I have been dealing with cuts in science since 2007. It can be draining and depressing, but I have learned at least two important lessons.
The HERA collider started up for the first time just as I was finishing my doctoral research. I was on “safety shift” on the ZEUS detector on one of the very early nights of data-taking. ZEUS was a massive particle detector, about 20 metres high and hidden behind concrete shielding. Safety shift was a good one for inexperienced grad students. Just plod around every hour reading dials and ticking a list, and report anything strange to the shift leader.
Continued on The Guardian.