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. black hole
    Physics

    In a first, scientists took the temperature of a sonic black hole

    A lab-made black hole that traps sound, not light, emits radiation at a certain temperature, as Stephen Hawking first predicted.

  2. Riemann zeta function
    Math

    Mathematicians report possible progress on proving the Riemann hypothesis

    A new study advances one strategy in the quest to solve the notoriously difficult problem, which is still stumping researchers after 160 years.

  3. space flame
    Physics

    Spherical flames in space could solve the mystery of soot-free fires

    In microgravity, flames are sphere-shaped. Tests of fire on the International Space Station are helping show how gases flow within flames.

  4. metal kilogram
    Physics

    The kilogram just got a revamp. A unit of time might be next

    After years of preparation, new definitions for the basic units of mass, temperature and more have now gone into effect.

  5. quarks and gluons
    Quantum Physics

    An experiment hints at quantum entanglement inside protons

    Particles inside protons seem to be linked on a scale smaller than a trillionth of a millimeter.

  6. gamma ray burst
    Astronomy

    Dying stars called collapsars may forge much of the universe’s gold

    Spinning stars that collapse into black holes could help explain the origins of heavy elements such as gold and silver.

  7. neutron star merging with black hole
    Physics

    LIGO and Virgo made 5 likely gravitational wave detections in a month

    It took decades to find the first gravitational wave event, and now they’re a weekly occurrence.

  8. uranium cube
    Physics

    How scientists traced a uranium cube to Nazi Germany’s nuclear reactor program

    New research suggests that the Nazis had enough uranium to make a working nuclear reactor.

  9. LabEscape glasses
    Science & Society

    A science-themed escape room gives the brain a workout

    Quantum physicist Paul Kwiat reveals what it takes do well in LabEscape, his science-themed escape room.

  10. periodic table illustration
    Chemistry

    50 years ago, scientists fought over element 104’s discovery

    A conflict known as the Transfermium Wars marked a contentious struggle over the search for new elements beginning in the 1960s.

  11. Kazunori Akiyama
    Astronomy

    Meet one of the first scientists to see the historic black hole image

    Kazunori Akiyama was one of the first scientists to see the black hole snapshot.

  12. illustration of a black hole
    Astronomy

    All you need to know about the history of black holes

    From dreaming up black holes to snapping the first picture of one, the history of black holes has had many twists.