“Distressing, Dispiriting, Deflating”

As if science weren’t hard enough already, the US government’s partial shutdown has sent thousands of scientists home without pay.
 
Government scientists at the National Science Foundation, the Agriculture Department, and other agencies are barred from looking in on their experiments, gathering data, doing tests, etc.
 
Getting a possible reprieve this year is the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug. Without adequate time to prepare for the pest’s spring emergence, scientists may have to wait until next year to learn more about how to stop it.
 
One scientist summed up the shutdown this way: “It’s distressing, dispiriting, deflating.”
 
The Washington Post

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