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. 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.

  2. braided rope

    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.

  3. Paradise tree snake

    Here’s how flying snakes stay aloft

    High-speed cameras show that paradise tree snakes keep from tumbling as they glide through the sky by undulating their bodies.

  4. Black hole light collision illustration

    Colliding black holes may have created a surprising flare of light

    A flare-up after a gravitational wave outburst may be the first sighting of light from colliding black holes.

  5. inside the Borexino detector
    Particle Physics

    Physicists spot a new class of neutrinos from the sun

    Researchers with the Borexino experiment in Italy have detected neutrinos produced in the secondary fusion process taking place in the sun’s core.

  6. Quantum computing illustration
    Quantum Physics

    To live up to the hype, quantum computers must repair their error problems

    Before quantum computers can reach their potential, scientists will need to master quantum error correction.

  7. XENON1T experiment
    Particle Physics

    An unexpected result from a dark matter experiment may signal new particles

    An excess of events spotted in the XENON1T experiment could be signs of solar axions or weird, new properties of neutrinos, but not dark matter itself.

  8. MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury
    Particle Physics

    Measuring the neutron’s lifetime from space could solve an enduring mystery

    Measurements on Earth show that lone neutrons decay after about 15 minutes, and now scientists have measured that lifetime from space.

  9. International Space Station
    Quantum Physics

    This weird quantum state of matter was made in orbit for the first time

    Bose-Einstein condensates made on the International Space Station could reach temperatures lower than any known in the universe.

  10. Fermi bubble illustration

    The Milky Way’s giant gas bubbles were seen in visible light for the first time

    Variation in the light’s wavelengths could help scientists map the velocity of the gas that makes up the towering structures known as Fermi bubbles.

  11. Supernova with fast outflow of material

    A weird cosmic flare called the ‘Cow’ now has company

    Scientists have now found three similar luminous, short-lived bursts of light, part of a class known as fast blue optical transients.

  12. Black hole ripping star apart illustration

    A star shredded by a black hole may have spit out an extremely energetic neutrino

    A star’s fatal encounter with a black hole might have produced a neutrino with oomph.