K. Annabelle Smith

K. Annabelle Smith

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...

K. Annabelle Smith
Aug 19, 2014

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...

K. Annabelle Smith
Jun 3, 2014

Stuck Teen Plucked from Peak

A 19-year-old Canadian climber got stuck 13,000 feet up the side of Longs Peak. He was rescued Wednesday evening. 

K. Annabelle Smith
May 29, 2014

13-Year-Old Girl Climbs Everest

Early Sunday morning, 13-year-old Malavath Poorna, the daughter of a tribal farm laborer, summited Mount Everest. She and her 16-year-old friend S. Anand Kumar climbed the Tibetan side of the...

K. Annabelle Smith
May 28, 2014

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....

K. Annabelle Smith
May 27, 2014

Elephant Seals Are Full of Carbon Monoxide

Believe it or not, most animals' blood contains a small amount of carbon monoxide—the odorless, colorless, deadly-in-high-concentrations gas—which is released as a by-product of the...

K. Annabelle Smith
May 16, 2014

Chipotle Cups to Feature Famous Literature

What do Sarah Silverman, Malcolm Gladwell, and Jonathan Safran Foer have in common? Their words all appear on Chipotle's new line of packaging, which, starting today, has taken a literary turn.

K. Annabelle Smith
May 15, 2014

Yellowstone Geysers Predict Volcanic Eruptions

A new study published by Dr. Shaul Hurwitz and his team of researchers in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth has found that the intervals between geyser eruptions depend on a delicate...

K. Annabelle Smith
May 8, 2014

"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...

K. Annabelle Smith
May 7, 2014

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 ...

K. Annabelle Smith
May 6, 2014

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...

K. Annabelle Smith
May 5, 2014

Protein Found in Coral Might Stop HIV

Scientists at the National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research may have found a solution to preventing AIDS. A group of proteins found in the coral reef may be capable of blocking HIV,...

K. Annabelle Smith
Apr 30, 2014

Rio Olympics Probably Doomed

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

K. Annabelle Smith
Apr 29, 2014

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...

K. Annabelle Smith
Apr 28, 2014

Live Longer with Raw Fish, Green Tea

A study comparing figures on population, employment, and the economy showed that Japanese women, whose diets incorporate low-calorie foods like raw fish and green tea with portion control in mind,...

K. Annabelle Smith
Apr 25, 2014