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Are You Better Than The Average American At Science?

There's only one way to find out.

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The National Science Foundation in the U.S. recently published a report about how much the American public knows about basic science concepts. Want to know how you stack up against the people who responded? Take the quiz!

  1. Correct
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    Really, really quite hot – about 6000 degrees.

  2. Correct
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    It's true! All the continents used to be lumped together in a landmass called Pangaea. But they're always moving, even today.

  3. Correct
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    Humans have known this for a pretty long time now. We're really hoping the 24% of people who got this wrong misread the question.

  4. Correct
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    Radioactivity comes from atoms that are not stable and so decay into smaller atoms. And it occurs naturally (did you know bananas are radioactive?).

  5. Correct
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    Electrons are fundamental particles and make up atoms (along with protons and neutrons), so of course they're smaller.

  6. Correct
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    Lasers are all about light, not sound.

  7. Correct
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    Ok, so some will quibble with the language used, but this question was designed to reveal whether you know about the Big Bang or not. (Perhaps the language is why 61% of people asked by the NSF chose "False".)

  8. Correct
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    Only men have a Y chromosome (women have two X's, men have an X and a Y) so only they can determine whether the baby gets a Y, making it male.

  9. Correct
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    Nope, just bacteria. Which is why antibiotics are no use against the common cold, which is caused by a virus.

  10. Correct
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    This is natural selection.

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