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Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles Australians

Posted: July 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science Matters | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles Australians

Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles AustraliansMore than 40 percent of Australians don’t know how long it takes the Earth to travel around the sun, according to a new survey, which also dug-up that nearly 30 percent of Australians didn’t know if humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs.

The Australian Academy of Science surveyed more than 1,500 people, asking them very basic scientific questions.

The survey is a repeat of a 2010 questionnaire, asking the same basic questions, it seems we’ve slowed our thinking – as a nation – way back in 2010 more than 70 percent knew that the earth took a year to travel around the sun.

The surveys author says it’s a wake-up call, he’s also worried that our knowledge of basic science might devolve even further, blaming popular culture and an insufficient school curriculum. We’re not alone however, the US seems to suffer similar symptoms  :: Read the full article »»»»

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