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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, says he has documented proof of $3 billion worth of waste and mismanagement by the National Science Foundation. The 73-page report to taxpayers by researchers is annotated with more than 350 footnotes. (Associated Press)

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Jell-O wrestling at the South Pole is one of the projects detailed in the Senate report "The National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope."

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This undated handout artist rendering provided by Lynette Cook, National Science Foundation, shows a new planet, right. Astronomers have found a planet that is in the Goldilocks zone _ just right for life. Not too hot, not too cold. Not too far from its sun, not too close. And it is near Earth _ relatively speaking, at 120 trillion miles. It also makes scientists think that these examples of habitable planets are far more common than they thought. (AP Photo/Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation)