Mar 20, 2019

The number of people who are skeptical about science increased 3 points from last year

Katie Couric is holding an event Wednesday to promote 3M's second annual "State of Science Index Survey," which found that the number of people who are skeptical about science actually increased 3 points from last year, to 35%.

  • At a time when science is under attack from the White House, Couric told Axios in an interview: "We need to talk about really important stories in a non-political way."
  • Couric —who has turned to digital with her new Katie Couric Media and a newsletter, "Wake-Up Call" — said it's important to "make people feel more confidence in science — trusting of scientists and appreciative of all they do."

The survey found that people "are more likely to care about science when they know what it will eventually do."

  • The study, which included 14 countries, said 85% of people around the world admit they know little to nothing about science.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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