The US government shutdown has been wreaking havoc on everything. The government has deemed Nobel Prize-winning physicist David Wineland and his research non-essential. US government researchers are barred from scientific conferences. Outdoorsmen (and women) can look here to see how it affects them. It will likely have disastrous long-term effects for biomedical research. It has even suspended Antarctic research for a YEAR! That’s vital data lost forever and it doesn’t just matter to Americans; read about it here, here, and here.
I especially love the trending twitters hashtag #ShutdownPickupLines
My favorite one “NASA may have shut its Curiosity down, but you just turned mine on”
I had of tragic stories of the unintended consequences of the shutdown like cancer patients denied treatments then I heard horror stories of student projects interrupted by the US government shutdown. Thank god I’m doing field work in US, I thought. Then…. it affected me, in less severe, albeit annoying manner. I’m trying to mimic the natural lunar cycle so I needed to access a dataset from NASA on lunar intensity as it relates to the phase angle of the moon. This is what I get.