Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has joined the ranks of institutions looking to fund science by allowing patrons to put their names to new species. Current opportunities range from a spiny worm found in kelp forests ($10,000) to a handsome-looking holothurian for $15,000 and on up to a rarer worm found near hydrothermal vents ($50,000). So if you have the money and want to donate to science while naming something permanently and officially after yourself (or someone else - perhaps someone will name a worm or sea slug after a spouse's divorce attorney?) here is the opportunity.