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Science and the Shutdown

As the blame-game on the government shutdown continues in Washington, we’re just beginning to see how North Carolina workers and popular landmarks are being affected.nsf

Reddit has a fascinating thread going today on how the work of scientists is being sidelined while Congress hashes out their disagreements.

Websites like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are dark. Some projects are postponing field work. Others are worried about upcoming grant cycles and when grant applications that have been submitted might be reviewed.

The thread is fairly free from partisan politics, and gives many of us non-scientist types a glimpse at some of the research that’s now on hold.

2 Comments


  1. GOP Rules

    October 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Well, if it shuts down the so called science of global warming, or the new term climate change, then true progress has been made. As far as NASA, are they still in business? I thought the president basically shut them down now that they are pretty much out of the space flight business.

  2. Alan

    October 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Doogie/LSD/GOP Rules,

    “The so called science of global warming”????? It’s comments like this that exposes the true ignorance of the GOP and their supporters. There is no debate about global warming, the only ‘debate’ is taking place on the likes of Faux News, ably supported by the fossil fuel industry. It’s scientific fact, and has been for many years. And no, it’s not some liberul conspiracy either. It’s fact. What is it about science, and facts, that the GOP don’t seem to get?

    Next you’ll be telling us planet earth is only 6000 years old and dinosaurs and humans coexisted.

    What about challenging the so called science of gravity? I hear there’s a great deal of debate about it’s existence.

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