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. image of an everlasting bubble

    An ‘everlasting’ bubble endured more than a year without popping

    One of the bubbles, made with water, glycerol and microparticles, lasted 465 days before popping.

  2. Launch of Atlantis space shuttle

    50 years ago, NASA’s space shuttle program got the green light

    For over 30 years, space shuttles helped revolutionize science. Now, NASA is tackling new frontiers with help from commercial spaceflight companies.

  3. illustration of a red supergiant

    An early outburst portends a star’s imminent death

    An eruption before a stellar explosion was the first early warning sign for a standard type of supernova.

  4. image of two red spheres warping a black and white spacetime grid
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum particles can feel the influence of gravitational fields they never touch

    A quantum phenomenon predicted in 1959, the Aharonov-Bohm effect, also applies to gravity.

  5. image of an electromagnetic device

    Antiprotons show no hint of unexpected matter-antimatter differences

    The ratio of electric charge to mass for protons mirrors that of their antimatter counterparts.

  6. physicist Yali Mao working with highly technical physics apparatus
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum physics requires imaginary numbers to explain reality

    Quantum theory based only on real numbers fails to explain the results of two new experiments.

  7. illustration of two blue pulsars emitting yellow beams of radiation

    The only known pulsar duo sheds new light on general relativity and more

    Einstein was right, among other insights gleaned from watching a one-of-a-kind system of two pulsating dead stars for 16 years.

  8. CT scan image of a head and neck where some tissues and veins appear red
    Health & Medicine

    For 50 years, CT scans have saved lives, revealed beauty and more

    In 1971, the first CT scan of a patient laid bare the human brain. That was just the beginning of a whole new way to view human anatomy.

  9. a hand holding a thin green wire at the end of which is a bright light, surrounded by scientific apparatus
    Quantum Physics

    Physicists have coaxed ultracold atoms into an elusive form of quantum matter

    Quantum spin liquids could be used to help protect fragile information in quantum computers.

  10. a dense cloud of atoms, illustrated as blue spheres, with light waves bouncing off them
    Quantum Physics

    Scientists finally detected a quantum effect that blocks atoms from scattering light

    When all available quantum states are full, atoms can’t scatter light, thanks to the Pauli exclusion principle, new experiments show.

  11. image of a hand snapping on a yellow backdrop

    New high-speed video reveals the physics of a finger snap

    Inspired by the infamous snap of the Avengers rival Thanos, scientists set out to investigate the physics behind finger snapping.

  12. particle accelerator at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
    Particle Physics

    A new particle accelerator aims to unlock secrets of bizarre atomic nuclei

    The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will help scientists unlock the inner workings of atomic nuclei and explore how elements formed in the cosmos.