14 February 2014, 20:17

25% of Americans think that Sun circles Earth - poll

25% of Americans think that Sun circles Earth - poll

Americans are enthusiastic about the promise of science but lack basic knowledge of it, with one in four unaware that the Earth revolves around the Sun, said a poll out Friday.

The survey included more than 2,200 people in the United States and was conducted by the National Science Foundation.

Ten questions about physical and biological science were on the quiz, and the average score - 6.5 correct - was barely a passing grade.

Just 74 percent of respondents knew that the Earth revolved around the Sun, according to the results released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

Fewer than half (48 percent) knew that human beings evolved from earlier species of animals.

The result of the survey, which is conducted every two years, will be included in a National Science Foundation report to President Barack Obama and US lawmakers.

One in three respondents said science should get more funding from the government.

Nearly 90 percent said the benefits of science outweigh any dangers, and about the same number expressed interest in learning about medical discoveries.

Americans desperately struggle to find European countries on map

An American website proposed its visitors to check their knowledge of geography and place European countries on the map of “the Old World”. There was one condition: no internet or any reference books.

Honestly, the results weren’t that bad. 100% of the respondents found France, Spain and Russia on the map. Meanwhile, one user couldn’t decide whether Russia and Ukraine are different countries or they’re one.

Eastern and Central Europe became the biggest challenges for users as virtually no one was able to find Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and other countries. Some even called it a place “Borat is from” or a "Csar Republic"! So, TV producers could be proud – people watch their shows.

Most of respondents couldn’t also distinguish Norway from Sweden and replied that it's “something damn cold”.

But in the end, it’s pretty hard to call and place all 47 countries of Europe without practicing before that.

You could also try and check your knowledge by downloading and printing a contour map of Europe.

Or you can pass the test online in English or Russian.

Voice of Russia, AFP

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