ScienceOctober 18, 2016

Americans aren’t sold on plastic surgery: Few have had it done, opinions mostly mixed

Plastic surgery has expanded from treatments aimed mainly at repairing damage to include elective changes like liposuction or tummy tucks. While it’s now a multibillion-dollar industry, just 4% of Americans say they have ever had elective cosmetic surgery.

October 13, 2016

Jobs requiring preparation, social skills or both expected to grow most

Much of U.S. job growth over the past 25 years has been in occupations that require higher levels of education, training and experience – a trend that seems likely to continue, based on our analysis of official government job-growth projections.

Internet & TechOctober 3, 2016

Smartphones help those without broadband get online, but don’t necessarily bridge the digital divide

Many Americans rely on cell phone internet access due to a lack of broadband at home. But are these devices a good substitute?

ScienceSeptember 26, 2016

Americans wary of using chip implants to boost brain power for the healthy

Thanks to scientific advancements, brain chip implants are already being tested in individuals to help them cope with an injury or ailment. But when it comes to the potential use of such implants to give an already healthy and capable person abilities that they do not currently have, Americans are more wary than enthusiastic. Some […]

Internet & TechSeptember 20, 2016

Digital Readiness Gaps

Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online, and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge

ReligionSeptember 13, 2016

Americans are wary of enhancements that could enable them to live longer and stronger

Despite the technological potential to help humans live longer and stronger, many U.S. adults are not ready to embrace these possibilities.

ScienceSeptember 12, 2016

Video: The Scientific and Ethical Elements of Human Enhancement

Human enhancement may be just around the corner. How do Americans view these emerging technologies that may one day enhance our human capabilities?

Internet & TechSeptember 1, 2016

Book Reading 2016

A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats

ScienceAugust 30, 2016

Americans skeptical about the potential use of synthetic blood

Americans are more worried than excited or enthusiastic about the potential for healthy people to use synthetic blood (63% vs. 36%). And a majority of Americans – roughly six-in-ten – said they would not want synthetic blood substitutes in their own body to improve their abilities, while 35% would be open to it.

ScienceAugust 26, 2016

Many Americans are wary of using gene editing for human enhancement

A new gene-editing method called CRISPR exemplifies how the technology is rapidly becoming a present-day reality. Yet, Americans are wary of editing embryos, according to a survey on the broader field of “human enhancement.”