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Barack And Michelle Obama Get Shocking 'Gift'

A group of expert scientists is hoping to make science more relatable to younger generations, and they’ve come up with an unusual idea to make that happen. The group has discovered 15 new species of the Spintharus spider, and they’ve decided to make the new species stand apart from the pack by dropping notable names on them. As the Washington Examiner reports, the species have been named after a slew of liberal icons.

Former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are among the names that have been chosen to be immortalized in scientific literature. Biology professor Ingi Agnarsson explained the reasoning behind the name choices.

"In naming these spiders, the students and I wanted to honor people who stood up for both human rights and warned about climate change — leaders and artists who promoted sensible approaches for a better world," Agnarsson said.

While that’s certainly a way to get the species to stand out, the decision is questionable at best. The phrase ‘sensible approaches’ is open to interpretation, so it’s curious why that would be part of the checklist for naming something in a discipline that revolves around absolutes. While the approach of Obama, Sanders, and others may be ‘sensible’ in the eyes of Agnarsson and his team, that doesn’t mean that everyone feels that it is. While that’s an entirely different debate, Agnarsson’s reasoning for the naming choices presents it as if it’s a concrete fact. Is that really the responsibility of a scientist?

“Until now, the beautiful yellow smiley-faced spiders in the genus Spintharus— named for a smiley face pattern on their abdomens — has been thought to have one widespread species from northern North America down to northern Brazil," he continued.

Alright, so they’re not. Got it. There really wasn’t another way to distinguish them without getting political?

"Our time on this earth is limited…But I think that ideas are not that way. It is my hope that through naming that spider after Bernie we can remember the ideas that he has at this pivotal point in the life of our nation," explains researcher Lily Sargeant.

While it’s lovely that Sargeant is ‘feelin’ the Bern’ and all, there’s absolutely no place for partisan politics within scientific research. She feels he has great ideas. That’s fine. But what about the people that feel his ideas are incredibly dangerous? Should they just skip over that section in the science textbook from now on? Recent UVM graduate Chloe Van Patte decided to name a spider after Leonardo DiCaprio for rather self-serving reasons.

"I'm over my crush, but now that he's involved in environmental issues, I love him even more. So I named a spider after him hoping that if he read our study … he might go out to dinner with me and talk about climate change," she said.

As long as the scientists' heads were in the right place when they completed their research, we’ll assume all was well. Unfortunately, their heads were somewhere else entirely.

Source: Washington Examiner
Photo: YouTube

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