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Dak Man
9th Sep 2013, 23:30
Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz - Composing about 78 percent of the air at sea level, what is the most common gas in the Earth's atmosphere? - CSMonitor.com (http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2011/1209/Are-you-scientifically-literate-Take-our-quiz/Composing-about-78-percent-of-the-air-at-sea-level-what-is-the-most-common-gas-in-the-Earth-s-atmosphere)

Bit of fun, I got 80%, bit weak on the biology questions.

seanbean
9th Sep 2013, 23:50
72% - but I did a lot better the second time...

ExSp33db1rd
10th Sep 2013, 00:08
Swots !

( not telling you ! )

Sprite
10th Sep 2013, 00:16
88% - good quiz, requires broad knowledge.

lomapaseo
10th Sep 2013, 01:15
I did OK on guessing I got 44% which considering there were 4 multiple choices per question indicates a modicum of useless knowledge.

I probably could do better if a gurgled them.

alisoncc
10th Sep 2013, 01:42
Not bad for early morning, haven't quite woken up yet.

http://users.on.net/~alisoncc/myscore.jpg

Given that in all probability only intelligent people are likely to take the test, reckon 70 is not bad. Thickies won't bother.

localflighteast
10th Sep 2013, 01:44
100%
And no I didn't cheat

Ralis
10th Sep 2013, 03:35
http://www.csmonitor.com/extension/csm_base/design/csm_design/images/csmlogo_179x46.gif (http://www.csmonitor.com/)

Contradiction in terms?

dubbleyew eight
10th Sep 2013, 03:54
76% off the cuff. just a silly old bugger:E

ExSp33db1rd
10th Sep 2013, 04:22
100%
And no I didn't cheat

First or second time ??

I'll believe you.

Ka6crpe
10th Sep 2013, 04:29
88%. But I consider it more a test of scientific general knowledge rather than scientific litteracy. Makes me wonder about the scientific litteracy of the authors if they don't know the difference.

belfrybat
10th Sep 2013, 04:44
That's one annoying quiz. Slow as molasses and designed to maximize banner displays. 90%.

Vercingetorix
10th Sep 2013, 05:28
I think that I will stick with literature!

probes
10th Sep 2013, 06:37
Me, too - couldn't even complete it because it's so slow on my vintage :(. Well, normal for a normal person probably, let's be honest.
I'll continue in the evening, though, as it's really interesting, so thanks, Dak Man!

Capetonian
10th Sep 2013, 06:40
56% but I never had much interest in science beyond the basics. Some of my correct answers were things I remembered from school, some are just general knowledge.

compressor stall
10th Sep 2013, 06:44
I don't think the Cristian Science Monitor is the best organization to judge scientific literacy.

Krystal n chips
10th Sep 2013, 06:50
" rather than scientific litteracy. Makes me wonder about the scientific litteracy of the authors if they don't know the difference"

Indeed !

Interesting name by the way....purely the CR...or the E :ok: as well ?

Capetonian
10th Sep 2013, 07:35
I have just been looking through the information pack provided to my son who is about to move into University Residence.

I found this gem referring to the use of kitchen equipment, specifically the kettle. Maybe we are becoming scientifically illiterate if this has to be pointed out :

Health and safety important

Do not put your hand in the steam as this is very
hot

727gm
10th Sep 2013, 08:03
Thanks... that was fun.... managed 90%, but with an engineering background, i had better.... :)

B Fraser
10th Sep 2013, 08:08
100%

To be honest, it's a pub quiz but fun nevertheless. That said, most pub quizzes (sp ?) don't give you the answer in the question ..... as was the case in question 9.

Edit

I'm not sure it was a science quiz as there were questions about chemistry :E

Blacksheep
10th Sep 2013, 08:13
I stopped at question 2 when I realised it was an advertising agents I.P. phishing exercise. When a web page is that slow to load there's bound to be something nasty hiding in the code.

500N
10th Sep 2013, 08:15
"I stopped at question 2 when I realised it was an advertising
agents I.P. phishing exercise."

+ 1

UniFoxOs
10th Sep 2013, 09:09
82%

Hope none of the pilots got No 26 wrong!

(Bernoulli principle)


UFO

Groundgripper
10th Sep 2013, 09:25
I got 47 out of 50 (94%) but then couldn't get a rating because I hadn't let NoScript allow CSM:mad::mad::mad:

I was congratulating myself for not getting pestered by any advertising!:ugh:

GG

alisoncc
10th Sep 2013, 09:56
I normally disable the Shockwave Flash add-on in Mozilla, so saw no adverts at all. Reason for the disable, hate adverts in newspapers moving around when I am trying to read an article.

Cacophonix
10th Sep 2013, 10:00
I obtained a meagre 76%. I am in awe of the 80 + percents. ;)

It was a fun quiz...

Caco

Mallan
10th Sep 2013, 10:09
I must be the dunce in the group. That said I never did any science at school, so 42% ain't three bad.

ExSp33db1rd
10th Sep 2013, 10:37
Hope none of the pilots got No 26 wrong!

(Bernoulli principle)

That was the one I got right !

Cacophonix
10th Sep 2013, 10:42
From a flying perspective the quiz should have a question on the Coanda effect and Newton's 3rd law...

Maybe JB should have a standing pilot's quiz... I imagine the rivalry and rows would be superb...

Caco

tony draper
10th Sep 2013, 11:07
Got to 35 % without a wrong answer then the page froze and refused to load the next one,buggad if I'm going to start it again, these survey type thingies have way too many questions,they should be able to ascertain if one is a complete dolt with half a dozen.
:rolleyes:

dubbleyew eight
10th Sep 2013, 11:09
they should be able to ascertain if one is a complete dolt with half a dozen.

...well they do. then they freeze up just to see if you've realised that they realise.:E

localflighteast
10th Sep 2013, 13:05
Exsp33db1rd
First time
But as I used to teach science, anything less would have been unforgivable

KAG
10th Sep 2013, 13:19
But as I used to teach scienceIt seems like a valuable job, teacher. May I ask out of curiosity why you don't teach science anymore?

Oceanz
10th Sep 2013, 13:44
64% at 1.5 bottles of tempranillo, so a worthy effort :E

rgbrock1
10th Sep 2013, 13:45
I took the quiz. And failed miserably. (I won't post my score out of shear embarrassment. ) Oh well, back to my real love: history. F**k science. :}

dubbleyew eight
10th Sep 2013, 13:49
the age of the earth questions were truely surprising coming from a nuts american christian group.

god I hate that online edit chequer. if I write nutso I mean nutso!

rgbrock1
10th Sep 2013, 13:55
Why do you say the Christian Science Monitor is a "nuts American Christian group" when it's an international news organization?

Granted, it was founded by Mary Baker Eddy who was the founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist, but that was many moons ago. And the Church of Christ Scientist is not nearly as "nutty" as some of the other flavors of the Christian religion alive and well in this country i.e., the U.S.

Cacophonix
10th Sep 2013, 14:04
Christian Science Monitor

A solid online newspaper with more balance than some other US publications. Well worth a read...

Caco

OFSO
10th Sep 2013, 14:07
Slow as molasses and designed to maximize banner displays

Slow on all my OS: XP, 7...browsers IE, firefox etc.

Yup, just designed to make you watch adverts telling you how slow your OS is and that your PC needs a clean. And Thai girls of course, looking for a husband.

rgbrock1
10th Sep 2013, 14:15
Caco:

I agree. CSM is one of the only on-lines sources I know of which attempts to present news, and items of interest, in an unbiased and factual manner. And there is no stench of politics involved in their reporting i.e., they tell it like it is. CSM is one of the few Internet resources I read on a daily basis. Granted, some of their editorials have a Christian-bias to them but that's to be expected.

RJM
10th Sep 2013, 14:34
76%, same as Caco. I'm glad I learnt the periodic table by heart at school!

localflighteast
10th Sep 2013, 15:08
KAG
Short answer is that I moved to a country that doesn't recognize either my qualifications or 10+ years experience
Other answer is that UK education system left me a burnt out wreck after 10 years

vulcanised
10th Sep 2013, 15:23
Nice to see Mr Oceanz back !

er340790
10th Sep 2013, 15:35
60%. Though to be honest, taking Latin 'O' Level helped make up for not taking Physics, Chemistry or Biology!

On that one near the end about the suffix Nimbus, I'm pretty sure nimbus means Dark or Black, as in cumulo-nimbus... Precipitating!!!???!!! :mad:

Lonewolf_50
10th Sep 2013, 15:44
That's one annoying quiz. Slow as molasses and designed to maximize banner displays. 90%.
Why not ask the questions, then provide answers only for those one gets wrong? Stupid CSM quiz designer.
48/50. Guessed twice, both wrong. 96%.

fenland787
10th Sep 2013, 16:14
I gave up at #2 when Firefox threw a wobbler and NAV kicked in.

Windows Explorer then crashed and XP wouldn't shut down either.

Not sure, could be coincidence or there may be something dodgy on that website?

rgbrock1
10th Sep 2013, 16:21
fenland wrote:

Windows Explorer then crashed and XP wouldn't shut down either.

Not sure, could be coincidence or there may be something dodgy with that operating system?

There. I fixed it for you! (Hint: Linux is your friend!!!!)

ShyTorque
10th Sep 2013, 16:26
:mad: WARNING!! :mad:

I tried the quiz on my Android phone. After Q2 something unpleasant began downloading - a porn site access site, which locked up the phone until it had finished installing. It got past AVG, which didn't detect it as malware. I had to download another app to remove it.

Not very :mad: funny!

RJM
10th Sep 2013, 17:16
Hmm. I got nothing but a straight quiz, on an iPad.

Dak Man
10th Sep 2013, 17:25
Apologies for anyone that has had issues with it, I had none in terms of the site etc, all worked tickety boo. :confused:

fenland787
10th Sep 2013, 17:37
or there may be something dodgy with that operating system? Thanks for the prompt fix and my apologies for the omission, I assumed that would be taken as read, XP is Micro$oft Windoze after all!

Linux is indeed my friend, all my servers and all my NAS and some of the embedded systems run it, sadly however, all the CAD* I need just ain't available for Linux so most of my workstations are flavors of Windoze.

* with the exception of ARES Commander - not a half bad cross-platform 2D AutoCAD substitute.

Rwy in Sight
10th Sep 2013, 17:49
64% and I was a bad student at High School. Up to the question 45 I was good and then it went downhill. All the astronomy questions were practical a disaster. I should have a friend of my father who is astrophysics to answer for me.

Rwy In Sight

rgbrock1
10th Sep 2013, 17:50
fenland:

Interesting to see someone running CAD applications on a MicroSnot operating system as that's usually reserved for Apple's OS. (One of their several niche markets.)

vulcanised
10th Sep 2013, 17:51
XP is Micro$oft Windoze after all!


Just the mere mention of XP means that mixture will be along to give you a slap.

rgbrock1
10th Sep 2013, 17:56
64% Rwy? Count your lucky stars as you beat my mark by a large margin! Then again History was, and always will be, my subject of choice!

fenland787
10th Sep 2013, 18:49
CAD applications on a MicroSnot operating system as that's usually reserved for Apple's OS. Interestingly, not in my world of electronic engineering, it's pretty much exclusively Windows. For instance, most mech stuff is done in Solidworks, PCB CAD and schematic capture is typically Altera or Cadence and vast numbers of the tools and IDEs for FPGAs, DSPs, ARM and PIC processors are only available for the MS platform along with CANBus analysers, JTAG loaders and so on and so on. I suspect there is marginally more support for Linux than Apple actually but still nothing like enough to make the change viable - yet!
The snag is it really does have to be all or nothing, I use several of the above in the working day so it all has to exist on the same machine....sigh...but one day???

rgbrock1
10th Sep 2013, 19:01
fenland wrote:

For instance, most mech stuff is done in Solidworks, PCB CAD and schematic capture is typically Altera or Cadence and vast numbers of the tools and IDEs for FPGAs, DSPs, ARM and PIC processors are only available for the MS platform along with CANBus analysers, JTAG loaders and so on and so on

And upon reading the above, rgbrock1's brain suddenly burst into flames i.e., a spontaneous combustion of the gray matter.

fenland787
10th Sep 2013, 19:15
i.e., a spontaneous combustion of the gray matter Yeah, fried brain? Congratulations! Now you too can be an electronics engineer! All those desires to get out more are gone, MS products seem really cool and true happiness is a box that comes in under the target weight, a well laid-out circuit board and a DO160 EMC pass.......... Aghhhh! Where did my life go?

rgbrock1
10th Sep 2013, 19:41
fenland:

I'm a systems engineer so I'm well versed in the occasion of spontaneous brain combustion!!!! :ok::}:eek::E

radeng
10th Sep 2013, 21:45
Biology and meteorology let me down. Plus pressing the 'down' key on the computer to get to the 'next' button changed one of my answers. So - 80% when correcting for that.

Trouble is, I haven't studied biology (well, except human female anatomy!) for over 50 years. Many of the questions related to things that hadn't been discovered then, plus I learnt the CGS system and changing to MKS isn't always that easy.

denachtenmai
11th Sep 2013, 09:42
Guessed a couple, and put my score of 82% down to a voracious appetite for reading,and schooldays where you actually learned things :ooh:
Regards, Den.

Fitter2
11th Sep 2013, 10:09
96% - confused meiosis and mitosis, long time since I did OU basic biology. And naming obscure astronomical objects is not exactly science.

Dak Man
11th Sep 2013, 13:22
Many yeas ago I learned a very valuable lesson, re-enforced by this quiz.

If in doubt, pick C.

cattletruck
11th Sep 2013, 13:23
Not a fan of internet tests, but came across this 4D puzzle at ALDI supermarkets for $2.99, see 4D MASTER (http://www.famemaster.com/product_detail-pid-42-id-113)


http://www.famemaster.com/uploads/product/113/4d-puzzle-space-explorers-command-module-rocket-26371photo.jpg

It doesn't give you a score, but one can have a lot more fun challenging the brain in putting it together.