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. supernova Vela

    Exploding stars scattered traces of iron over Antarctic snow

    Researchers melted half a ton of snow to find just 10 atoms of a radioactive variety of iron.

  2. Milky Way

    A 3-D map of stars reveals the Milky Way’s warped shape

    Our galaxy flaunts its curves in a chart of thousands of stars called Cepheids.

  3. graphene friction

    Scientists seek materials that defy friction at the atomic level

    Scientists investigate superslippery materials and other unusual friction feats.

  4. expanding universe distance ladder

    Debate over the universe’s expansion rate may unravel physics. Is it a crisis?

    Measurements of the Hubble constant don’t line up. Scientists debate what that means.

  5. Particle Physics

    How a 2017 radioactive plume may be tied to Russia and nixed neutrino research

    A botched attempt at producing radioactive material needed for a neutrino experiment may have released ruthenium-106 to the atmosphere in 2017.

  6. physicist laser beryliium ion

    Increased control over ions’ motions may help improve quantum computers

    Scientists precisely manipulated the ion’s oscillations and energy levels, a key step toward building better quantum computers.

  7. supernova

    Scientists still can’t agree on the universe’s expansion rate

    A mismatch in measurements of how fast the universe is expanding might not be real, a study hints.

  8. an image of two diamonds
    Materials Science

    Latest claim of turning hydrogen into a metal may be the most solid yet

    If true, the study would complete a decades-long quest to find the elusive material. But such claims have been made prematurely many times before.

  9. Crab Nebula

    The highest-energy photons ever seen hail from the Crab Nebula

    An experiment in Tibet spotted photons with over 100 trillion electron volts of energy.

  10. wheat dew

    ‘Sneezing’ plants may spread pathogens to their neighbors

    A “surface tension catapult” can fling dewdrops carrying fungal spores from water-repellent leaves.

  11. diamond
    Particle Physics

    Diamond detectors could aid the search for dark matter

    Elusive dark matter particles could be spotted when they slam into electrons or atomic nuclei within diamond, scientists say.

  12. pentaquark illustration
    Particle Physics

    Physicists have finally figured out how pentaquarks are built

    The particles are made of up two smaller particles, stuck together like atoms in a molecule.