The Things People Do To Foil Energy-Saving Buildings

New research on how occupants inhabit energy-efficient buildings reveals behaviors designers don’t anticipate—and a slew of bloopers Don’t touch that thermostat. (dr-interior/iStock) By Emily Matchar smithsonian.com November 29, 2017 You’ve built your shiny new high-efficiency building with all the latest energy-saving features: smart thermostats, motion sensor-activated lights, floors designed to absorb heat during the day […]

Why Jony Ive Is Apple’s Design Genius

His work has become the seeds of a tech revolution that is rapidly changing our lives Jony Ive (Brian Bowen Smith) By Rick Tetzeli, Photograph by Brian Bowen Smith Smithsonian Magazine | Subscribe December 2017 When Jony Ive was a boy, his father, a college professor of design and technology and a silversmith, presented him […]

Marley Dias’ Inspirational Goal to Collect Books About Girls of Color

What can we learn from a 12-year-old who’s turning the literary world upside down? Everything Marley Dias (Erin Patrice O’Brien; Wardrobe Stylist: Jocelyn Kaye; Hair/Makeup: Melanie Harris: Prop Stylist: Helen Quinn) By Jacqueline Woodson, Photographs by Erin Patrice O’Brien Smithsonian Magazine | Subscribe December 2017 ONE CHILD like so many children, searched the shelves for herself […]

Is Xiaomi Redmi 5A Truly ‘Desh Ka Smartphone’?

We talk about Xiaomi’s most affordable smartphone in India — the Redmi 5A — on this week’s episode as reviews editor Jamshed Avari and games editor Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab. We begin by talking about the look and feel of the Redmi 5A, since the team got to use the phone for a […]

Can an Algorithm Diagnose Pneumonia?

Stanford researchers claim they can detect the lung infection more accurately than an experienced radiologist. Some radiologists aren’t so sure. Stanford radiologist Matthew Lungren, left, meets with graduate students Jeremy Irvin and Pranav Rajpurkar to discuss the results of detections made by the algorithm. (L.A. Cicero) By Emily Matchar smithsonian.com November 28, 2017 Pneumonia puts […]