Rebecca Boyle, InsideScience - ISNS

Rebecca Boyle

InsideScience - ISNS

St. Louis, MO, United States

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Past articles by Rebecca:

Thousand-Year-Old Furnace in Cambodia Shows How Earth's Magnetic Field Shifts

(Inside Science) -- Earth’s ancient inner stirrings are recorded in the detritus of a once glorious southeastern Asian empire. → Read More

Lonely Pair of Mystifying Space Objects Found Traversing the Void

(Inside Science) -- Pluto is not a planet, according to the vast majority of astronomers. While it orbits the Sun and is mostly round, it does not orbit alone, instead traversing the solar system accompanied by several moons, including a companion almost half its size. This is the main reason for its demotion in 2006. → Read More

Spacecraft's Tumbling Landing Reveals Some of Comet's Surface is Like Cappuccino Foam

(Inside Science) -- Laurence O’Rourke can close his eyes and picture himself on the vertiginous, black-and-white landscape of a comet. He has studied so many thousands of photos from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko that he can easily place himself between its boulders, on its cliffs and along its plains. Now he can also imagine what it would feel like to walk there: like stepping onto fresh snow… → Read More

7 elements we might mine on the moon

Lunar exploration started as an adventure, now prospectors also see dollar signs in that smiling cheese. Here are seven things they might find when they get there. → Read More

The elements we might mine on the moon

Lunar exploration started as an adventure, now prospectors also see dollar signs in that smiling cheese. Here are 7 things they might find when they get there. → Read More

Finding Out How Boa Constrictors Kill (It's Not How You Think)

They constrict blood flow, not oxygen. → Read More

Giant Cave Spider Discovered in Oregon

Oregon is not a safe place for arachnophobes, with at least 500 species of spiders known to inhabit forests, rotten logs and other dwellings. And now there's this guy. → Read More

How Ancient Spiders Weaponized An Arachnid Version of Insulin

Aiming to build better drugs, scientists unravel a toxin's past. → Read More

The Search for Alien Life Begins in Earth’s Oldest Desert

In the Martian landscape that is the Atacama desert, astrobiologists are learning how to recognize extraterrestrial organisms. → Read More

NASA Is Trying To Save Us From The Sun

It was a dark and stormy morning in the Caribbean. As Sept. 6, 2017, dawned, Category 5 Hurricane Irma was barreling westward, en route to Barbuda, St. Martin, … → Read More

Space Communications Are Stuck In The Dial-Up Age. Which Means It’s Time For More Lasers.

In space, no one can hear you scream — because sound doesn’t travel in a vacuum, but also because you would need some sort of radio relay to carry the message, … → Read More

A Scheme to End the World’s Worst Acid Trip

This geoengineering idea is potentially risky and largely untested, but it does work—theoretically. → Read More

What Stephen Hawking Taught Me

How could someone write a history of time? And how could that person possibly make it brief? Time is a dimension; it is the fabric of reality. Writing a history of time would be like trying to write a history of up, or the history of green. → Read More

Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?

Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single swoop. The… → Read More

Trump’s Nominee For NASA Chief Could Remake The Agency

Before Rep. Jim Bridenstine was nominated to lead NASA, he already had unorthodox ideas about what it should do. In 2016, as one of Oklahoma’s congressmen, he p… → Read More

Goodbye, Saturn — It Was Nice Seeing You

Just six months after the Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn, its cameras caught something spectacular. It was Jan. 16, 2005, and Cassini was zipping past Enc… → Read More

Now Stare Directly At This Eclipse Story

After weeks of anticipation — and writing about it! — the total solar eclipse finally arrived in the U.S. FiveThirtyEight staff were fanned out across the cou… → Read More

Eclipses in America: A History of the Nation in the Shadows

The nation’s dogged attempts to chase eclipses follow its own haphazard maturation. → Read More

Offbeat Ways to Enjoy the Total Eclipse

Readers plan to take in the eclipse using psychedelic drugs, boat trips, and other diversions. → Read More

A Family Vacation to See the Eclipse

For some people, the rare occasions when the moon moves in front of the sun are a great reason to take a trip. To reach recent eclipses, “umbraphiles”—the nickname for eclipse chasers, who follow the umbra, the shadow of the moon—have traveled to far-off destinations like Svalbard, Norway; Singapore; and Japan. But this year, everyone traveling to the 70-mile-wide path of totality is coming to… → Read More