Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Each Monday, we’ll link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you. Be sure to check in each Monday morning for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Big Data Comes to Dieting

At this point in the resolution-heavy month, many of us may be trying to shed pounds, either the ones we added during the holidays or the ones we’ve accumulated stealthily with time. But by the end of the year, most of us won’t have succeeded — and there’s not much established science to tell us why.

This Coating Can Make Streets Cooler

A California engineering professor has jumped from reflective roofing to layered-on sealants.

Casinos Bet on Smoothie Slots, Desperate to Lure Millennials

Matching fruits to make a drink, finding hidden words—the idea is to reward players for their brains and dexterity and not simply for dumb luck.

One Woman’s Brilliant “Fuck You” to Wikipedia Trolls

The “fuck you” project crystallized one Friday night last year.

These Scientists Sent a Rocket to Mars for Less Than It Cost to Make “The Martian”

On November 5, 2013, a rocket launched toward Mars. It was India’s first interplanetary mission, Mangalyaan, and a terrific gamble.

Why WeWork Thinks It’s Worth $20 Billion

In the future, you’re going to love going to the office.

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