If you’ve ever had a pregnancy in the family, you know that the first two trimesters go by relatively quickly, but the last trimester seems to take forever. Days crawl by. Now, I see a similar phenomenon being played out in the science community, where the rest of this summer and much of the fall are going to feel like slow motion as everyone waits for the science portion of the economic recovery to begin. I know of several lab equipment suppliers, postdocs, grad students, college administrators, etc. who have put their lives on hold waiting for the DOE and NSF cash to start flowing.