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. Shark snout
    Materials Science

    Shark jelly is strong proton conductor

    A jelly found in sharks and skates, which helps them sense electric fields, is a strong proton conductor.

  2. birds of a feather
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum fragility may help birds navigate

    Birds’ internal compasses may rely on the delicate nature of the quantum world.

  3. ATLAS experiment at LHC
    Particle Physics

    Hints of new particle rumored to fade, but data analysis continues

    It’s still too early to know whether hints of a new particle are real, CERN scientists say.

  4. two spiraling black holes
    Physics

    Second gravitational wave signal detected

    LIGO has spotted a second set of ripples in the fabric of spacetime.

  5. periodic table
    Chemistry

    Four newest elements on periodic table get names

    Four elements officially recognized in December, highlighted in yellow, now have names that honor Japan, Moscow, Tennessee and physicist Yuri Oganessian.

  6. periodic table
    Chemistry

    Four newest elements on periodic table get names

    Four elements officially recognized in December, highlighted in yellow, now have names that honor Japan, Moscow, Tennessee and physicist Yuri Oganessian.

  7. telescope
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum weirdness survives space travel

    Quantum weirdness travels from Earth to space and back again.

  8. green hairstreak butterfly
    Materials Science

    Butterfly-inspired nanostructures can sort light

    Scientists re-created a nanostructure found on butterflies that can separate out circularly polarized light, a characteristic that may be useful for telecommunications.

  9. Illustration of exoplanet CI Tau b
    Astronomy

    Young exoplanet found nestled close to its star

    Scientists have found one of the youngest exoplanets ever, snuggled up close to its star.

  10. dice
    Computing

    New technique produces real randomness

    A new technique makes it easier for computers to roll the dice.

  11. Illustration of a cat with skeleton shadow
    Quantum Physics

    Schrödinger’s cat now dead and alive in two boxes at once

    The living-dead feline has been split in two, using a system of microwaves inside superconducting cavities.

  12. illustration of a clock and earth
    Physics

    The center of Earth is younger than the outer surface

    Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicts the center of the Earth is two years younger than the crust.