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ShadowCell



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:c i missed only the one about the Earth's atmosphere

nitrogeeeeeeeeeeeeen
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heretical Rants wrote:
13/13

After such basic questions, I was rather pleased to see how the histogram at the end was skewed

Interesting thing about the results is that males scored better than females in every question except those related to medicine and health, in which the girls did better two times out of four. Girls won out on the questions of antibiotics and setting up a clinical trial, but guys did better on the questions of what sunscreen and blood cells do.
I wonder if that represents an underlying pattern in the prevalence of men and women in various STEM fields. Perhaps there are proportionally more women in medical school/professions versus more men in the non-medical fields?
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TIAB



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ShadowCell wrote:
:c i missed only the one about the Earth's atmosphere

nitrogeeeeeeeeeeeeen


That one seemed to trip up people the most out of all the questions by a wide margin.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ShadowCell wrote:
:c i missed only the one about the Earth's atmosphere

nitrogeeeeeeeeeeeeen


Heh, I was sure that "fracking" was to get oil.

Then it wasn't an option....

edit: it seems to also for oil. ah well.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was about to answer coal, but then I was like, no, it wouldn't make sense for that coal's too solid, we want teh contents of teh shale. TEH SHALE, I SAY.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snorri wrote:
ShadowCell wrote:
:c i missed only the one about the Earth's atmosphere

nitrogeeeeeeeeeeeeen


Heh, I was sure that "fracking" was to get oil.

Then it wasn't an option....

edit: it seems to also for oil. ah well.

I got this wrong for a similar reason. Boo. Everything else I nailed, though. To be fair, I probably only got nitrogen right because I read the thread before taking the test.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remembered fracking because of conspiracy theorists. The atmosphere one almost got me.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TIAB wrote:
http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/science-knowledge/

13/13

I'm a little bothered by the fact that the 18-29 demographic did worse than the 30-49 demographic on both the fracking and antibiotic questions.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of science and the public, the Human Genome project generated a Return On Investment of something between $60 an $141 for every tax dollar spent. That outperforms the private, patent-seeking genome project headed by Craig Venter. It also generated far more academic research than the commercial version.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WheelsOfConfusion wrote:
Speaking of science and the public, the Human Genome project generated a Return On Investment of something between $60 an $141 for every tax dollar spent. That outperforms the private, patent-seeking genome project headed by Craig Venter. It also generated far more academic research than the commercial version.


Not surprising-when it comes to basic research, or, indeed, *most research at all*, public funding is ALWAYS better, in my mind. Because you don't know if your results will be profitable, you don't even know if what you're trying *is going to work*. If we knew the outcome in advance, we'd call it engineering. =)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My little science nerd heart is hoping that the patenting side of genomics will be struck down or at least severely curtailed in the upcoming SCOTUS decision. But I'm not hopeful.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Christian Science Monitor's scientific literacy quiz. It's 50 questions instead of 13, covers more ground, and goes a little deeper. The annoying part is that it refreshes the whole page when you answer a question to show your result, then you have to load the next page.

I got 92%. One of the ones I missed was a total brainfart on my part.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to have to take that quiz at home. Stuck with Internet Exploder at work.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a theme park called the holy land Experience that seems like it was made by or for Seymore.

http://manonthelam.com/holy-grail-hokey-holy-land-experience-part/
http://manonthelam.com/holy-grail-of-hokey-inside-the-holy-land-experience-part-2/

And on their website, they encourage you to bring an 'unsaved one' to their jesus gardens.
http://www.holylandexperience.com/exhibits/christus_gardens.html

I assume they want this so the non-Christians can laugh their asses off, or just be really fucking uncomfortable around the asshat that dragged them there.
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