Emily Conover

Physics Writer, Science News

Physics writer Emily Conover loves physics for its ability to reveal the secret rules about how stuff works, from tiny atoms to the vast cosmos. Before becoming a science journalist, she studied physics at the University of Chicago. There, she investigated the weird ways of tiny particles called neutrinos. She has previously written for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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. Chemistry

    Here’s how hot water might freeze faster than cold

    There’s a new explanation for how hot water freezes faster than cold water. But not everyone agrees it’s right, or that the effect can happen at all.

  2. Physics

    Weird physics warps nearby star’s light

    Scientists have observed a bizarre effect of quantum physics in light coming from a nearby neutron star.

  3. Physics

    Math predicts weird materials; leads to 2016 physics Nobel

    The 2016 Nobel Prize in physics will go to three researchers that have made discoveries about exotic states of matter.

  4. Space

    Some white dwarf stars point to possible dark matter

    Certain white-hot stars are cooling too fast for scientists to explain — unless they consider the presence of “axions.” These never-seen, but suspected particles could be shuttling away the extra energy from these cooling dwarf stars.

  5. Brain

    Our eyes can see single specks of light

    The human eye can detect a single photon. This discovery answers questions about how sensitive our eyes are. It hints at the possibility of using our eyes to study issues of quantum-scale physics.

  6. Physics

    Falling through Earth might be a long and fruitless trip

    A classic physics problem asks what would happen if you plunged through Earth’s center. A new study contends you could never make it to the other side.

  7. Physics

    Why the knuckleball takes such a knucklehead path

    They used to say it was how the seams interacted with the air. The new explanation is different. Scientists say its due to a ”drag crisis.”

  8. Animals

    Snout goo may help sharks sense prey

    Scientists may be one step closer to understanding how sharks sense their prey. Pores on their snout and face are lined with a gel that may help relay electrical currents created by prey’s movements.

  9. Physics

    Gravity waves are seen again

    Four months after scientists announced the first detection of gravity waves, another set of ripples in spacetime have emerged. The new ones come from the clash of mid-size black holes in the distant universe.

  10. Physics

    Famous physics cat now alive, dead and in two boxes at once

    Splitting Erwin Schrödinger’s famous — and fictitious — cat between two boxes brings scientists one step closer to building quantum computers from microwaves.

  11. Climate

    Zapping clouds with lasers could alter Earth’s climate

    Scientists zapped ice crystals in a lab. They were exploring whether this approach might be used to break those crystals in clouds — potentially as a way to cool Earth’s fever.

  12. Chemistry

    The newest elements finally have names

    Nihonium? Tennessine? These aren’t body parts or medicines. They’re among the names just given to the four newest superheavy elements.