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How the government shutdown is disrupting the science

On this Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, photo, visitors to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and drive through the park, but the facilities such as the mountains, check out, and Cades Cove visitor centers in Townsend, Tenn.
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The longest ever as the U.S. government shutdown, which has caused 800,000 federal workers to go without pay, led TSA employees to call sick and led to protests across the country, there is also a negative impact on the scientists.

Thousands of federal food inspectors and public health workers have been furloughed, and a wide range of scientific projects and tasks are now on hold.

The government agencies that are affected by the partial closure to be reported to the U. S. Geological Survey, Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA, where almost all the employees are on leave.

Last year, the National Science Foundation gave $42 million in grants from 1 January to 8 January of this year, is there not yet any of them, according to a statement from the American society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service, which is seen as critical because of its role in the protection of public safety, is still open during the partial shutdown, but the outlook is not so good. An NWS manager told The Washington Post that the lack of empathy of the government was like a slap in the face.

TECHNOLOGY BRINGS IMAGES OF THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS TO LIFE

In this March 28, 2016, file photo provided by the National Park Service, the water flows over the Nevada Fall in the neighborhood of Liberty Cap as seen from the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park, California.
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“The federal government, care about what they do,” the manager told the Post. “As much as we can repeat in our mind,” He will be okay, eventually, ” you can’t tell your body to stop worrying. An employee got two hours of sleep last night after going through all of his accounts, trying to figure out where to start.”

National parks remain in the war, with a few employees to control crowds or pick-up of the increase of the amount of waste and human waste. Visitors drive through Joshua Tree National Park, allegedly cut down protected trees, so that they could clear a path.

Instead of working to ensure that Superfund sites like the Gowanus Canal in New York, are cleaned up, EPA staff are on leave.

During the partial shutdown, federal scientists will not be able to attend scientific meetings, that is how new research is shared. According to Science News, government, scientists have missed important conferences on astronomy, biology, weather and agricultural science.

RAINING SPIDERS IN BRAZIL?

Furloughed National Park Service ranger Sean Ghazalam, second from left, listens to fellow furloughed park ranger Kathryn Gilson speaks during a press conference and rally, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at La Colmena in the Middle of the Staten Island borough of New York city. (AP Photo/Kathy Will)

More than 10 percent of the scheduled participants at the American Astronomical Society meeting that just wrapped up on January 10 in Seattle had to cancel the presentations, ACE spokesman Rick Fienberg told Science News. Astrophysicist Jane Rigby NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was one of them.

Rigby had to abandon her planned talks on the James Webb Space Telescope, because no one outside of the AMERICAN space agency had the expertise to cover her.

“This is the Super Bowl of astronomy, and we’re not allowed to play,” she said. “It is not even if we benched. We are not even allowed in the stadium.”

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