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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. airplane takeoff
    Climate

    Rising temperatures may mean fewer passengers on airplane flights

    Global warming could force airplanes to carry a lighter load — and fewer passengers —on each flight.

  6. airplane takeoff
    Climate

    Rising temps may mean fewer passengers on airplane flights

    Global warming could force airplanes to carry a lighter load — and fewer passengers —on each flight.

  7. Juno spacecraft illustration
    Planetary Science

    Juno will fly a mere 9,000 km above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

    Juno is about to get up close and personal with Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

  8. sleeping baby
    Genetics

    Double-duty DNA plays a role in birth and death

    Coronary artery disease may be the price humans pay for improved fertility.

  9. Sierra Nevada mountains
    Earth

    Snow and rain tug on earthquake faults in California

    California’s water cycle is linked to periodic increases in small earthquakes.

  10. climate change economic map
    Climate

    Climate change could exacerbate economic inequalities in the U.S.

    Counties across the United States won’t all pay the same price for climate change, a new simulation predicts.

  11. Antarctica
    Earth

    Battering storms caused Antarctic sea ice to shrink at record pace

    Unusually intense storms could explain why Antarctic sea ice shrank to its smallest observed extent this year.

  12. 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.