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.

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Solar Energy, Tequila Plant Combo

A group of Stanford University researchers may have to celebrate with a round of tequila sunrises for their work on, well, tequila sunrises. Kind of.

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Asteroids Caused Nuclear-Scale Explosions

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an asteroid? Believe it or not, there have been 26 nuclear-scale explosions in Earth's atmosphere between 2000 and 2013, the Guardian reports.

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These Shoes Are Garbage!

Everything Is Rubbish, a UK-based recycling art project, makes the argument that your shoes are rubbish—that "everything you buy is rubbish"—and they emphasize this by...

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Gnat Named After Bill McKibben

Being named after a flying insect doesn't exactly sound like a compliment. Wouldn't you rather...

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Bike Powers 3-D Printer

Fabraft, a Taiwanese design factory, is making creative recycling available to the masses. The company's bike-powered 3-D printer breaks down plastic cups to make bike parts, literally putting the...

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"Evolutionarily Distinct" Birds ranked

And the title of "most evolutionarily distinct" bird goes to… the oilbird, a Central and South American species that also happens to be the only nocturnal-flying fruit-eating bird...

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IOC Says Slopestyle Too Dangerous

The International Olympic Committee says slopestyle events produced an "unacceptably high" number of injuries at the Sochi Winter Games and should be removed from future Olympic...

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High-Altitude Wind Turbines Take Flight

Let's go fly a… wind turbine? Like kites, high-altitude wind turbines float in the air while tethered to the ground. What makes these airborne wind energy (AWE) devices different from a...

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Armstrong Names Drug Providers

During testimony for a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong by the Acceptance Insurance Company in November, the cyclist cited people involved with his doping practices to investigators. The names were...

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Bike Share Prescriptions Fight Obesity

Riding your bike might be just what the doctor ordered. That is, if you are struggling with obesity and poverty in Boston. As of this week, Boston Medical Center doctors can write low-income...

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Raw Milk Movement Gains Traction

People are sipping raw, unpasteurized milk, purchased on the black market, and food activists and other...

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China Sets Standards for Family Dogs

Your dog is your best pal. He wags his tail every time you walk into the room. On backpacking trips, he keeps...

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Run Now to Be Smart Later

 When you put on your running sneaks, you’re probably not thinking about how this...

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