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. heat engines
    Physics

    Itty bitty engine puts a single atom to work

    Scientists have created a miniature heat engine out of a single atom.

  2. someone playing the Quantum Moves game
    Quantum Physics

    Gamers outperform computer at quantum task

    Quantum mechanics may be weird, but a new video game shows that human intuition can still best computers at quantum tasks.

  3. Gold nanoparticles
    Physics

    Turning water to steam, no boiling required

    A new material can convert water into steam with sunlight alone, and could be useful for making fresh water from salty.

  4. illustration of a blazar
    Astronomy

    Possible source of high-energy neutrino reported

    Scientists may have found the cosmic birthplace of an ultra-high energy neutrino: a blazar 9 billion light years away.

  5. Gravitational waves
    Physics

    Faint gravitational waves could soon be on LIGO’s radar

    In a few years, LIGO could detect hints of faint gravitational waves from black holes too far away to be seen directly.