Link to news story - AP Some highlights of a new Pew Research Centre poll. (My comments in square brackets.) 27 percent of Americans say the nation's greatest achievements are in science, medicine and technology, more than any category other than don't know. ["Don't know" was the most common response? Hehe.] Most Americans — 64 percent — see this country's science as "above average," but with advances by other countries getting increasing attention, just 17 percent say it's the best in the world. Indeed, the European Union currently published more scientific papers than the United States. Overall, the new study found that science remains well thought of by Americans, with 84 percent of respondents saying it has a mostly positive effect on society. Only 6 percent rated science as largely negative for society. For example, 63 percent of respondents who believe in creationism and 64 percent of those contending there is no evidence of global warming still said science does much to contribute to the well-being of society. [Double-think?] About 91 percent of the general public knew that aspirin is recommended to prevent heart attacks, 82 percent knew that global positioning systems rely on satellites and 65 percent correctly linked carbon dioxide gas to rising temperatures. On the other hand, just 54 percent understood that antibiotics do not kill viruses and fewer than half — 46 percent — knew that electrons are smaller than atoms. The public and the science association members did not always see eye-to-eye. For example 87 percent of AAAS scientists believed that humans and other living things evolved naturally, compared with 32 percent of the general public. And while 84 percent of the association members say the Earth is getting warmer because of human activities, just 49 percent of the public agreed. [In other words, there's a correlation between knowing about science and believing in evolution and global warming. Basically, the more educated you are about science, the more likely you are to accept global warming and evolution.] For more, see the full story.