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. laser blast in a nuclear fusion experiment
    Physics

    With a powerful laser blast, scientists near a nuclear fusion milestone

    A National Ignition Facility experiment spawned nuclear fusion reactions that released nearly as much energy as was used to ignite them.

  2. a row of windmills in Taiwan
    Physics

    Windbreaks, surprisingly, could help wind farms boost power output

    Wind farm performance could be improved by 10 percent by using low barriers to increase the wind speed directed at the turbines, simulations suggest.

  3. STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laborator
    Physics

    Colliding photons were spotted making matter. But are the photons ‘real’?

    Smashups of particles of light creating electrons and positrons could demonstrate the physics of Einstein’s equation E=mc2.

  4. black and white image of swirls that represent subatomic particles
    Particle Physics

    How particle detectors capture matter’s hidden, beautiful reality

    Old and new detectors trace the whirling paths of subatomic particles.

  5. illustration of gravitational waves forming around two black holes spiraling around one another
    Physics

    A bounty of potential gravitational wave events hints at exciting possibilities

    Of about 1,200 possible events, most are probably false alarms, but some could be ripples in spacetime that are especially hard to spot.

  6. simulation of a black hole's magnetic field
    Physics

    Black holes born with magnetic fields quickly shed them

    New computer simulations show one way that black holes might discard their magnetic fields.

  7. microscope image of a thread of ice
    Materials Science

    These weird, thin ice crystals are springy and bendy

    Specially grown fibers of frozen water bend into curves and spring back when released.

  8. electron-capture supernova, shown as white dot, in space
    Astronomy

    Scientists spotted an electron-capture supernova for the first time

    A flare that appeared in the sky in 2018 was an electron-capture supernova, a blast that can occur in stars too small to go off the usual way.

  9. illustration of a newfound white dwarf star
    Astronomy

    This moon-sized white dwarf is the smallest ever found

    A newfound white dwarf is the smallest and perhaps the most massive known, and spins around once every seven minutes.

  10. illustration of a black hole merging with a neutron star
    Physics

    Gravitational waves reveal the first known mergers of a black hole and neutron star

    For the first time, LIGO and Virgo have detected long-anticipated gravitational waves from a black hole merging with a neutron star.

  11. European robin on a branch
    Animals

    A proposed ‘quantum compass’ for songbirds just got more plausible

    Quantum physics could be behind birds’ magnetic sense of direction, new measurements indicate.

  12. illustration of the milky way galaxy
    Physics

    Dark matter may slow the rotation of the Milky Way’s central bar of stars

    A method akin to studying a tree’s rings revealed the history of a slowdown of the rotating bar of stars at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy.