Each Year The Government Asks 10 Simple Questions To Test The Public's Knowledge Of Science. Can You Correctly Answer Them All?

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Every two years, the National Science Foundation is required to tell the president how the US is doing in regard to science and engineering.

"As economies worldwide grow increasingly knowledge-intensive and interdependent, capacity for innovation becomes ever more critical," the NSF says in its latest report, titled "Science & Engineering Indicators 2018."

The news is OK, but not great. Americans are increasingly interested in environmental issues, the report says, and relative to previous years, they're expressing more concern about climate change and humanity's role in it. They also trust scientists more than roles in any other institution aside from the military.

But the US lags behind dozens of countries in the rate of awarding bachelor's and advanced degrees in science, technology, math, or engineering.
The American public also isn't doing much better on 10 simple questions the NSF asks to test the public's understanding of science.

Scroll down to see the questions the NSF asked for the latest report, see how many answers you can get right, and then compare how 11 countries who asked the same science questions performed.

Question 1.

True or false? The center of the Earth is very hot.
 
The correct answer...

True. Scientists estimate that Earth's core is more than 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit — nearly the temperature found on the surface of the Sun.
 
How the US and other nations did:
 
Question 2:
 
True or False? The continents have been moving their location for millions of years and will continue to move.

The correct answer…

True. Plate tectonics is the science of how continent-size slabs of crust form Earth's outermost layer and constantly move and regenerate.
Most move less than a couple inches per year, according to Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, though the process may be essential to making a rocky planet habitable to life.

How the US and other nations did:

Question 3:

Which is correct? A. The Earth goes around the Sun. or B. The Sun goes around the Earth.

The correct answer…

A. We know this is true on a basic level because we can see the position of the stars change over time.
The space age has also required us to intimately understand this fact – and acknowledge our puny existence in the cosmos via stunning pictures of Earth from afar.

How the US and other nations did:

Question 4:

True of False? All radioactivity is man made.

The correct answer…

False. Natural radiation is everywhere, especially in space. Small amounts are present in soil, water, and vegetation. Even a portion of the potassium found in bananas is radioactive.

How the US and other nations did:

Question 5:

True of False? Electrons are smaller than atoms.
 
The correct answer…

True. Electrons are much less massive than the protons and neutrons that make up the cores of atoms.

How the US and other nations did:
 
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