Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Body positive Barbie, the chattiest state in America and the surprising truth about Earth's birth in this week's look at the web

1. Earth is Actually Two Planets Fused Together A new study conducted by UCLA researchers has uncovered an astonishing twist to the formation of Earth: it’s actually two planets fused together. Existing research had shown that a rogue planet, called Theia, had sideswiped Earth about 4.5 billion years ago, leading to the formation of the Moon. Now, scientists believe that two planets actually collided head …

Barbie’s New Body Shapes

For the first time in her 57-year history, Barbie will be given three new body shapes—petite, tall and curvy. Mattel, Barbie’s parent company, has updated the famous doll’s image to more realistically reflect the world of the doll’s young owners. “Yes, some people will say we are late to the game,” admits Evelyn Marzocco, the head of the Barbie brand. “But changes at a huge …