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. person experiencing VR

    Why touch can be such a creepy sensation in VR

    Touch sensation in VR can go from immersive to unnerving as the feeling gets more realistic, if you can’t see the source.

  2. packaged meat
    Materials Science

    A new plastic film glows to flag food contaminated with dangerous microbes

    Plastic patches that glow when they touch some types of bacteria could be built into food packaging to reduce the spread of foodborne illness.

  3. photo illustration of person typing on a laptop

    The Facebook data debacle may not change internet behavior

    In the wake of the Facebook data breach, personal privacy experts say there’s little individuals can do to control their personal information online.

  4. illustration of two atoms

    Using laser tweezers, chemists nudged two atoms to bond

    This is the first time researchers have purposefully combined two specific atoms into a molecule.

  5. hospital

    This material uses energy from ambient light to kill hospital superbugs

    A quantum dot–powered material could help reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections, including those with drug-resistant bacteria.

  6. soft robot

    A new soft bot mimics octopuses and inchworms to climb walls

    A new soft robot that scales walls could help with surveillance or building inspections.

  7. silicone sleeves

    Sheets of tiny bubbles could bring a sense of touch to virtual reality

    Shape-shifting films used in sleeves or other garments could provide tactile feedback that makes virtual realities feel more real.

  8. hazmat suit
    Materials Science

    Toxic chemicals turn a new material from porous to protective

    A new material switches from a comfortable, breathable form to a sealed-up, protective state when exposed to dangerous chemicals.

  9. chameleon material
    Materials Science

    Live heart cells make this material shift color like a chameleon

    A new material made of heart cells from rats and hydrogel changes color as the living cells contract and relax.

  10. moon craters
    Artificial Intelligence

    AI bests humans at mapping the moon

    AI does a more thorough job of counting craters than humans.

  11. people looking at Twitter on their phones

    On Twitter, the lure of fake news is stronger than the truth

    An analysis of more than 4.5 million tweets discussing false and true stories reveals that in the Twittersphere, fake news gets more views.

  12. eye diagram
    Artificial Intelligence

    In the future, an AI may diagnose eye problems

    Artificial intelligence could help diagnose blinding eye diseases and other illnesses, speeding up medical care in areas where specialists might be scarce.