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.

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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.

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.

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 crafting...

Gnat Named After Bill McKibben

Being named after a flying insect doesn't exactly sound like a compliment. Wouldn't you rather see your name on a species of jungle cat or bird of prey? Ask green activist, author, and Outside...

Slow Start for Triathlon As NCAA Sport

In January, the NCAA adopted women's triathlon as an "emerging sport" after at least a dozen universities told the organization in a letter that they would consider adding a women's varsity...

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...

"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 in...

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 competition.

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 kite?...

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...

Beef Prices Skyrocket

The retail value of "all-fresh" USDA choice-grade beef jumped to $5.28 a pound in February, up from $4.91 a year ago. Back in 2008, the same grade of beef cost $3.97, the Los...

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 patients...

Raw Milk Movement Gains Traction

People are sipping raw, unpasteurized milk, purchased on the black market, and food activists and other supporters are fighting to legalize it, despite warnings from the Food and Drug Administration...

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 your toes warm in the bottom of your sleeping bag. He's a part of the family. ...

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