Science Policy

Harassment Leads to Loss of Talent, Innovation in Sciences

Participants at the 2016 American Astronomical Association meeting had signed a code of conduct that warned against sexual harassment. At the registration desk they also were met by a five-foot sign reminding them of the problem. Then at that very meeting an undergraduate student standing beside her research presentation was asked, “What’s attractive about this poster beside you?” (Read the full story)

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)