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As colleges and universities shut down to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus, their scientists are heading home. While teaching may migrate online, research is less portable.

As scientists are no longer able to travel, gather or even access their labs, University of Arizona astronomer Chris Impey explains what’s being lost – and why it matters.

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Many scientists have had to hang up their lab coats and go home. Jonathan Pow/Cultura via Getty Images

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