Topic: Alan Leshner
Backchannels Earthquake predictions and a triumph of scientific illiteracy in an Italian court (+video)
An Italian court sentenced scientists to jail time for not having a functioning crystal ball ahead of the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila. The arguments of science and reason fell on deaf ears.
Most people view scientists favorably, but the lack of scientific knowledge on controversial issues can impact policy decisions.
The share of Americans who see science as the nation's greatest achievement is down sharply, even as the public continues to hold scientists in high regard.