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. expanding universe distance ladder
    Cosmology

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. physicist laser beryliium ion
    Physics

    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.

  4. supernova
    Cosmology

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Crab Nebula
    Astronomy

    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.

  7. wheat dew
    Life

    ‘Sneezing’ plants may spread pathogens to their neighbors

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Kibble balance
    Physics

    This tabletop device turns the quantum definition of a kilogram into a real mass

    The mini Kibble balance will measure 10 grams to an accuracy of a few ten-thousandths of a percent.

  11. black hole
    Physics

    In a first, scientists took the temperature of a sonic black hole

    A lab-made black hole that traps sound, not light, emits radiation at a certain temperature, as Stephen Hawking first predicted.

  12. Riemann zeta function
    Math

    Mathematicians report possible progress on proving the Riemann hypothesis

    A new study advances one strategy in the quest to solve the notoriously difficult problem, which is still stumping researchers after 160 years.