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. eye detecting a photon
    Life

    Human eye spots single photons

    Human eyes are sensitive enough to detect individual particles of light.

  2. illustration of Rosetta and Philae approaching comet 67/P
    Planetary Science

    Rosetta spacecraft has stopped listening for Philae lander

    Rosetta is no longer listening for communications from the comet lander Philae.

  3. sunrise
    Math

    Website tests predictive powers of the hive mind

    Metaculus.com asks people to make predictions about the likelihood of future events.

  4. spiral galaxy UGC 9391
    Cosmology

    Debate accelerates on universe’s expansion speed

    A puzzling mismatch is plaguing two methods for measuring how fast the universe is expanding.

  5. LUX detector
    Particle Physics

    Latest search for dark matter comes up empty

    Scientists continue to come up empty-handed in the search for dark matter. The latest effort from the LUX experiment found no evidence for dark matter.

  6. electrons illustration
    Physics

    Electrons have potential for mutual attraction

    Electrons usually repel each other, but new research shows pairs of electrons can be attracted due to their repulsion from other electrons.

  7. Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield
    Physics

    Scientists throw a curve at knuckleball explanation

    Wildly swerving pitches may be the result of a phenomenon known as a “drag crisis”

  8. Large Hadron Collider LHCb
    Particle Physics

    Three cousins join family of four-quark particles

    Scientists with the Large Hadron Collider’s LHCb experiment report three new particles and confirm a fourth.

  9. wind farm
    Life

    Mini ‘wind farm’ could capture energy from microbes in motion

    Bacteria could spontaneously organize and rotate turbines, computer simulations show.

  10. person falling through tunnel
    Physics

    Falling through the Earth would be a drag

    Scientists study how friction affects a hypothetical jump through the center of the Earth.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.