The Straits Times
Published on Jan 03, 2013

Bazinga! TV's Big Bang Theory all abuzz over new bee


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Big Bang Theory physicist Dr Sheldon Cooper has a buzzy new claim to fame. The geeky TV character, who counts Britain's Stephen Hawking among his online friends, has had a species of bee named after his favourite catch phrase - Bazinga!

Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio said he named a species of Brazilian orchid bee Euglossa bazinga in honour of "the clever, funny, 'nerd' character Sheldon Cooper" because the bee had tricked scientists for some time with its similarity to other species.

Mr Nemesio published his paper last month in Zootaxa, a journal for worldwide zoological taxonomists.

Steven Molaro, one of the executive producers of The Big Bang Theory said on Wednesday that the CBS comedy was "always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show".