Food findings: A team from LSU and the University of York this week published a report about the discovery of a previously unexplained step in the process of how green algae convert sunlight to energy—which can help unlock ways to boost yield in food crops. The research is part of a larger project focused on increasing food supplies supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, federal grants and the U.K. government. Read the full announcement.
New Orleans tourism: The New Orleans City Council is set to grant final approval to major restrictions on short-term vacation rentals such as those arranged online by Airbnb. The measures, up for a vote today, will ban short-term rentals of whole homes in residential areas. The regulations will still allow homeowners to rent out part of their houses but not their entire property. Read the full story.
Reverse: Barnes & Noble’s new chief executive wants to run America’s largest bookstore chain more like a collection of 627 independent stores, The Wall Street Journal reports. James Daunt, who also leads Britain’s largest bookstore chain, Waterstones, on Wednesday became Barnes & Noble’s fifth permanent chief executive in six years after hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. closed its deal to buy the company. The New York-based chain long worked to give its locations a similar look, feel and inventory, but readers shunned the stores in recent years, so Daunt plans to upend those efforts. Read the full story.