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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Physics

    Whirlpools might have stirred up baby universe’s soup

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

  4. Particle Physics

    New analysis boosts case for smaller proton

    Electron scattering data hint at a slightly smaller proton radius.

  5. Physics

    ‘Void’ dives into physics of nothingness

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

  6. Physics

    Supersolids produced in exotic state of quantum matter

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

  7. Particle Physics

    Muon surplus leaves physicists searching for answers

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

  8. Physics

    Units of measure are getting a fundamental upgrade

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

  9. Quantum Physics

    ‘Time crystal’ created in lab

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

  10. 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.

  11. Physics

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

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

  12. Tech

    How to read a book without opening it

    New technique allows scientists to read the pages of an ancient text without opening the book.