(NEWSER) – To put the brightest possible spin on this story is to say that three-quarters of Americans are fully aware that the Earth revolves around the sun. The downside, of course, is that means 1 in 4 are in the dark about what Discovery calls "probably the most basic question in science." The National Science Foundation asked that question and nine others of 2,200 Americans, with the average score on the quiz coming in at 6.5, reports Phys.org.
Some other results noted by NPR:
- 39% answered correctly that "the universe began with a huge explosion"
- Fewer than half—48%—agreed that "human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals"