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. Physics

    Advanced nuclear reactors need a different type of uranium. Here’s 4 things to know 

    The nuclear fuel of the future may be HALEU, high-assay low-enriched uranium. But questions about the material remain.

  2. Physics

    A black hole made from pure light is impossible, thanks to quantum physics 

    A “kugelblitz” is a black hole made of concentrated electromagnetic energy. But it’s not possible to make one, according to new calculations.

  3. Quantum Physics

    Physicists measured Earth’s rotation using quantum entanglement

    The experiment is a step toward testing how quantum physics interfaces with gravity.

  4. Particle Physics

    Scientists propose a hunt for never-before-seen ‘tauonium’ atoms 

    Made of heavy relatives of the electron, the exotic atoms could be used to test the theory of quantum electrodynamics.

  5. Quantum Physics

    Two real-world tests of quantum memories bring a quantum internet closer to reality

    Scientists successfully entangled quantum memories linked by telecommunications fibers across two different urban environments.

  6. Physics

    Here’s how ice may get so slippery 

    Ice’s weirdly slick exterior might originate from the boundaries between two different types of ice that form on the surface of frozen water.

  7. Particle Physics

    The neutrino’s quantum fuzziness is beginning to come into focus

    An experiment studying the neutrino’s “wave packet” sets a limit on the uncertainty of the subatomic particle’s position.

  8. Cosmology

    The universe may have a complex geometry — like a doughnut

    Physicists haven’t yet ruled out the possibility that the universe has a complicated topology in which space loops back around on itself.

  9. Physics

    Newfound ‘altermagnets’ shatter the magnetic status quo 

    The newly discovered type of magnetic material could improve existing tech, including making better and faster hard drives.

  10. Chemistry

    A new method of making diamonds doesn’t require extreme pressure 

    Lab-grown diamonds can form at atmospheric pressure in a liquid of gallium, iron, nickel and silicon.

  11. Physics

    Separating science fact from fiction in Netflix’s ‘3 Body Problem’ 

    Real science underpins much of the action in the show — along with a hefty dose of artistic liberty.

  12. Math

    Scientists find a naturally occurring molecule that forms a fractal

    The protein assembles itself into a repeating triangle pattern. The fractal seems to be an accident of evolution, scientists say.