Earth’s hottest layer is the core, we use uranium to build nukes, and ocean tides are created by the gravitational pull of the Moon. Like, duh! But did you also know that the boiling point of water decreases with increasing altitude, or that amplitude determines the loudness of a sound wave? Huh?
Read the catchy one-line statistics that circulate in the headlines and on social media and you’d be forgiven for thinking that public understanding of science is in a sorry state. Truth is, it’s not as bad it appears — a misconception fueled by the bad survey.
Survey results published Thursday by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Academy for the Advancement of Science indicate most Americans hold science in high esteem, while revealing huge opinion gaps between scientists and the general public over issues like GMOs and anthropogenic climate change.
A recent survey asked 1,500 Americans what they fear most. The answers may surprise you.
What do you think is the greatest threat facing the world? A new survey queries people in countries all around the globe and finds that how you answer may depend on where you live — and on your politics.
A staple segment of partisan talk shows, or regular comedy shows, is sending a camera operator out on the street and demonstrate - via a quick survey - how little people these days know about politics. But political ignorance, covered by bluffing, is not a modern thing, as the Metallic Metals Act shows.
In a survey by the National Science Foundation, 40% of Americans said that they believed astrology was a science. But, is the issue not that Americans believe that horoscopes are scientifically defined, but that they simply misheard "astrology" as "astronomy"?
The 129-year-old Washington Monument is enshrouded in scaffolding this month, as workers repair the structural cracks caused by a 2011 earthquake. But the scaffolds are giving scientists the chance to carry out other work, too: Like measuring the exact height of the aging monument.
Though the use of drone strikes should still be an American moral crisis, the majority of America approves of the pilotless robotic missile strikes. And men overwhelmingly support the invisible killers compared to women.
To urinate or update Facebook with pics from last night's drunken debauchery? That is the fundamental anatomical pop culture question for our time.
Captain America: The First Avenger was a market coup for Marvel, as people are now inadvertently rewriting the Good Book in his star-spangled name. Reports The Christian Post:
Normally we don't like to give much credence to PR stunt surveys, but Hunch polled 15,000 people—FIFTEEN THOUSAND—and found some surprising results. Did you know that iPhoners eat rice crispies, and Android-droids prefer Cheerios?
I'll admit the first thing I do upon turning the phone alarm off is to fire up my emails and then Twitter. And that's all before I get out of bed! I stop short of actually replying to messages, though.
We've heard it said backward and forward that tablets are eating into laptop sales, but rarely if ever do we hear much about the tablet's influence on TV watching. Turns out all those iPads are disrupting that experience too.
In a sign that the line between science and science fiction is blurred in many people's brains (or just that you can get whatever result you want in a survey) a shocking number of Brits believe scifi tech is real.
Let's face it: 99.9 per cent of surveys are just inbox spam, dreamt up by PR agencies in need of a quick coverage fix for their demanding clients, and with such a small pool of respondees that you'd be better off asking your Facebook friends for their opinion instead. Not this one, though.
iPhone owners have long had their frustrations with AT&T. So when over half of the AT&T respondents to a Consumer Reports wireless carrier satisfaction survey were iPhone owners, it's maybe unsurprising that they finished last. It's still disappointing, though. UPDATED:
The 3D revolution. Companies like Sony and pretty much every vendor who attended IFA the other day want it to happen yesterday. Consumers? Interested—just not to the point where they're willing to put down any coin just yet.