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Testing the Scientific Knowledge of Americans (Infographic)

Chart of survey results.
A Pew survey tried to determine the level of scientific knowledge of the average American.
(Image: © by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

A new Pew Research Center survey found that most Americans can answer basic questions about science topics such as astronomy and geology. Far fewer were able to answer other questions, such as what property of a sound wave determines loudness (amplitude), or what element is needed to make nuclear weapons (uranium).