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. KOTO detector
    Particle Physics

    Misbehaving kaons could hint at the existence of new particles

    Certain extremely rare decays seem to be happening more often than expected, and scientists don’t know why.

  2. nanoparticle

    Scientists cooled a nanoparticle to the quantum limit

    Physicists decreased a nanoparticle’s motion to the lowest level allowed by quantum mechanics.

  3. quantum entanglement illustration

    A quantum strategy could verify the solutions to unsolvable problems — in theory

    A quantum technique for verifying solutions to difficult problems could apply to an “unbelievably huge” class of puzzles.

  4. atoms forming chemical bond illustration

    A dance of two atoms reveals chemical bonds forming and breaking

    Two rhenium atoms approach and retreat from one another in an electron microscope video.

  5. Notre Dame

    After the Notre Dame fire, scientists get a glimpse of the cathedral’s origins

    Researchers will tackle the scientific questions behind rebuilding Notre Dame, and learn more about its history.

  6. researchers working on torque sensor

    The fastest-spinning object ever made could help spot quantum friction in a vacuum

    Scientists have developed a torque sensor made with a nanoparticle that can spin more than 300 billion times a minute.

  7. Notre Dame de Paris

    How to restore the legendary acoustics of Notre Dame

    Using heritage acoustics, researchers hope to help restore the sound of Paris's Notre Dame cathedral.

  8. Vera Rubin

    Dark matter pioneer Vera Rubin gets a new observatory named after her

    A new effort to study the cosmos is named after Vera Rubin, an astronomer who searched out dark matter and battled sexism.

  9. coated thermal material
    Materials Science

    This material could camouflage objects from infrared cameras

    A coating of samarium nickel oxide counteracts hotter objects’ tendency for brighter thermal radiation.

  10. knot

    Color-changing fibers help reveal mysteries of how knots work

    Experiments with colorful fibers helped scientists discover a few simple rules behind knots’ varying strengths.

  11. dolphin

    Fluid dynamics may help drones capture a dolphin’s breath in midair

    High-speed footage of dolphin spray reveals that droplets blast upward at speeds approaching 100 kilometers per hour.

  12. Sycamore
    Quantum Physics

    Google claimed quantum supremacy in 2019 — and sparked controversy

    Google’s quantum computer outperformed the most powerful supercomputer on a task, the company reported. But some scientists aren’t fully convinced.