Physics writer Emily Conover joined Science News in 2016. She has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago, where she studied the weird ways of neutrinos, tiny elementary particles that can zip straight through the Earth. She got her first taste of science writing as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She has previously written for Science Magazine and the American Physical Society. She is a two-time winner of the D.C. Science Writers’ Association Newsbrief award.

All Stories by Emily Conover

  1. Maryam Mirzakhani and Shakuntala Devi
    Math

    A documentary and a Bollywood film highlight two disparate paths in mathematics

    An unlikely pair of films recount tales of two very different mathematical women, Maryam Mirzakhani and Shakuntala Devi.

  2. two diamonds squeezing superconductor material
    Physics

    The first room-temperature superconductor has finally been found

    A compound of carbon, hydrogen and sulfur conducts electricity without resistance up to 15° C, but there’s a catch: It works only under high pressure.

  3. sound wave
    Physics

    Fundamental constants place a new speed limit on sound

    Physicists propose a new maximum rate that sound waves can travel under conditions normally found on Earth — 36 kilometers per second.

  4. black hole (illustrated)
    Physics

    Black hole revelations win the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics

    The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to a trio of scientists for their work on the most mysterious objects in the universe: black holes.

  5. water molecule illustration
    Physics

    A stop-motion experiment reveals supercooled water’s dual nature

    Scientists found signs that water cooled well below freezing consists of two different arrangements of molecules.

  6. Colliding black hole illustration
    Physics

    Record-breaking gravitational waves reveal that midsize black holes do exist

    The biggest merger of two black holes so far raises questions about how the pair of objects came to be.

  7. positronium with an electron in blue and a positron in red
    Quantum Physics

    A measurement of positronium’s energy levels confounds scientists

    A gap in the energy levels of positronium seems to be substantially larger than predicted, and physicists don’t know why.

  8. blue whirl flame
    Physics

    Four types of flames join forces to make this eerie ‘blue whirl’

    Pinning down the structure of the “amazingly complex” blaze could help scientists control it.

  9. sky survey of universe's matter clumps
    Cosmology

    Scientists can’t agree on how clumpy the universe is

    A measurement of 21 million galaxies finds a level of clumpiness that disagrees with estimates based on the oldest light in the universe.

  10. ice cube
    Physics

    A new experiment hints at how hot water can freeze faster than cold

    A study of tiny glass beads suggests that the Mpemba effect is real.

  11. Protest at Mauna Kea in 2019
    Astronomy

    50 years ago, Mauna Kea opened for astronomy. Controversy continues

    Current plans to build a new telescope on the volcano sparked the latest conflict.

  12. illustration of the Big Rip
    Cosmology

    ‘The End of Everything’ explores the ways the universe could perish

    As Katie Mack explains in The End of Everything, the universe’s demise could be disastrously violent or deadly calm.