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. dice
    Computing

    New technique produces real randomness

    A new technique makes it easier for computers to roll the dice.

  2. Illustration of a cat with skeleton shadow
    Quantum Physics

    Schrödinger’s cat now dead and alive in two boxes at once

    The living-dead feline has been split in two, using a system of microwaves inside superconducting cavities.

  3. illustration of a clock and earth
    Physics

    The center of Earth is younger than the outer surface

    Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicts the center of the Earth is two years younger than the crust.

  4. Climate

    Zapping clouds with lasers could tweak planet’s temperature

    Breaking up the ice particles inside cirrus clouds could make them reflect more light, turning them into a tool to combat global warming.

  5. illustration of quasiparticle collider
    Quantum Physics

    Physicists smash particle imitators

    A new quasiparticle collider smashes together the faux-particles that appear in solid materials.

  6. illustration of particle collisions at LHC
    Particle Physics

    Large Hadron Collider starts its 2016 physics run

    Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider are taking data for the first time in 2016.

  7. Quantum Physics

    Communicating covertly goes quantum

    Researchers are working to make quantum messages that are undetectable.

  8. illustration of proton collision
    Particle Physics

    Theorists perplexed by hints of unexpected new particle

    Hints of a potential new particle at the LHC have scientists excited, and theoretical physicists are beginning to converge on explanations.

  9. Dwarf galaxy Reticulum II
    Cosmology

    Ancient dwarf galaxy was heavy-element factory

    A rare event in an ancient galaxy left traces of heavy elements in its stars.

  10. illustration of a black hole's accretion disk
    Cosmology

    How to make gravitational waves ‘sing’

    A rapidly spinning black hole would make a unique pattern of gravitational waves when it sucks in a smaller companion.

  11. gamma ray map
    Cosmology

    New sky map charts previously unknown gamma-ray sources

    A new map of the sky from the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory charts the cosmic origins of high-energy photons.

  12. Quantum Physics

    Information is physical, even in quantum systems, study suggests

    A thermodynamic principle says that deleting information generates heat, and now, scientists say that goes for quantum systems, too.