So here’s your chance to help a big one out!
The Beagle Project is an effort to build a replica of the HMS Beagle, the ship that took Charles Darwin on his famous voyage of discovery from 1831 to 1836. 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection — so the idea is to launch the replica that year, retrace Darwin’s route with it, and use the voyage to both perform new science, and outreach as well:
An icon of scientific progress, she will circumnavigate the globe in Darwin’s wake, crewed by aspiring scientists and researchers. They will carry out original research both at sea and on land, updating Darwin’s observations, breaking new scientific ground and relating the adventure of science to enthuse a new generation of young students.
If this sounds interesting to you, of course you can contribute directly. But now you have another option — the project has just opened a CafePress store, so you can buy cool Beagle goodies, and help the project out at the same time.
What a great way to do your holiday shopping, and help out a good cause while you’re at it!