18 Oct '13, 1pm

Welcome back, federal workers! Look how we screwed up your research

Welcome back, federal workers! Look how we screwed up your research

Shutterstock Here’s hoping that federal researchers enjoy catching up on weeks of missed work. Hooray! Congress has given the federal government permission to begin functioning again. National parks and monuments are reopening and the National Zoo’s panda cam is back. But after a 16-day hiatus, which by one estimate cost the country up to $24 billion , there have been painful impacts on scientific research — including research that could help tell us WTF is going on with the climate. The most-discussed climate-science impacts from the shutdown have been those affecting studies in Antarctica , where a narrow annual research window is approaching. From Politico : In Antarctica, scientists who study the Adelie penguin worry that they won’t be in place when the fast-declining species arrives later this year at its nesting and breeding grounds. “If we have breaks in that record...

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