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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Large solar flare
    Physics

    The physics of solar flares could help scientists predict imminent outbursts

    Physicists aim to improve space weather predictions by studying the physical processes that spark a solar flare.

  9. Wormhole illustration
    Physics

    A black hole circling a wormhole would emit weird gravitational waves

    A new calculation reveals the strange gravitational waves LIGO and Virgo could see if a black hole were falling into a hypothetical tunnel in spacetime.

  10. Atacama Cosmology Telescope
    Cosmology

    Despite a new measurement, the debate over the universe’s expansion rages on

    The Atacama Cosmology Telescope finds the universe is expanding more slowly than supernova observations suggest.

  11. Physics

    The universe might have a fundamental clock that ticks very, very fast

    A theoretical study could help physicists searching for a theory of quantum gravity.

  12. braided rope
    Physics

    Physicists have ‘braided’ strange quasiparticles called anyons

    All known particles fall into two classes. Physicists just found new evidence of a third class in 2-D materials.