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  1. ‘Punk’ Sea Snail Named for Clash Frontman

    Should I stay or escargot? A newly discovered species of purple-blooded deep-sea snail thrives in the dark, acidic environment near hydrothermal vents. With its extreme habitat and its spiky “hair,” scientists couldn’t resist naming the critter after punk legend Joe Strummer. Alviconcha strummeri joins horsefly Scaptia beyonceae and trapdoor spider Aptostichus angelinajolieae in the pantheon of critters named for famous people. Joe’s marine mollusk doesn’t exactly “Rock the Casbah,” but one of the scientists hopes the name “gets people excited about science.”

    Santa Cruz Sentinel

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