Science Policy

Precariously Balanced Rocks Suggest San Jacinto, San Andreas May Have Ruptured Together

Stacked in gravity-defying arrangements in the western San Bernardino Mountains, granite boulders that should have been toppled long ago by earthquakes are maintaining a stubborn if precarious balance. In puzzling out why these rocks still stand, researchers have uncovered connections between Southern California’s San Jacinto and San Andreas faults that could change how the region plans for future earthquakes. (Read the full story)

Religious, science groups less combative than commonly portrayed

CHICAGO — One of the largest surveys of American views on religion and science suggests that the religious and scientific communities may be less combative than is commonly portrayed in the media and in politics.

Only 27 percent of those surveyed said that they viewed science and religion as being in conflict with each other, with about equal percentages of those people “siding with either religion or science.” (Read the full story)