The longest closure of the US government, which forced 800,000 federal employees to skip pay checks, pushed TSA workers to call patients and spark protests across the country, also negatively impacting the scientists.
Thousands of federal food inspectors and public health officials are on leave and many scientific projects and tasks are pending.
Government agencies affected by this partial shutdown include the US Geological Survey, the Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA, where almost all employees are on leave.
Last year, the National Science Foundation awarded $ 42 million in grants from January 1 to 8, but this year it has not distributed any, according to a statement from the American Society for AIDS. Biochemistry and Biecular Molecular.
Meanwhile, the national meteorological service, considered critical because of its role in protecting public safety, is still open during the partial closure – but the forecasts may not be as good. An NWS official told The Washington Post that the lack of empathy on the part of the government was like a slap.
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"Federal employees care what they do," said the director at the Post Office. "As much as we can repeat in our minds," it'll be fine, eventually, "you can not tell your body to stop worrying.An employee has two hours of sleep last night, after reviewing all his bills, trying to know where to start. "
National parks remain in disarray, with few employees controlling crowds or picking up the growing amount of garbage and garbage. Visitors passing through Joshua Tree National Park allegedly cut down protected trees to make their way.
Instead of ensuring that Superfund sites, such as Gowanus Canal in New York, are cleaned up, EPA employees are on leave.
During the partial shutdown, federal scientists are not able to attend scientific meetings, which explains how new research is shared. According to Science News, government scientists have already missed important conferences on astronomy, biology, weather and agricultural sciences.
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More than 10 percent of attendees expected at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society, which had just ended January 10 in Seattle, had to cancel their presentations, said the spokesman of the American Astronomical Society. AAS, Rick Fienberg, at Science News. Astrophysicist Jane Rigby of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is one of them.
Rigby had to give up his planned interviews on the James Webb Space Telescope because nobody outside the US space agency had the expertise to cover it.
"It's the Super Bowl of astronomy, and we do not have the right to play," she said. "It's not even like being on the bench. We are not even allowed in the stadium. "