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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. image of a sea butterfly on a black background
    Animals

    Sea butterflies’ shells determine how the snails swim

    New aquarium videos show that sea butterflies of various shapes and sizes flutter through water differently.

  6. toy boats floating right side up and upside down
    Physics

    Toy boats float upside down underneath a layer of levitated liquid

    The upward force of buoyancy keeps objects afloat even in unusual conditions.

  7. earthquake damage in L’Aquila, Italy
    Earth

    Carbon dioxide from Earth’s mantle may trigger some Italian earthquakes

    In the central Apennines of Italy, spikes in natural carbon dioxide emissions line up with the biggest earthquakes.

  8. ichthyosaur fossil
    Paleontology

    This ichthyosaur died after devouring a creature nearly as long as itself

    Ichthyosaurs, marine reptiles generally thought to munch on soft prey like cephalopods, may have chowed down on fellow big marine reptiles, too.

  9. antarctic ice
    Earth

    50 years ago, scientists clocked the speed of Antarctic ice

    Today’s instruments offer a more precise view, and reveal the effects of climate change.

  10. Scene from the movie Tesla
    Science & Society

    Ethan Hawke stars in ‘Tesla,’ a quirky biopic about the iconic inventor

    The new movie ‘Tesla’ follows the rise and fall of Nikola Tesla, whose early inventions panned out far better than later projects.

  11. Hubble Space Telescope during total lunar eclipse
    Astronomy

    Hubble watched a lunar eclipse to see Earth from an alien’s perspective

    Hubble observed sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere during a lunar eclipse to see what a habitable exoplanet’s atmosphere might look like.

  12. planetary nebula NGC 2440
    Space

    Paradoxically, white dwarf stars shrink as they gain mass

    Observations of thousands of white dwarf stars have confirmed a decades-old theory about the relationship between their masses and sizes.