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A mallard duck takes a bath at a private home swimming pool in Los Angeles, California, on April 27, 2012. A pair of ducks took a one-hour long break to refresh in a private residential swimming pool before flying away.
Every time the fiscal cliff or sequestration comes up, politicians begin scrutinizing the federal budget for wasteful spending. Inevitably, projects from the National Science Foundation come under attack.
Patricia Brennan is the author of one study, but she's standing up for her work.