Emily Conover

Emily Conover

Senior Writer, Physics

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. An illustration of antimatter falling under the influence of gravity.

    Antimatter falls like matter, upholding Einstein’s theory of gravity

    In a first, scientists dropped antihydrogen atoms and measured how they fell.

  2. A photo of part of the Paranal Observatory in Chile with the Large Magellanic Cloud visible in the center and Small Magellanic Cloud visible on the right.

    Astronomers call for renaming the Magellanic Clouds

    Explorer Ferdinand Magellan is not a fitting namesake for the pair of satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, a group of scientists argues.

  3. A photo of the ring laser gyroscope with developer physicist Ulrich Schreiber sitting on a small ledge next to the device.

    A laser gyroscope measured tiny variations in the lengths of days on Earth

    An underground gyroscope known as ‘G’ uses laser beams traveling in opposite directions to precisely measure Earth’s rotation.

  4. Illustration of two black spheres orbiting in a grid with ripples that represent gravidational waves

    Scientists have two ways to spot gravitational waves. Here are some other ideas

    From lasers in space to falling atoms on Earth, researchers are cooking up ways to sense gravitational waves that current methods can’t detect.

  5. A diamond anvil crunches a material viewed through a microscope.

    Superconductor research surges forward despite controversy over stunning claims

    After retractions from Ranga Dias’ group, high-pressure physicists are feeling the squeeze, fearing the controversy will tarnish other research.

  6. A photo of the doughnut-shaped magnet that was used with the Muon g-2 experiment.
    Particle Physics

    There’s a new measurement of muon magnetism. What it means isn’t clear

    The measurement, from the Muon g−2 experiment, is the most precise yet. But recent theoretical predictions are a bit muddled.

  7. A photo of the moon as seen from Earth's orbit with the a blue haze at the bottom of the image.

    Mass has different definitions. The moon’s orbit confirms two are equivalent

    Laser measurements of the moon’s orbit square with Newton’s third law of motion and Einstein’s theory of gravity.

  8. photo of a vacuum chamber

    Electrons are extremely round, a new measurement confirms

    The near-perfect roundness deepens the mystery behind how the universe came to be filled with matter as opposed to antimatter.

  9. An illustration of a pulsar.

    A newfound gravitational wave ‘hum’ may be from the universe’s biggest black holes

    Scientists reported evidence for a new class of gravitational waves, likely created by merging supermassive black holes.

  10. Illustration of a red and yellow key with bubbles around the handle and the bit. A greenish bubble also encircles the entire key and blue gear shapes appear in the background.
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum computers could break the internet. Here’s how to save it

    Today's encryption schemes will be vulnerable to future quantum computers, but new algorithms and a quantum internet could help.

  11. A headshot of theoretical physicist Julian Muñoz against a brightly lit backdrop

    Julian Muñoz has a ‘ruler’ that could size up the early universe

    The measurement tool could lay out a distance scale for cosmic dawn —and offer clues to the nature of dark matter.

  12. An image of photosynthetic bacteria appears in shades of blue, purple and green on a black background.

    One photon is all it takes to kick off photosynthesis

    A single particle of light is the spark that begins the process of turning light to chemical energy in photosynthetic bacteria, a new study confirms.