October 8, 2013
Science Isn’t Safe From Government Shutdown
Even science isn’t safe from the government shutdown. In fact, it’s probably the 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 its 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 until a budget is approved. Workers included a cryptic message in one weather forecast. The message? “Please pay us.” All things STEM have really taken a hit in the wake of this government shutdown.
[ Read the Article: Top 5 Ways The Government Shutdown Is Affecting Science ]