K. Annabelle Smith

Author's Bio

K. Annabelle Smith is a freelance writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she covers all things interesting and strange for Smithsonian.com’s “Food and Think” blog. She spends her free time hiking, rock climbing, and searching for buried treasure.

A Fix for Summit-Time Sadness

Summer in the Rockys, particularly at Keystone Resort, might just be better than ski season. For folks who don’t take snow for an answer, Keystone's customizable, wellness-inspired summer offerings...

Andy Potts Escapes from Alcatraz

San Francisco Bay's water is 58 degrees and breezy, but that didn't stop 2,000-plus athletes from diving in this past Sunday for the 34th Annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. And it certainly... Read More

Stuck Teen Plucked from Peak

Samuel Frappier, a 19-year-old Canadian climber, got himself into a bit of trouble late Tuesday while trekking up the side of 14,259-foot Longs Peak, located in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National... Read More

13-Year-Old Girl Climbs Everest

Early Sunday morning, 13-year-old Malavath Poorna, the daughter of farm laborers in a small tribal village in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, summited Mount Everest. "I was initially... Read More

Where Do Baby Turtles Go?

Baby sea turtles have it rough. We've all witnessed the little green creatures trekking across the sands of despair toward the "safety" of the big blue, and it doesn't look easy. But where do the... Read More

"Pinocchio Rex" Dino Discovered

Sixty-six million years ago, T. rex had a goofy-looking cousin. Its nose, in particular, was so funny looking that scientists at Scotland's Edinburgh University nicknamed the skeleton "Pinocchio"... Read More

Unfit Adults Are More Forgetful

Want to remember more when you get older? Hit the gym. According to a new study out of Michigan State University, the less fit you are over time, the less you remember, the Telegraph reports. The... Read More

Young Blood Reverses Aging in Mice

New research shows that injecting elderly mice with blood from younger mice rejuvenates their brains and muscles and reverses some signs of aging. The older mice, once sluggish, were found to... Read More

Protein Found in Coral Might Stop HIV

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.6 million people died out of the 35.3 million living with HIV in 2012. But scientists at the National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer... Read More

Rio Olympics Probably Doomed

If we thought Sochi was a fail for the Olympic Games, we've got another thing coming in 2016. John Coates, vice president of the International Olympic Committee, called Rio's preparations for the... Read More

California's Water Waste Crackdown

Put down your watering hose—especially if you live in Sacramento. At least 45 water agencies throughout California are imposing and enforcing water restrictions due to dangerously low... Read More

Live Longer with Raw Fish, Green Tea

The key to living a longer life is simpler than we thought. According to new data released by the UK's Office for National Statistics, we should be taking notes from Japanese women. The study,... Read More