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  1. Sanctuary for Giant Pandas Also Home to Newly Discovered Tiny Spiders

    These tiny spiders prove that no matter how small a spider is, they're really freaky looking up close.

    One of the great things about setting aside land as a sanctuary for one creature is that it helps to preserve a whole ecosystem full of plants and animals -- some of which we may not even know exist yet. Take for example the two new species of spider -- both among the world's tiniest -- that were just discovered on the grounds of a panda sanctuary in southwest China. One of these little guys averages less than a millimeter across. You could eat, like, 50 of them in your sleep and never even know it!

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  2. Cave-Dwelling Albino Coral Discovered

    Marine biologists have discovered a new type of coral that lives on the ceilings of underwater caves where no coral has been found before. This bone white coral isn't just unique in where it lives, it also lacks the symbiotic algae that most corals depend on to survive. That the new species, Leptoseris troglodyta, doesn't carry this algae, known as zooxanthellae, may be a peculiar trick of evolution that makes it particularly suited towards life in the twilight caves it calls home.

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  3. Terrifying New Family of Cave Spider Discovered in Pacific Northwest

    You guys, there is a new kind of spider now, and it is awful and terrifying! Like, even more so than standard issue spiders on account of its raptor-like claws (closeup after the jump, and also in nightmares that will haunt you forever). Trogloraptor marchingtoni lives in caves in Southwest Oregon, where it hangs from ceilings on primitive webs, presumably scaring the hell out of anything that passes nearby.

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  4. New Insect Species Discovered on Flickr

    The Semachrysa jade, a type of lacewing indigenous to the jungles of Malaysia, was only recently confirmed to be an entirely new species. The story of how scientists came to find the insect, first published in the newest issue of academic journal Zookeys last month, explains that the little bug wasn't actually discovered in the wild -- but on the Internet.

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