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.

U.S. Politics Apr. 22, 2013

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.

U.S. Politics Apr. 22, 2013

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.

U.S. Politics Jul. 5, 2011

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.

U.S. Politics Jun. 22, 2010

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.

Internet & Tech May. 5, 2010

The Semantic Web

Technology experts and stakeholders are divided over whether a world in which software agents carry out sophisticated tasks for users is on the immediate horizon.