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. photo illustration of people transmitting signals
    Tech

    New antennas are up to a hundredth the size of today’s devices

    A new type of antenna could be used in tiny electronics for wearable tech, injectable medical devices and more.

  2. diagram of Sprite
    Astronomy

    These chip-sized spacecraft are the smallest space probes yet

    Space initiative dubbed Breakthrough Starshot sent the smallest spacecraft yet into orbit around Earth.

  3. soft robots
    Tech

    Robot, heal thyself

    Self-healing material is helping make more resilient robots.

  4. hiker taking in view of mountains
    Earth

    Seismologists get to the bottom of how deep Earth’s continents go

    Scientists may have finally pinpointed the bottoms of the continents.

  5. archaea microbe DNA
    Genetics

    The first look at how archaea package their DNA reveals they’re a lot like us

    Archaea microbes spool their DNA much like plants and animals do.

  6. Tube worms
    Animals

    These record-breaking tube worms can survive for centuries

    Deep-sea tube worms can live decades longer than their shallow-water counterparts.

  7. asteroid wreckage illustration
    Astronomy

    The solar system’s earliest asteroids may have all been massive

    A team of astronomers says the original asteroids all came in one size: extra large.

  8. photo illustration of an eclipse on a smartphone
    Science & Society

    Your solar eclipse experience can help science

    The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse offers a rare opportunity for crowdsourced data collection on a spectacular celestial phenomenon.

  9. Canaanite skeleton
    Anthropology

    Ancient DNA offers clues to the Canaanites’ fate

    DNA is painting a more detailed portrait of the ancient Canaanites, who have largely been studied through the secondhand accounts of their contemporaries.

  10. radiation sign
    Chemistry

    Radioactive substances leave electron ‘fingerprints’ behind

    A new method of nuclear forensics could make it harder to handle radioactive material in secret.

  11. Madjedbebe rock shelter
    Archaeology

    Humans first settled in Australia as early as 65,000 years ago

    Australia may have said “G’day” to humankind thousands of years earlier than previously believed.

  12. tardigrade
    Animals

    Water bears will survive the end of the world as we know it

    Water bears have a till-death-do-us-part pact with the sun, study suggests.