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

    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.

  2. telescope
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum weirdness survives space travel

    Quantum weirdness travels from Earth to space and back again.

  3. 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.

  4. Illustration of exoplanet CI Tau b

    Young exoplanet found nestled close to its star

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

  5. dice

    New technique produces real randomness

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

  6. 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.

  7. illustration of a clock and earth

    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.

  8. Climate

    Zapping clouds with lasers could tweak planet’s temperature

    Breaking up the ice particles inside cirrus clouds could make them reflect more light, turning them into a tool to combat global warming.

  9. illustration of quasiparticle collider
    Quantum Physics

    Physicists smash particle imitators

    A new quasiparticle collider smashes together the faux-particles that appear in solid materials.

  10. illustration of particle collisions at LHC
    Particle Physics

    Large Hadron Collider starts its 2016 physics run

    Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider are taking data for the first time in 2016.

  11. Quantum Physics

    Communicating covertly goes quantum

    Researchers are working to make quantum messages that are undetectable.

  12. illustration of proton collision
    Particle Physics

    Theorists perplexed by hints of unexpected new particle

    Hints of a potential new particle at the LHC have scientists excited, and theoretical physicists are beginning to converge on explanations.