Science Shutdown

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    The government shutdown is halting scientific research in many different areas and putting scientists out of work in the meantime.

    Even science isn’t safe from the government shutdown—in fact, it’s probably most vulnerable.  Many of our science workers have been asked to take off their lab coats and go home.  Museums and park closures have had a trickle down effect.  The most complete dinosaur fossil ever found was supposed to make it’s way to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in D.C. but will have to wait, like it’s not used to waiting for millions of years.  The National Radio Astronomy Observatory has suspended all US operations and is down to a skeleton crew of maintenance workers.  And one researcher really thinks the shutdown stinks.  He’s had to abandon his “stink bug counting study” of the smelly invading pests for the time being as they continue to overrun American homes.   At the least the National Weather Service has a sense of humor about working without pay til a budget is approved.  Workers included a cryptic message in one weatherforecast. The message?  “Please pay us.” All things STEM have really taken a hit in the wake of this government shutdown.