Maria Temming

Maria Temming

Staff Writer, Physical Sciences

Maria Temming is the staff writer for physical sciences at Science News. Maria has undergraduate degrees in physics and English from Elon University and a master's degree in science writing from MIT. She has written for Scientific AmericanSky & Telescope and NOVA Next. She’s also a former Science News intern.

All Stories by Maria Temming

  1. diabolical ironclad beetle
    Animals

    The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Here’s how

    The diabolical ironclad beetle is an incredibly tough little creature. A peek inside its exoskeleton reveals what makes it virtually uncrushable.

  2. ocean
    Oceans

    Even the deepest, coldest parts of the ocean are getting warmer

    Deep-sea temperatures seem to be rising, but it’s too soon to say whether that’s a result of climate change caused by humans, researchers say.

  3. Anopheles mosquito
    Chemistry

    Heating deltamethrin may help it kill pesticide-resistant mosquitoes

    A simple chemical trick creates a much faster-acting form of a common insecticide, which could help fight malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

  4. Pillars of Creation false-color image
    Astronomy

    Turning space images into music makes astronomy more accessible

    Music created from telescope data helps people with blindness and visual impairments experience the wonders of astronomy, and could aid research.

  5. earthquake damage in Magna, Utah
    Earth

    50 years ago, scientists were looking for ways to predict earthquakes

    Though earthquake prediction remains elusive, early warning systems can help keep people safe.

  6. thermometer detecting sound waves
    Tech

    A new thermometer measures temperature with sound

    An acoustic thermometer takes temperature by listening to the faint hum that objects give off when they get hot.

  7. EHT M87 black hole image
    Space

    EHT data show turbulence makes the glowing ring around M87’s black hole wobble

    Event Horizon Telescope data spanning nearly a decade reveal that the appearance of the supermassive black hole inside galaxy M87 changes over time.

  8. Comet 67P's aurora
    Planetary Science

    Rosetta data reveal an invisible ultraviolet aurora around comet 67P

    Solar wind electrons smash water molecules in the comet’s coma to make the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s version of the northern lights.

  9. San Francisco Bay bridge smoky skyline
    Environment

    What we know and don’t know about wildfire smoke’s health risks

    As wildfires become more frequent and severe in California, Oregon and throughout the West Coast, concerns rise about harmful air pollution.

  10. a microscopic image of Naegleria fowleri
    Microbes

    50 years ago, scientists were on the trail of a brain-eating amoeba

    In 1970, scientists were studying a brain-eating amoeba that had been implicated in a newfound disease. Today, infections by the parasite are still poorly understood.

  11. solar Game Boy
    Tech

    A Game Boy look-alike runs on solar panels and button smashes

    A new prototype console that looks and feels like the original Game Boy harnesses user-generated energy to run without batteries.

  12. MACSJ1206.2-0847 galaxy cluster
    Space

    Dark matter clumps in galaxy clusters bend light surprisingly well

    Cosmologists have found one more way to be confused by dark matter.