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. mind-control robot
    Tech

    With this new system, robots can ‘read’ your mind

    Giving robots instructions via brain waves and hand gestures could help the machines operate more safely and efficiently.

  2. world map of submarine fiber-optic cables
    Earth

    Underwater fiber-optic cables could moonlight as earthquake sensors

    The seafloor cables that ferry internet traffic across oceans may soon find another use: detecting underwater earthquakes.

  3. people at a cocktail party
    Artificial Intelligence

    A new AI can focus on one voice in a crowd

    The artificial intelligence can ignore background noise in videos and focus on what a particular person is saying.

  4. 3-D printed wireless light-up device on a hand
    Tech

    A new 3-D printer builds temporary electronics on your skin

    A new 3-D printer that tracks and compensates for your slightest twitch can precisely print simple electronic devices onto your skin.

  5. neutron star merger illustration
    Astronomy

    A neutron star crash may have spawned a black hole

    The neutron collision that took the astronomical community by storm last year probably created a black hole, researchers say.

  6. Tech fashion show illustration
    Tech

    Future smart clothes could pack serious gadgetry

    Casual daywear may someday contain some serious tech. But engineers have to take conventional electronics and make them comfortable to wear.

  7. interior of a car
    Health & Medicine

    Even in the shade, a car’s interior can get lethally hot

    A car’s interior can get lethally hot on summer days, even when it’s parked in the shade.

  8. taxis
    Tech

    Fleets of self-driving taxis could be choreographed to cut traffic

    Hive-minded self-driving cars could curb traffic congestion and vehicle pollution.

  9. plant
    Agriculture

    Nanoparticles could help rescue malnourished crops

    Nanoparticles normally used to fight cancer could also be used to treat malnourished crops.

  10. satellite image of North Korea's nuclear test site
    Earth

    Satellite data backs theory of North Korean nuclear site collapse

    After North Korea’s most recent nuclear test, two underground cave-ins occurred, possibly rendering the facility unusable, a new study suggests.

  11. illustration of mental map
    Artificial Intelligence

    This AI uses the same kind of brain wiring as mammals to navigate

    This AI creates mental maps of its environment much like mammals do.

  12. seven planetary nebulae
    Astronomy

    New ideas about how stars die help solve a decades-old mystery

    New ideas about stellar evolution help explain why astronomers see so many bright planetary nebulae where they ought not be.