Study: Awards may stifle future achievements, at least in math
Do prizes result in more brilliant work from the world’s best and brightest? Apparently not, at least in mathematics.
Racial and ethnic groups view “radical life extension” differently
Blacks and Hispanics (46% each) are somewhat more inclined than whites (34%) to say they would want treatments to dramatically extend life.
On the 44th anniversary, Americans less impressed by the first walk on the moon
A small percentage of Americans still view Armstrong’s walk on the moon as a top American achievement.
Public’s Science Knowledge Varies Widely
The public’s knowledge of science and technology varies widely across a range of questions on current topics and basic scientific concepts, according to a new quiz by the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine.
Quiz: Science and Technology Knowledge
Do you know more about science and technology than the average American? Take our 13-question quiz to test your knowledge of scientific concepts.
Majority Sees U.S. Leadership in Space as Essential
Fifty years after the first American manned space flight, nearly six-in-ten say it is essential that the U.S. continue to be a world leader in space exploration and a majority say it has been a good investment for the country.
Public Sees a Future Full of Promise and Peril
Most Americans envision a future where cancer is cured and space travel is for everyone. But they also see a world beset by war, energy shortages and a terrorist attack with nuclear weapons. Still, most see a better future for themselves and the nation over the next four decades.
Public Looks Back at Worst Decade in 50 Years
As the current decade draws to a close, relatively few Americans have positive things to say about it. But major technological and communications advances are viewed in an overwhelmingly positive light.
The Paradoxical Relationship of Religion and Science
While most embrace science and its benefits, strong religious convictions can affect some Americans’ willingness to accept certain theories and discoveries. A new report examines the history of science and religion, the debates about them and how the two have been both adversaries and allies.
“One Small Step” No Longer Seen as Such a Giant Leap for America
Four decades after the first American astronauts walked on the moon, that historic accomplishment has lost some prominence in the eyes of the public. Gen Y is especially spaced out.