A new database finds more than 1,500 lobbyists working on behalf of fossil-fuel companies while also representing environmental groups. / The Guardian

The Earth experienced the hottest day ever recorded on July 3. / Quartz

July has already seen 11 mass shootings in the United States. / NPR

Israel ends its attack on Jenin in the West Bank, but residents fear more is coming. / BBC News

Unrelated/related: Photos of GM's new Hummer EV-based military vehicle. / GM Defense

Ray Bradbury once wrote a poem for Apple's in-house magazine titled "Ode to the Quick Computer!" / Robin Sloan

It's possible and often permissible to collect sperm from a deceased loved one, but it's also controversial. / Slate

A long report on the culture wars said to be raging within a growing community of "reborn" doll collectors. / Cosmopolitan

See also: Lots of people using exclamation marks in France and California from Rosecrans Baldwin's recent travel diary. / Meditations in an Emergency

A ballpark beer vendor has theories as to why people are drinking less at baseball games. / Slate

Video: A surprisingly entertaining Oxford lecture on mathematics and paper. / YouTube

Sarah Manavis says to beware of "beige-fluencers," people who are cheerleaders for a life of no surprises. / The Guardian

"To be on the wire is life; the rest is waiting." An interview with fourth-generation wire-walker Lijana Wallenda. / Delayed Gratification