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New Studies Explore Public Attitudes About Science

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Science  28 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5304, pp. 1258
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5304.1258e

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SEATTLE—Where do people get their attitudes about science? The question has bedeviled any number of scientists, who have encountered incomprehension—even hostility—in their conversations with nonscientists. But new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science here is uncovering some answers—and some surprising differences among people from different nations.

See last week's issue (Science, 21 February, p.1060) for coverage of early sessions on global R&D funding and submarine vents.