Rebecca Boyle is an award-winning freelance journalist in Saint Louis, Missouri. She is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and a frequent contributor at FiveThirtyEight. Rebecca is also a member of the group science blog The Last Word on Nothing. Her work regularly appears in Scientific AmericanNew Scientist, Aeon, Wired, Popular Science, and other publications, and has twice been anthologized in the Best American Science & Nature Writing.


If you asked Rebecca late at night to describe her work, this is what she would say: It’s a form of wayfinding. To orient yourself in the universe, you must try to understand what’s around you, and how it all works. As ever, the stars really help with this.

Rebecca was a 2013 journalism fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., a 2011 Ocean Science Journalism fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass., and a former Space Camp attendee.

A former newspaper reporter, Rebecca is mostly interested in astronomy, physics, deep time and climate change.

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