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. Jupiter's north pole
    Planetary Science

    Juno transmits first intimate snapshots of Jupiter

    Hurricane-like clouds spiral over Jupiter’s poles, new photos taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft reveal.

  2. cesium atoms

    Bacteria-sized molecules created in lab

    Cesium atoms with high-energy electrons pair up to form giant molecules.

  3. blue whirls

    Flaming fuel on water creates ‘blue whirl’ that burns clean

    Scientists found a way to burn fuel on water that leaves little soot behind.

  4. close-up of storage device with key for letters

    Supersmall device uses individual atoms to store data

    Scientists manipulate chlorine atoms to store data on a supersmall device.

  5. visualization of ATLAS experiment
    Particle Physics

    New data give clearer picture of Higgs boson

    Scientists are carefully measuring the Higgs boson’s properties.

  6. Z machine

    The pressure is on to make metallic hydrogen

    Scientists are getting close to turning hydrogen into a metal — both in liquid form and maybe even solid form. The rewards, if they pull it off, are worth the effort.

  7. White dwarf stars
    Particle Physics

    Cooling stars hint at dark matter particles

    Stars that cool faster than expected can be explained by hypothetical particles called axions.

  8. illustration of LHCb proton collision
    Particle Physics

    Bottom quarks misbehave in LHC experiment

    Bottom quarks fly off at an angle more often than expected in new data from the LHC.

  9. illustration of black holes

    LIGO’s black holes may be dark matter

    Two analyses indicate that LIGO could have detected black holes that formed just after the Big Bang.

  10. ATLAS
    Particle Physics

    Upon further review, suspected new particle vanishes

    Hints of a new particle at the LHC have disappeared.

  11. eye detecting a photon

    Human eye spots single photons

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

  12. 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.