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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.