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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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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Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?

What do you call a horse wearing Venetian blinds? A zebra. Because of the stripes. Get it? But those stripes aren't just for decoration. New research from the University of California, Davis finds...

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Atlanta: The World's Busiest Airport

Nearly 5.4 billion passengers traveled through the world's airports last year, growing by 4 percent from 2012, according to the Airports Council International. It seems a lot of them are going...

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Google Naps Finds Best Sleep Spots

Google Naps, a parody of the popular Google Maps program, is a crowdsourcing project that shows you the best snoozing spots near you, the Atlantic Cities reports. The app finds your...

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