Maria Temming

Maria Temming

Assistant Editor, Science News for Students

Previously the staff writer for physical sciences at Science News, Maria Temming is the assistant editor at Science News for Students. She 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. Swallowable medical devices
    Health & Medicine

    Pills equipped with tiny needles can inject a body from the inside

    High-tech pills equipped with medicinal needles could administer painless shots inside the body.

  2. Artificial intelligence
    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence is learning not to be so literal

    Artificial intelligence is learning how to take things not so literally.

  3. robot sitting at desk
    Humans

    Here’s what makes satire so funny, according to science

    Analysis of headlines from the satirical newspaper The Onion could help you — or a computer — write humorous news headlines.

  4. delivery bot
    Artificial Intelligence

    A new AI training program helps robots own their ignorance

    AI systems struggle to know what they don’t know. Now scientists have created a way to help autonomous machines recognize their blind spots.

  5. polite robot
    Artificial Intelligence

    This robot learned not to mess with other people’s stuff

    Ownership-respecting robots could soon understand the difference between chucking a Styrofoam cup and someone’s favorite mug.

  6. reconstructed images
    Tech

    Ordinary cameras can now photograph out-of-sight objects

    Thanks to a new photo-analyzing computer program, a photographer’s line of sight no longer has to be a straight shot.

  7. crystalline lattice structure illustration
    Materials Science

    Being messy on the inside keeps metamaterials from folding under stress

    Inspiration from disordered arrangements of atoms in crystalline metals may lead to longer-lasting, next-gen materials.

  8. drilling into Lake Mercer
    Animals

    Cryptic remains of tiny animals have turned up in an Antarctic lake

    Researchers were surprised to find vestiges of what appear to be tiny animals in mud from Antarctica’s ice-covered Lake Mercer.

  9. robot
    Tech

    These robots can follow how-to diagrams

    Robots capable of reading diagrams could work in more varied environments and be easier to communicate with.

  10. radiation sign
    Chemistry

    Your phone could reveal your radiation exposure after a nuclear disaster

    Examining personal electronics may help gauge people’s radiation exposure in the event of a nuclear accident or attack.

  11. person looking at a phone with drug paraphernalia
    Health & Medicine

    A new app tracks breathing to detect an opioid overdose

    A smartphone app called Second Chance could help save opioid users who shoot up alone.

  12. tobacco farmer
    Agriculture

    A new way to genetically tweak photosynthesis boosts plant growth

    A new chemical road map for a process called photorespiration in plant cells could reduce energy waste to increase plant productivity.