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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 a C. elegans worm tail belonging to a male, showing sensory rays. Worms Can Evolve to Survive Intersex Populations
Experimental evolution reveals a possible intermediate stage in the evolution of sex determination
Released  December 5, 2011
Photo of Richard Lenski and another researcher examining a Petri dish used in a study of evolution. E. coli Offers Insight to Evolution
Richard Lenski's two decade experiment on E. coli sheds new light on evolutionary processes
Released  June 17, 2011
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 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
Four underwater scenes with text after crayfish removal. Stability and Diversity in Ecosystems
Scientists say focus on stability
Released  August 3, 2007

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