Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2015

5 key findings on what Americans and scientists think about science

Scientific innovation and discovery touches all aspects of American life, from medical care to the food we eat and the technologies we rely on in our daily activities. Here are five takeaways from our new report, drawing on surveys of both scientists and the general public.

Fact Tank Apr. 23, 2014

Americans keen on space exploration, less so on paying for it

Americans are consistently more likely to say that the U.S. spends too much on space exploration than too little.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2014

Reality check: How close are we to teleportation and Mars colonies?

We asked Americans how likely they thought five things were to happen by 2064. Here’s what they said, and what science says.

Fact Tank Apr. 17, 2014

From teleportation to robot servants: Americans’ predictions and dreams for the future

Americans see the next half-century as a period of profound scientific change, but they don’t agree on what will or won’t come to pass.

Internet & Tech Apr. 17, 2014

Technology and Science in the Future

Americans agree the next 50 years will be a period of profound scientific change, but they are divided on which developments will come to pass and whether they would be a good or bad thing for society.

Fact Tank Apr. 14, 2014

SpaceX launch illustrates NASA’s growing use of private companies

NASA’s SpaceX launch could herald the beginning of the use of private, reusable rockets to service America’s space program.

Religion Dec. 30, 2013

Six-in-Ten Americans Believe in Evolution

While 60% of Americans believe in human evolution, a third reject the idea. Beliefs about evolution differ strongly by religious group and also vary by party affiliation, gender, age and education.

Sep. 25, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Jul. 19, 2013

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.