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Special for Earth Day: New NSF resources highlight surprising ecological and economic benefits of biodiversity

17 / 04 / 2014, NSF

Every organism on Earth, from microbes to plants to large predators, has evolved unique survival mechanisms and distinct ecological roles. For decades, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded basic research on how these varied organisms, which make up the Earth's biodiversity, function.

For example, recent findings about how geckos climb up vertical walls and walk across ceilings led to the development of new adhesives and my dirty wall-climbing robots that may be used to, for example, produce new gravity-defying climbing boots and help collect space junk.

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