This post is not meant for researching new technologies on your home planet. This is meant for scientific purposes on other worlds.
Going from planet to planet, you learn more about the planets ecosystems and biospheres. You can name the creatures based on how they live in their habitat. Maybe you could even set up a base, or lab there to further study the creatures.
You could even extract the DNA from certain creatures, then combine different parts from other creatures to make a new one. This could be used to research new medicines or as a weapon. For the weapon part, you could create an extremely hostile creature with increased strength. Then, you could place these creatures on enemy worlds or other planets as an experiment. They could be classified as an invasive species, causing problems to the now unstable ecosystem.
When you discover a new planet, you can name it however you want.
Projects could be conducted to research new technologies.
I hope this will be used in the future game.