We have an astonishing capacity to accept scientific-sounding concepts that aren't actually true, whether we pick them up from TV shows or dubious Web sites, or simply get facts from our high-school physics or biology twisted up. Test your ability to differentiate between real science and bad science with this quiz.
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True or false: Scientists have proven that childhood vaccines cause autism.
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True or false: Non-avian dinosaurs and humans lived on Earth at the same time.
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True or false: You lose most of your body heat through your head.
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True or false: A scientific theory is really just speculation without hard evidence.
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As Christopher Columbus left to sail the ocean blue, did everyone believe the world was flat?
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Does lightning ever strike in the same place twice?
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What color is your brain?
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What color is the blood inside your veins?
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Should you throw away food that you drop on the floor?
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Can brain cells regenerate?
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What is the difference between a hypothesis and a theory?
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Did humans evolve from the ape species we have today?
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True or false: If an experiment has an error in it, that means it's worthless.
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Is the Great Wall of China visible from space?
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If a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building hit a person on the ground, what would happen?
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True or false: Astronauts are weightless when they orbit Earth.
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After hair is shaved, what happens when it grows back?
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When a tornado is coming, what should you do to your house?
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Was the ancient Maya civilization destroyed by climate change?
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What is the Many Worlds Interpretation?
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True or false: A gluten-free diet is more nutritious.
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True or false: Humans burning fossil fuels doesn’t actually increase the amount of carbon on Earth.
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If you're standing at the equator, do you move faster or slower than someone to the north or south?
Question 24 of 35
Stars twinkle because:
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What is the brightest star in the sky?
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What causes the seasons?
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Diamonds are formed from what substance?
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What percent of your brain do you actually use?
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Antarctica's ice sheet is changing in what way?
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When plastic trash is thrown into the ocean, what happens to it?
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What influences the direction of a toilet flushing?
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True or false: The Moon has a dark side.
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True or false: The hole in the ozone and global warming are two completely different things.
Question 34 of 35
Your intelligence is a factor of brain weight.
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