Most Americans don’t know these basic science facts


We don’t have this down to a science.

Americans are ignorant about what’s going on in the scientific world, be it new health studies, climate change news or information on genetically modified foods. Indeed, about two-thirds of Americans admit that they read, watch or listen to science news only a few times a month or less — and most tend to get it by happenstance rather than because they seek it out intentionally, according to a Pew Research Center study of more than 4,000 adults released this week.

While no single reason stands out as to why Americans don’t read science news, Jeffrey Gottfried, senior researcher at Pew Research Center, says that, “the two most common reasons cited are because respondents are too busy (46 percent say this was a major or minor reason) and because the sources they regularly get news from do not cover science a lot (43 percent.)”

Whatever the reasons we don’t read about science, one thing is clear: We’re confused about science basics. Here are five major scientific things that Americans don’t know — but should.

That the Earth orbits the sun — and not vice versa

Americans can’t get their heads around this one: One in four thinks that the sun orbitsthe Earth rather than vice versa. This isn’t the only outer space issue that confuses us: Just 39 percent of Americans said that the following statement was true, according to data from the National Science Foundation: “The universe began with a huge explosion.”

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