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. Kazunori Akiyama

    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.

  2. illustration of a black hole

    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.

  3. supermassive black hole at M87

    The first picture of a black hole opens a new era of astrophysics

    Astronomers used a network of telescopes around the world to take a picture of the supermassive black hole in the galaxy M87.

  4. multiplication

    Mathematicians may have found the fastest way to multiply huge numbers

    A new theoretical method for multiplying enormous figures appears to achieve a speed first predicted decades ago.

  5. Virgo mirror

    The LIGO and Virgo gravitational wave detectors are back on

    Souped-up instruments could spot never-before-seen sources of gravitational waves.

  6. car engine
    Quantum Physics

    A new quantum engine packs more power than its standard counterparts

    A new type of tiny machine harnesses quantum physics to produce more power than a normal engine, under certain conditions.

  7. proton spin
    Particle Physics

    How a proton gets its spin is surprisingly complicated

    Pinning down the source of protons’ spin is surprisingly hard to do.

  8. gamma rays

    X-ray ‘chimneys’ connect the Milky Way to mysterious gamma-ray bubbles

    Two columns of X-rays that are hundreds of light-years long could explain the existence of giant bubbles of energetic light that sandwich the galaxy.

  9. snapping shrimp

    Some shrimp make plasma with their claws. Now a 3-D printed claw can too

    Scientists used a replica of a shrimp claw to re-create the extreme pressures and temperatures that the animals produce underwater.

  10. atomic clock

    Ultraprecise atomic clocks put Einstein’s special relativity to the test

    Physics obeys the same rules no matter what direction you’re facing, a new experiment confirms.

  11. electronic chip

    Scientists have chilled tiny electronics to a record low temperature

    In a first, electronic chip temperatures dip below a thousandth of a degree kelvin.

  12. exploding grape

    Microwaved grapes make fireballs, and scientists now know why

    Electromagnetic waves bounce back and forth inside a grape, creating plasma.