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. periodic table
    Chemistry

    Names for four new elements get seal of approval

    The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has approved the proposed names for the four elements added to the periodic table in December 2015.

  2. blue begonia leaf
    Life

    Blue leaves help begonias harvest energy in low light

    The iridescent color of some begonias comes from tiny structures that also help the plant convert dim light into energy.

  3. Gasbuggy device
    Earth

    50 years ago, nuclear blasting for gas boomed. Today it’s a bust.

    50 years ago, scientists made plans to use nuclear explosions to extract natural gas from underground. In one such experiment, the gas was released but turned out to be radioactive.

  4. quark-gluon plasma illustration
    Physics

    Whirlpools might have stirred up baby universe’s soup

    Vortices appear in the quark-gluon plasma produced in heavy-ion collisions.

  5. Mainz Microtron
    Particle Physics

    New analysis boosts case for smaller proton

    Electron scattering data hint at a slightly smaller proton radius.

  6. subatomic particle computer simulation
    Physics

    ‘Void’ dives into physics of nothingness

    In modern physics, emptiness is elusive and difficult to define, a new book shows.

  7. Bose-Einstein condensate
    Physics

    Supersolids produced in exotic state of quantum matter

    Bose-Einstein condensates display properties of liquid and solid simultaneously.

  8. Pierre Auger Observatory
    Particle Physics

    Muon surplus leaves physicists searching for answers

    A glut of muons shows up in particle showers in the atmosphere.

  9. kilogram standards
    Physics

    Units of measure are getting a fundamental upgrade

    New units based on fundamental properties of the universe will make measurements more precise.

  10. crystal structure
    Quantum Physics

    ‘Time crystal’ created in lab

    A chain of ions creates a crystal that repeats in time instead of in space.

  11. galaxy cluster
    Particle Physics

    Latest dark matter searches leave scientists empty-handed

    As the most popular candidates for dark matter fail to show up in detectors, scientists are broadening the search.

  12. bubbles
    Physics

    Physicists find atomic nucleus with a ‘bubble’ in the middle

    Silicon-34 has an unusually small number of protons in its center.