Four UVM undergrads and their professor have discovered fifteen new species of “smiley-faced” spiders—and named them after, among others, David Attenborough, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Bill Keeton points ahead in the forest. “There’s one of the tip-up mounds we made,” he says, walking over to a ten-foot-high wall of torn tree roots that have yanked up soil and rocks, leaving a shallow hole behind.
An art historian brings multiple skills to the study of a painting created nearly five hundred years in the past and half-a-world away. The not-so-simple ability to see extremely well stands squarely at the core of these skills.