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. coated thermal material
    Materials Science

    This material could camouflage objects from infrared cameras

    A coating of samarium nickel oxide counteracts hotter objects’ tendency for brighter thermal radiation.

  2. knot
    Math

    Color-changing fibers help reveal mysteries of how knots work

    Experiments with colorful fibers helped scientists discover a few simple rules behind knots’ varying strengths.

  3. dolphin
    Life

    Fluid dynamics may help drones capture a dolphin’s breath in midair

    High-speed footage of dolphin spray reveals that droplets blast upward at speeds approaching 100 kilometers per hour.

  4. Sycamore
    Quantum Physics

    Google claimed quantum supremacy in 2019 — and sparked controversy

    Google’s quantum computer outperformed the most powerful supercomputer on a task, the company reported. But some scientists aren’t fully convinced.

  5. electromagnetic waves illustration
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum jitter lets heat travel across a vacuum

    In a first, scientists observed tiny, vibrating membranes exchanging heat due to quantum fluctuations.

  6. protoplanetary disk
    Space

    Electric charges on dust grains may help explain how planets are born

    In an experiment, glass beads clung together like protoplanetary dust particles when shaken and flung more than 100 meters skyward.

  7. time crystals
    Quantum Physics

    A new, theoretical type of time crystal could run without outside help

    The idea tiptoes closer to the original concept of time crystals, first proposed in 2012.

  8. T2K experiment
    Physics

    Mounting evidence suggests neutrinos are key to why antimatter is rare

    The source of matter’s dominance over antimatter might be revealed by the tiny subatomic particles.

  9. lead
    Materials Science

    Lead becomes stronger than steel under extreme pressures

    Lead is a soft metal, easily scratched with a fingernail. But that changes dramatically when the metal is compressed under high pressures.

  10. Google quantum chip
    Quantum Physics

    Google officially lays claim to quantum supremacy

    The quantum computer Sycamore reportedly performed a calculation that even the most powerful supercomputers available can’t reproduce.

  11. wave
    Physics

    Physicists have found quasiparticles that mimic hypothetical dark matter axions

    These subatomic particles could make up dark matter in the cosmos. A mathematically similar phenomenon occurs in a solid material.

  12. fibers
    Materials Science

    A new cooling technique relies on untwisting coiled fibers

    A “twist fridge” operates via twistocaloric cooling, a technique that generates cooling by unraveling twisted strands.