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Originally Posted by ozzie679

I did a little bit of digging. They measured two things  "science literacy" and "numeracy"  and then combined the results into one metric they called "science literacy/numeracy." Participants were asked 8 science questions (the percentages are the percent of the 1540 who responded correctly):
86% •The center of the Earth is very hot? [true/false]
84% •All radioactivity is manmade? [true/false]
68% •Lasers work by focusing sound waves? [true/false]
62% •Electrons are smaller than atoms? [true/false]
72% •Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?
45% •How long does it take for the Earth to go around the Sun? [one day, one month, one year]
69% •It is the father’s gene that decides whether the baby is a boy or a girl?
68% •Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria? [true/false]
And then 14 math word problems to measure "numeracy" (I'm assuming there was some sort of figure for the 2 questions I underlined):
58% •Imagine that we roll a fair, sixsided die 1,000 times. (That would mean that we roll one die from a pair of dice.) Out of 1,000 rolls, how many times do you think the die would come up as an even number?
60% •In the BIG BUCKS LOTTERY, the chances of winning a $10.00 prize are 1%. What is your best guess about how many people would win a $10.00 prize if 1,000 people each buy a single ticket from BIG BUCKS?
28% •In the ACME PUBLISHING SWEEPSTAKES, the chance of winning a car is 1 in 1,000. What percent of tickets of ACME PUBLISHING SWEEPSTAKES win a car?
86% •
Which of the following numbers represents the biggest risk of getting a disease?
88% •
Which of the following numbers represents the biggest risk of getting a disease?
64% •If Person A’s risk of getting a disease is 1% in ten years, and Person B’s risk is double that of A’s, what is B’s risk?
21% •If Person A’s chance of getting a disease is 1 in 100 in ten years, and person B’s risk is double that of A, what is B’s risk?
If the chance of getting a disease is 10%, how many people would be expected to get the disease:
84% •A: Out of 100?
81% •B: Out of 1000?
72% •If the chance of getting a disease is 20 out of 100, this would be the same as having a __% chance of getting the disease.
48% •The chance of getting a viral infection is .0005. Out of 10,000 people, about how many of them are expected to get infected?
3% •Suppose you have a close friend who has a lump in her breast and must have a mammogram. Of 100 women like her, 10 of them actually have a malignant tumor and 90 of them do not. Of the 10 women who actually have a tumor, the mammogram indicates correctly that 9 of them have a tumor and indicates incorrectly that 1 of them does not have a tumor. Of the 90 women who do not have a tumor, the mammogram indicates correctly that 81 of them do not have a tumor and indicates incorrectly that 9 of them do have a tumor. The table below summarizes all of this information. Imagine that your friend tests positive (as if she had a tumor), what is the likelihood that she actually has a tumor?
12% •A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
27% •In a lake, there is a patch of lilypads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?
I'm not sure where Fox News got their 56% and 57% numbers. I didn't see that when reading the paper and the supplementary information (I simply could have missed it though).
http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journ...limate1547.pdf
http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journ...ate1547s1.pdf