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FrostKing70

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US Government Shutdown Impact on Science?
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:29:52 PM »
Wondering what the lingering effects of the US Government shutdown might be, care to share any thoughts on the subject?

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Re: US Government Shutdown Impact on Science?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 12:19:37 AM »
Kristallnacht on Nature: Joshua Trees Cut Down By Vandals During Government Shutdown 
https://www.axios.com/government-shutdown-national-parks-joshua-trees-98350e1b-496b-4508-a0d5-45bd4074e42b.html

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Vulnerable Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park in California have been cut down by visitors who illegally drove into areas where vehicles are banned during the partial government shutdown. As a result, the park is closed indefinitely, its superintendent said Thursday. 

Joshua trees already face threats of extinction from climate change. 


https://mobile.twitter.com/johnupton/status/1083387896403505153

... now-former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ordered to keep the national parks open during the shutdown 

I think it's time to call in the Ents to clean out Isengard ....

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Re: US Government Shutdown Impact on Science?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2019, 08:51:45 PM »
As Shutdown Drags On, Scientists Scramble to Keep Insects, Plants and Microbes Alive 
https://m.phys.org/news/2019-01-shutdown-scientists-scramble-insects-microbes.html

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As the standoff marches through its fourth week, government researchers who study living things face mounting challenges.

On top of the missed paychecks, the canceled trips to scientific conferences and the deadlines that loom despite the forced time off, scientists at the USDA and other federal agencies have plants, animals, insects and microbes to worry about.

"When the government shuts down, it's not a case of, 'Well, you just turn the lights off and lock the door,' " said Bob Peterson, an entomologist at Montana State University and president of the Entomological Society of America. "You can't do that with living organisms."

Across the country, millions of fish are treading water in hatcheries run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At one location, essential staff have scrambled to collect data on behalf of furloughed scientists who are in the midst of a multiyear experiment 
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

Insensible before the wave so soon released by callous fate. Affected most, they understand the least, and understanding, when it comes, invariably arrives too late