Articles by

Emily Conover

How matter’s hidden complexity unleashed the power of nuclear physics

Matter is a lush tapestry, woven from a complex assortment of threads. Diverse subatomic particles weave together...

Uranium ‘snowflakes’ could set off thermonuclear explosions of dead stars

Tiny crystals of uranium could set off massive explosions within a dead star, physicists propose, making for...

Here’s why humans chose particular groups of stars as constellations

The Big Dipper’s stars make up a conspicuous landmark in the sky of the Northern Hemisphere. Even...

Atomic clocks take a step toward redefining the second

A new measurement moves scientists closer to revamping how we keep time. After scientists redefined the unit...

A tiny gold ball is the smallest object to have its gravity measured

Even teeny objects obey the law of gravity. A gold ball just 2 millimeters wide, with a...

Black hole visionaries push the boundaries of knowledge in a new film

Black holes sit on the cusp of the unknowable. Anything that crosses a black hole’s threshold is...

Tiny, sunlight-powered aircraft could soar beyond airplanes’ reach

Flight isn’t easy at the edge of space. But tiny “microfliers” could soar high in Earth’s atmosphere...

Diamond holds up at pressures more than five times those in Earth’s core

Diamond stands up to a squeeze. Surprisingly, the material’s structure persists even when compressed to 2 trillion...