Diplomats in Sudan worry the longer the conflict rages, the more room for malign outside actors to fan the flames. / The Guardian

An annual survey finds South Africans fed up with their prospects and their democracy. / The Conversation

A consortium of scientific and public health experts chronicle the failures of the US response to Covid-19. / STAT

Black women discuss President Biden selecting Vice President Harris for his second-term running mate. "There's still this assessment of 'oh, she's lacking something.'" / The Root

Former Louisville police officer Myles Cosgrove is back on the job "like he never shot Breonna Taylor." / MSNBC

A criminologist says some criminals prefer carjacking because it's safer (for them) and easier than to steal a vehicle off the street. / Knowable Magazine

Wealthy Parisians store their supercars beneath the Place Vendôme. Meanwhile, "buttons and knobs are coming back" for the rest of us. / Uncrate, Slate

Electric vehicles require six times the mineral input, by weight, of conventional vehicles. / The Washington Post

Architects face numerous challenges when tasked with converting empty downtown office buildings into housing. / The Hustle

"Does it need to be done? If not, let's do it." Interview with a man who turns people's dead pets into drones. / Dazed

See also: Scientists teach parrots how to FaceTime each other. / Smithsonian Magazine

Remembering the great posters used by the Guerilla Girls to shame the 1980s New York City art world. / Flashbak