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November 1996 Frontiers cover, Biodiversity: A Productive Way to Grow

Biodiversity: A Productive Way to Grow
November 1996


Biodiversity: A Productive Way to Grow
Ecologists at NSF's Long Term Ecological Research site in Minnesota are proving that biodiversity means both an increase in the number of species and an increase in the productivity per plant.

Replacement Parts: Creating Artificial Tissues and Organs
Using new techniques in biotechnology, engineers and biologists are creating almost natural artificial parts.

A New Way to Learn: Students Argue About Physics
In a Harvard physics class, students explain concepts to each other, a system that their professor calls a "brains on" way of teaching.

S&E Graduate Students: More Women Enroll
Women's enrollment in science and engineering graduate programs edged up, even as overall enrollment declined.


President Signs Into Law NSF Budget for 1997
NSF's budget for FY 1997 is $3.27 billion, a 2 percent increase from FY 1996.

Recreating a Species: Evolution Turns Predictable
A 100,000-year-old species of sunflower did not get its looks by chance, researchers discovered when they recreated the same species in a laboratory greenhouse.

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