What does 2017 hold for science?

Nature takes a look at what's likely in store for 2017 in various fields of scientific inquiry. Short answer: some is dependent on Trump regime drama, like climate research, space research, stem cell research, multinational research agencies, and a host of other issues.

Rough seas for climate

If the United States pulls back on its climate commitments as president-elect Donald Trump has promised, China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, could take the lead on climate-change mitigation. The country’s national cap-and-trade system to limit greenhouse-gas emissions should launch later this year. Global emissions have plateaued over the past three years, and some scientists hope that the levels may even fall this year, aided by a stagnant economy and a surge in green technology. And data from robotic probes in the Southern Ocean should reveal how much carbon dioxide the formidable sea around Antarctica is really sucking up.

Political hangover

Last year’s elections brought political shocks, but 2017 will reveal the consequences. After Trump’s inauguration on 20 January, researchers should have a better idea of whether his administration will really gut NASA’s climate and Earth-science programmes or revoke permission to carry out research with human embryonic stem cells.

2017 sneak peek: What the new year holds for science (Nature)

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  1. Political hangover

  2. I'm assuming that science is a Virgo, since I have heard that Virgo is the most analytical sign:

    You normally act with great consideration and compassion. This year, what you do may more often have karmic implications with soul connections to improve your your're life. Your more playful, dramatic actions could have deeper, more subtle and long-reaching consequences.
  3. FGD135 says:

    As this one reads really promising, I'll suspend my usual scepicism for once and just embrace it. Which, I am told, is, like, typical Virgo behaviour, what with being pragmatic and stuff.
    Except for that your / you're typo. That kinda spoils it for me. Which, I am told, is ...

  4. lube and ankle grabbing?

    here's to hoping i'm wrong, as i see it science is our best hope for the planet.

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