Articles by

Emily Conover

Whirling maple seeds inspired these tiny flying sensors

Like helicoptering maple seeds, tiny new fliers whirl gracefully as they glide. The miniature aircraft, which can...

One of nature’s key constants is much larger in a quantum material

A crucial number that rules the universe goes big in a strange quantum material. The fine-structure constant...

With a powerful laser blast, scientists near a nuclear fusion milestone

With a powerful laser zap, scientists have blasted toward a milestone for nuclear fusion. A fusion experiment...

Windbreaks, surprisingly, could help wind farms boost power output

Windbreaks may sound like a counterintuitive idea for boosting the performance of a wind turbine. But physicists...

Colliding photons were spotted making matter. But are the photons ‘real’?

Collide light with light, and poof, you get matter and antimatter. It sounds like a simple idea,...

How particle detectors capture matter’s hidden, beautiful reality

At every moment, subatomic particles stream in unfathomable numbers through your body. Each second, about 100 billion...

A bounty of potential gravitational wave events hints at exciting possibilities

A new crew of potential ripples in spacetime has just debuted — emphasis on the word “potential.”...

Black holes born with magnetic fields quickly shed them

Like a shaggy dog in springtime, some black holes have to shed. New computer simulations reveal how...