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Meet Bernie Sanders’s New Namesake: A Spider from Cuba

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UVM biologist Ingi Agnarsson and four of his undergraduate students discovered fifteen species of "smiley faced" spiders--and named them after, among others, Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders. This research attracted extensive national and global media attention, including strong stories in The Washington Post, TIME magazine, Motherboard, DW (Germany's public international broadcaster) and hundreds of other outlets from Canada to Korea.