U.S. Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to ‘Enhance’ Human Abilities
Americans are more worried than enthusiastic about using gene editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood to change human capabilities
Key findings on how Americans view new technologies that could ‘enhance’ human abilities
Many in the general public expect scientific and technological innovation to bring helpful change to society. Yet, when Americans are asked about the potential use of emerging technologies that could push the boundaries of human abilities, they are far more cautious about the morality and effects of these advances.
Half of Americans Say Threats From Infectious Diseases Are Growing
The rise of the Zika virus has caught public attention, and people are particularly worried about its threat to pregnant women
On Darwin Day, 5 facts about the evolution debate
62% of Americans say humans have evolved over time, while 34% reject evolution entirely.
15 striking findings from 2015
From trust in government to views of climate change, here are some of Pew Research Center’s most memorable findings of the year.
Americans divided on government’s role in space exploration
From the moon landings to Star Wars, Americans have long had a fascination with space and affection for NASA, but today’s public is divided on what role their government should play in future space exploration.
Public Interest in Science and Health Linked to Gender, Age and Personality
Fully 32% of online adults say science and technology is among the topics they find most interesting; 37% say health and medicine.
Majority of Americans say scientists don’t have an ideological slant
64% of Americans perceive scientists as neither liberal nor conservative.
Global Concern About Climate Change
A global median of 54% consider climate change a very serious problem. But there are regional differences on the issue, with the U.S. and China among the least concerned.
5 facts about the interplay between religion and science
Religion and science have often been seen as being in conflict. But are religious faith and the scientific enterprise really at odds with each other?