Latest Dietram Scheufele Stories

Socioeconomic Status May Determine A Person's Overall Understanding Of Science
2014-07-07 15:21:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Socioeconomic status may have an effect on the reading comprehension of science-related information, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Published in the journal Science Communication, the study found individuals with higher socioeconomic status tended to score better on tests of factual knowledge than those of lower socioeconomic status – despite the fact that both groups said they...

2011-01-13 16:15:14

A new study from North Carolina State University highlights a major flaw in attempting to use a single survey question to assess public opinion on science issues. Researchers found that people who say that risks posed by new science fields outweigh benefits often actually perceive more benefits than risks when asked more detailed questions. "We set out to determine whether we can accurately assess public opinion on complex science issues with one question, or if we need to break the issue...

2008-12-12 15:47:13

Religion and culture shape views of nanotechnology Two new National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored research studies say public acceptance of the relatively new, nature-altering science of nanotechnology isn't a foregone conclusion. Instead, the studies indicate continued concern. Researchers at Yale University say that when people learn about this novel technology they become sharply divided along cultural lines, while a separate study led by researchers at the University of...

2008-12-08 11:46:50

Researchers have concluded that countries with the highest amount of "religiosity" are generally the most intolerant of nanotechnology. Writing in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, Dietram Scheufele, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of life sciences communication, and colleagues conducted a survey of various nations to determine a link between the concentration of religion and the level of acceptance, or rejection, of nanotechnology. Researchers rated each of the 12 countries on...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.