Endeavour's on the launch pad, waiting for the start of mission STS-134. But, like the United States Government and most of its vital science operations, it may shut down tonight. If that happens, that's very bad news.
This is how the political war in Washington will affect the top 10 scientific operations essential for the safety and progress of the country:
• Center for Disease Control: Reduced to a bare minimum. Essential operations-like the CDC's Emergency Operations Center or immunizations for children and outbreak investigations-will continue to work. There will be delays in other programs and shutdown of everything else that is considered non-essential, like zombies research.
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