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The Internet as a Resource for News and Information about Science


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About the Pew Internet/Exploratorium partnership: This survey was developed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Exploratorium, a science museum and science-education center in San Francisco, California.

With the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)1, the Exploratorium has undertaken a project designed to improve the public’s understanding of how scientists gather and interpret scientific evidence. As part of this effort, the Exploratorium commissioned the Pew Internet Project to develop and implement a national survey to determine how Americans get their science news and information. Funds for the survey reported in this document came from the Exploratorium through this NSF grant.

About the Pew Internet & American Life Project: The Pew Internet Project is a nonprofit, non-partisan think tank that explores the impact of the Internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care, and civic/political life.  The Project aims to be an authoritative source for timely information on the Internet’s growth and societal impact.  Support for the project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The project’s Web site:

The Exploratorium: Housed within the walls of San Francisco’s landmark Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception filled with hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits. In addition to serving more than half a million people who visit the museum each year, the Exploratorium is also a leader in the movement to promote museums as informal education centers, providing professional development for science teachers and teacher-educators, and operating as a research and development center for the science museum field at large. The Exploratorium’s award-winning Web site, online since 1993, currently receives more than 20 million unique visits a year. Through its many innovative exhibits and programs, the museum encourages people of all ages to explore the world around them. The Exploratorium’s Web site:

  1. This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0452128. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.
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