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. gold ion collisions
    Physics

    Smashing gold ions creates most swirly fluid ever

    Collisions of gold ions create a fluid with more vorticity than any other known.

  2. supernova simulation
    Astronomy

    When a nearby star goes supernova, scientists will be ready

    Scientists hope to detect neutrinos and gravitational waves from a nearby supernova.

  3. five quasars
    Cosmology

    New data fuel debate on universe’s expansion rate

    Quasar observations add to discrepancy in measurements of the universe’s expansion speed.

  4. gamma-ray blazars
    Astronomy

    Five gamma-ray blazars set new distance record

    Intensely bright galaxies are the farthest blazars ever detected in gamma rays.

  5. NIST Center for Neutron Research
    Physics

    Physicists seek neutron lifetime’s secret

    Updated experiments hope to resolve neutron lifetime discrepancy.

  6. merging black hole simulation
    Astronomy

    Spin may reveal black hole history

    High rate of spin could indicate that black holes formed from previous mergers of black holes.

  7. Chandra telescope
    Physics

    Possible sign of dark matter shows up again

    Excess of X-rays could indicate decaying sterile neutrinos.

  8. hydrogen under pressure
    Physics

    New claim staked for metallic hydrogen

    Scientists report transforming hydrogen into a metal at high pressure, but some experts dispute the claim.

  9. microfluid device made of lego-like blocks
    Tech

    Legos inspire versatile fluid-filled devices

    Tiny devices shuttle fluid around using reconfigurable Lego-like bricks.

  10. microfluid device made of lego-like blocks
    Physics

    Construction of tiny, fluid-filled devices inspired by Legos

    Tiny devices shuttle fluid around using reconfigurable Lego-like bricks.

  11. gold nugget
    Physics

    Chemists strike gold, solve mystery about precious metal’s properties

    A longstanding puzzle about gold’s properties has been solved with more complex theoretical calculations.

  12. flame resistant fibers
    Materials Science

    New ‘smart’ fibers curb fires in lithium-ion batteries

    To stifle battery fires, scientists create component with heat-release flame retardant.