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. rolling luggage
    Physics

    Here’s why your wheelie suitcase wobbles

    Physicists explain why roller suitcases rock back and forth as you dash through the terminal.

  2. New Zealand volcano
    Earth

    Magma stored under volcanoes is mostly solid

    Ancient zircon crystals provide clues about the magma that fuels volcanic eruptions.

  3. illustration of a straight-tusked elephant
    Life

    Ancient DNA shakes up the elephant family tree

    DNA from straight-tusked elephant fossils is forcing scientists to reconsider the history of elephant evolution.

  4. human fetus
    Humans

    For humans, the appeal of looking at faces starts before birth

    New research suggests that 8-month-old fetuses, like newborns, are particularly interested in looking at faces.

  5. KELT 9b
    Astronomy

    Scalding hot gas giant breaks heat records

    KELT 9b’s sun blasts it with so much radiation that the planet’s dayside is hotter than most stars and its atmosphere is being stripped away.

  6. President Trump announcing withdrawal from Paris climate accord
    Climate

    U.S. will withdraw from climate pact, Trump announces

    President Trump announced June 1 that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.