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Plain Language in the Sciences

A recent National Science Foundation study shows that:

  • Fewer than 50% of adults understand that the Earth orbits the sun yearly.
  • Only 21% of adults can define DNA.
  • Only 9% of adults know what a molecule is.
  • One in 7 adults—25 million people—cannot locate the US on an unlabeled map.
  • A third of Americans believe in astrology—and do not understand that astrology is not scientific.