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.

Every Monday, we 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 to get your week started on the right foot. Be sure to check in each week for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Tears ‘R’ Us: The World’s Biggest Toy Store Didn’t Have to Die

An object lesson in financial mismanagement and miscalculation from the fallen Toys “R” Us.

Tears ‘R’ Us: The World’s Biggest Toy Store Didn’t Have to Die

Inside Tesla’s Model 3 Factory

If Elon Musk can make this dance of robots and people work, it will change how cars are made.

Inside Tesla’s Model 3 Factory

The Race to Send Robots to Mine the Ocean Floor

As worldwide demand rises for electric vehicle batteries and wind turbines, along with next-generation technologies and weapon systems, demand for these metals has taken off. And the seabed is a prime target for those mining operations.

The Race to Send Robots to Mine the Ocean Floor

It’s official: Ikea is no longer just a furniture company

Ikea is partnering with Adidas, Lego, and Sonos to sell you everything.

It’s official: Ikea is no longer just a furniture company

Apple has no idea what’s next, so it’s just banging on the same old drum

If you want to witness a company that’s simultaneously in its prime and losing control over its own narrative, look no further than WWDC, Apple’s second-most splashy event of the year, designed to offer a glimpse of the future.

Apple WWDC

Engineers aim for the stars with new rocket engine

A ‘self-eating’ rocket engine which could place small satellites in orbit more easily and more affordably is under development at universities in Scotland and Ukraine.

Rocket Science

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