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Scientists are protesting Trump’s inauguration with a nerdy celebration of research

Vaccines work, climate change is real — and scientists’ tweets for the Trump administration.

Donald Trump and his wife Melania on Inauguration Day.

When President Barack Obama was sworn into office in 2009, he promised to “restore science to its rightful place.”

Eight years later, the scientific community is bracing for a considerably more contentious relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. From his loose relationship with facts, to his denial of climate change, his low-opinion of the National Institutes of Health, and his meeting with an anti-vaccine leader, Trump has signaled that his administration will not just challenge proven scientific principles, but also undo the significant science policy progress of President Obama.

Enter the #USofScience hashtag. Researchers are using Inauguration Day to stand up for science, filling social media with celebratory comments about discoveries, debunking some of Trump’s anti-science claims, and reminding the public that many of our favorite inventions came from basic research. It’s the nerdiest hashtag to watch today.

Watch: A history of US inaction on climate change