In the bigger context of the horrors to come, the future of science research in this country seems perhaps less significant than attacks on immigrants, Muslim watch lists, etc. But it's also utterly baffling that we have an entire political party hostile to basic science....
Disasters, however "natural," are a wonderful (well, horrible really) entry point into exposing to the public to deep fissures on inequality in a society. That's true whether they are earthquakes,.
As we discussed the other day, we don't really know what the heck is going with the Zika virus. We do know that it is causing a variety of health.