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NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Photo of Andrea Jani collecting arthropods from sleepy grass in Lincoln National Forest, N.M. How Toxic Grass Puts Animals to Sleep
University of North Carolina, Greensboro researchers are studying native grasses to develop a better understanding of the workings of fungal endophytes
Released  October 15, 2010
Photo of researchers collecting a sediment core from Silver Lake, Ohio. Mass Animal Extinctions, Not Climate Change, Caused Major Shifts in Plant Communities
NSF-supported researchers investigate a connection between the disappearance of certain plant communities and the late-Pleistocene extinction of large mammal species in North America
Released  May 26, 2010
Photo of Amy Barnes making phosphorus-rich phosphate glass to use with her doctoral research work. On Earth Day and Everyday, Ecologist Fights for Phosphorus
NSF-supported ecologist James Elser is internationally recognized as an expert on phosphorus in biology and ecology, and his research could help to change society’s views on phosphorus use and conservation
Released  May 6, 2010
Photo of Eriophyllum lanosum, a desert winter annual. Even in the Desert, Plants Feel the Heat of Global Warming
NSF-supported researchers study the germination of plants in the Sonoran Desert to determine the impact of the later arrival of winter rains
Released  April 23, 2010
Photo of a Joshua tree dusted with snow following a spring snowstorm in Tikaboo Valley, Nevada. Some Trees and Insects Are Made for Each Other
Christopher Irwin Smith describes research on Joshua trees, yucca moths and the question of whether coevolution between plants and their insect pollinators produced the spectacular diversity of plants and insects
Released  November 24, 2009
Photo of dabbling ducks foraging in the shallow region of Lake Alexandrina, New Zealand. Benefits of Sexual Reproduction Lie in Defense Against Parasites
Indiana University graduate student describes research studying populations of New Zealand freshwater snails that reproduce either sexually or asexually to determine if sexual reproduction offers advantages in parasite-rich environments
Released  October 28, 2009

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