraft to the edge of space on Sunday before returning safely — a pathbreaking trip that could usher in the age of commercial space tourism. “The whole thing, it was just magical,” Branson said. Read more about what’s next for space in OZY’s latest Sunday Magazine. (Sources: CNN, WaPo, Bloomberg)
2. Haiti Breakthrough
Haitian police have arrested a Florida-based doctor who they’ve accused of masterminding the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last Wednesday. They’ve alleged that Christian Emmanuel Sanon had hired the killers who shot Moïse dead at his residence, claiming he wanted to be president himself. But key questions remain unanswered, including how the attackers managed to enter Moïse’s residence. (Sources: NYT, BBC)
3. Cuba Calls for Change
Thousands of Cubans hit the streets Sunday in the socialist nation’s largest protests in decades, agitating against food shortages, rising prices and the COVID-19 crisis while calling for “freedom.” Is Cuba going to be the next Venezuela? Vote here or on Twitter. (Sources: AP, Reuters)
4. Soccer Relief … and Tears
Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi won his first major national trophy as his country beat Brazil to triumph in the Copa America championships. But it was heartbreak for England fans on Sunday as the country lost to Italy in a penalty shootout in the final of the Euro 2020 competition. It was England’s first major final since the 1966 World Cup win. (Sources: NPR, Guardian)
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After Chad’s longtime President Idriss Déby was killed in April on the front line of a battle against a militant rebel group, his37-year-old son Mahamat took charge of an 18-month transitional military government. Chad’s fierce military is a key Western ally in combating terrorist groups in the Sahel. Mahamat, a battle-hardened soldier himself, will look to continue that tradition. But his authoritarian father was also notorious for human rights abuses during a 31-year rule that the West silently backed. Chad’s opposition forces worry that Mahamat will build on that legacy too.
After meatless meat, get ready for coffee without actual beans. Seattle food-tech startup Atomo Coffee has developed a technique to chemically treat sunflower seed husks and watermelon seeds to create molecules that taste like real coffee, contain caffeine and can be brewed the same way. At a time climate change is disrupting coffee production globally, could the answer lie in a lab?
2. Blockchain Beans
Almost all of Ethiopia’s famed coffee is produced on small farms, susceptible to middlemen who rob farmers of what they could earn while denying global consumers transparency on the source of the beans they’re purchasing. Now the Ethiopian government is working with Hong Kong–based blockchain firm IOHK to use the technology to track every step of the coffee supply chain in a bid to end industry corruption. Read more on OZY.
You know him from The Book of Mormon on Broadway, as the voice of Olaf in Frozen and for his new Apple TV show Central Park. Screen and stage actor Josh Gad joins Carlos to discuss the power of his fame, lessons he learned from Dame Judy Dench and why he wants to have Chinese food with Jesus. Watch later today.
Unlikely Emissions Criminals
It’s not just automobiles, airlines and cryptocurrencies that are behind climate change.
Dark and bitter. No, we’re not speaking of your favorite flavors. That’s the uncomfortable truth behind the comforting taste most of us crave. Each bar takes 264 gallons of water to produce and the chocolate industry in Britain alone has an annual carbon footprint as big as that of El Paso, Texas. Luckily, the world’s first zero-waste chocolate is now here. Read more on OZY.
2. The Little Guys
Half of America’s top emitters of methane gas are minor gas and oil companies that pump far less than giants like Exxon or Shell and go relatively unnoticed — with little incentive to change their ways. Methane is a major contributor to climate change as a particularly nasty greenhouse gas.
This moth is all kinds of Dr. Seuss meets marshmallow Peeps cuteness. Native to North America, it prefers to play around at night, which is a bummer because it’s far cuter by the light of day, when its pink and light yellow colors are on full display.
Is there anything cuter than a pair of comically large eyes? The answer is three extra eyes! Damselflies are the dragonfly’s lesser-known cousin. To top things off, they hold hands with each other.
3. Peacock Spiders
This Australian spider is the size of a grain of rice. But the males pack a ton of color punch into such a tiny body. They have an elaborate mating dance, which features a little panel on their butts that they lift, like a peacock showing its feathers. But don’t get too attached: The females eat potential suitors if they aren’t impressed by their dancing antics.