Tuesday, October 1, 2013

6 Ways Government Shutdown Will Impact Science, Health

Washington, DC 

The clock ran out for the U.S. Congress to agree on a budget bill and avoid a federal government shutdown. 

In addition to furloughs keeping thousands of government workers from their jobs, the shutdown will have wide consequences for the country's science, innovation and health.

From a panda cam gone dark and national park visitors getting the boot, to a halt on the government's flu program, here's a look at six ways the shutdown will impact science.

1. Parks and zoos.
National parks and Smithsonian institutions, including the museum and Smithsonian's National Zoo, will be closed. Plans to visit any of the 401 national parks, which cover an area of more than 84 million acres (34 million hectares), to watch the fall leaves change color or zoo trips to spy on the lions, tigers and bears will be quashed. For those already at the parks, such as Yosemite National Park, the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, daily visitors are expected to get an immediate boot from the park, and officials are giving overnight visitors 48 hours to leave. [Photos: The 10 Most Visited National Parks].

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/40075-how-shutdown-will-impact-science.html

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