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U.S. Public's Knowledge of Science: Getting Better but a Long Way to Go
February 15, 2011
Amid concerns about the lagging math and science performance of American children, American adults are actually scoring higher than they did 20 years ago on a widely used index of civic scientific literacy, according to a University of Michigan researcher.
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