Rebecca Boyle

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Fossil Discoveries Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

A series of fossil finds suggests that life on Earth started earlier than anyone thought, calling into question a widely held theory of the solar system’s beginnings.

planetary science

What Made the Moon? New Ideas Try to Rescue a Troubled Theory

Textbooks say that the moon was formed after a Mars-size mass smashed the young Earth. But new evidence has cast doubt on that story, leaving researchers to dream up new ways to get a giant rock into orbit.

About the author

Rebecca Boyle is a science journalist based in St. Louis. She is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a contributor at FiveThirtyEight, and her work frequently appears in New Scientist, Popular Science, NBC, and several other publications for adults and kids.