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:

Riches From Rags

Before there was recycling, there was the rag trade.

Ginkgo Bioworks CEO Wants Biology to Manufacture Physical Goods

Jason Kelly says that we’ll be able to program cells the same way we brew beer. The applications are endless and his company—with hundreds of millions in investment and a valuation of $4.2 billion—is far ahead of anyone else.

Close to Home

Forget dull hotel rooms and fusty apartments: a group of architects-turned-entrepreneurs are cornering the market in well-designed rentals in South Korea – and beyond.

13 Smart STEM Toys for the Techie Kids in Your Life

We found more than a dozen math-filled and science-rich toys for tiny nerds to disassemble, set on fire, and then rebuild.

Software Is Reorganizing the World

The tech industry has created cloud communities that are taking physical shape.

Motion Smoothing Is Ruining Cinema

Filmmakers hate it. Viewers do, too. So why is it the default setting on almost every new TV in America?