Emily Conover

Physics, Senior 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. Animals

    How some insects fling their pee

    Insects called sharpshooters use a tiny barb on their rear ends to hurl their pee at 20 times the acceleration of Earth’s gravity.

  2. Physics

    Much of a proton’s mass comes from the energy of the particles inside it

    Thanks, Einstein! Your famous E=mc2 formula now explains much of a proton’s ‘mass.’ Its building-block quarks make up just a small part of its left, calculations now show.

  3. Physics

    Dazzling laser advances bring physicists a Nobel Prize

    The winners of 2018 Nobel Prize in physics helped usher in new laser feats, such as making optical “tweezers” and creating amazingly bright beams of light.

  4. Physics

    Scientists traced an incoming neutrino back to its galactic birthplace

    The high-energy particle was born in a blazar 4 billion light-years away, scientists now report.

  5. Space

    An active sun is a somewhat smaller sun

    The sun grows and contracts a little over cycles lasting around 11 years, new data show. Changes in the strength of its magnetic fields may help explain this.

  6. Physics

    To witness maximum pressure, peek inside a proton

    Scientists used experimental data to estimate the pressures inside a proton. And surprise: Its mega-big — the greatest known!

  7. Chemistry

    Diamonds and more suggest unusual origins for asteroids

    Inside a meteorite, scientists found sulfur and iron wrapped in tiny diamonds. Those gems hint the rock formed inside a long-lost planet.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Scientists offer new explanation for knuckle-cracking

    That annoying pop may come from the partial collapse of bubbles in the joint fluid.

  9. Physics

    Meet STEVE, the northern lights in mauve

    STEVE is a nontraditional aurora. It might be a visible version of usually invisible charged particles drifting through Earth’s upper atmosphere.

  10. Science & Society

    Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

    Theoretical research by Stephen Hawking helped shape how scientists and the public alike would come to understand black holes and other facets of astrophysics.

  11. Physics

    Major gravity experiment recreated aboard a satellite

    A spacecraft was used to “drop” two objects and test their rate of fall. The new, super-precise findings confirm objects will fall at the same rate (in the absence of air resistance) — and that when it comes defining the effects of gravity, Einstein got it right.

  12. Physics

    You can peel permanent marker, intact, off of glass

    The surface tension of water can essentially scrape a thin film of some water-repellent material — such as permanent ink — off of glass.