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John Barrat is the editor of Smithsonian Science (http://smithsonianscience.org/), a web site featuring highlights of the Smithsonian Institution’s scientific research in the fields of anthropology, astrophysics, conservation biology, geology and more.

Mar
22

Up close and extremely personal: The video portraiture of Bo Gehring

A vein on the left side of Esperanza’s neck pulses; the fabric of her dress accordions faintly out and in with each breath; her finger twitches and grains of mascara ride eyelids that halfway conceal two smiling eyes. Welcome to the intimacy of slow and the close-up video portraiture of Bo Gehring on view in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze.” Continue reading Up close and extremely personal: The video portraiture of Bo Gehring

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Jul
23

These slimy invaders need to escargot back where they came from

U.S. Customs agents recently seized 35 pounds of live African giant snails being shipped to California. With few predators (other than humans) the slow-moving snails are fast becoming one of the world’s most destructive invasive species. Ellen Strong of the Natural History Museum tells you everything you need to know. Plus recipes! Continue reading These slimy invaders need to escargot back where they came from

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