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. gold sphere experiment set up

    A tiny gold ball is the smallest object to have its gravity measured

    A gold sphere with a mass of about 90 milligrams pulled on another sphere in accordance with Newton’s law of universal gravitation.

  2. EHT black hole image

    Black hole visionaries push the boundaries of knowledge in a new film

    ‘Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know’ follows researchers with the Event Horizon Telescope and other physicists working to understand black holes.

  3. quarks and antiquarks inside a proton
    Particle Physics

    Protons’ antimatter is even more lopsided than we thought

    The SeaQuest experiment finds that down antiquarks within the proton are more prevalent than up antiquarks.

  4. microflier levitating above a platform

    Tiny, sunlight-powered aircraft could soar beyond airplanes’ reach

    Microfliers levitate when hit with light, in conditions like those high in Earth’s atmosphere.

  5. illustration of a molecule acting as a quantum bit
    Quantum Physics

    ‘Designer molecules’ could create tailor-made quantum devices

    Scientists are making molecules suited to a variety of quantum tasks by building them up, atom by atom.

  6. Tibet AS-gamma experiment

    The Milky Way’s newfound high-energy glow hints at the secrets of cosmic rays

    Gamma rays with energies approaching a quadrillion electron volts emanate from the disk of the Milky Way.

  7. Diamond

    Diamond holds up at pressures more than five times those in Earth’s core

    Even when pummeled with lasers, diamond retains its structure, which could reveal how carbon behaves in the cores of some exoplanets.

  8. Venus flytrap grabbing a weight

    A robot arm toting a Venus flytrap can grab delicate objects

    By attaching electrodes to the plant’s leaves, researchers found a way to snap its traps shut on command.

  9. illustration of gravitational wave events

    Explore every gravitational wave event spotted so far

    This interactive visualization reveals the diversity of smashups that generate gravitational waves.

  10. illustration of drones above a city
    Quantum Physics

    Drones could help create a quantum internet

    Flying drones sent entangled particles of light to two locations a kilometer apart.

  11. fluorine atoms bonded to hydrogen atom

    This weird chemical bond acts like a mash-up of hydrogen and covalent bonds

    Chemistry students are taught that hydrogen bonds and covalent bonds are distinct, but a new study shows they exist on a continuum.

  12. Milky Way X-ray bubbles

    Enormous X-ray bubbles balloon from the center of the Milky Way

    Images from the the eROSITA telescope reveal X-ray–emitting blobs surrounding gamma-ray bubbles.