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. Abstract flowing background in shades of blue and red
    Physics

    The fastest way to heat certain materials may be to cool them first

    A theoretical study reveals that, in certain situations, some materials might heat up more quickly after first being cooled.

  2. entanglement illustration
    Quantum Physics

    Scientists entangled quantum memories linked over long distances

    The entanglement of quantum ‘hard drives’ is a crucial step toward creating a quantum internet.

  3. wok with fried rice
    Physics

    How to make the best fried rice, according to physics

    Researchers show exactly how rocking and sliding a wok can launch fried rice into the air, letting it cook at a high temperature without burning.

  4. muon collider tracking device
    Physics

    A barrier to colliding particles called muons has been smashed

    Future particle accelerators could slam muons together to reach higher energies than any before.

  5. 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.

  6. nanoparticle
    Physics

    Scientists cooled a nanoparticle to the quantum limit

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

  7. quantum entanglement illustration
    Physics

    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.

  8. atoms forming chemical bond illustration
    Chemistry

    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.

  9. Notre Dame
    Archaeology

    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.

  10. researchers working on torque sensor
    Physics

    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.

  11. Notre Dame de Paris
    Physics

    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.

  12. Vera Rubin
    Space

    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.