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. window pane samples
    Materials Science

    Smart windows could block brightness and harness light

    A new type of material pulls double-duty as window shade and solar cell.

  2. ITER fusion reactor

    50 years on, nuclear fusion still hasn’t delivered clean energy

    In 1968, scientists predicted that the world would soon use nuclear fusion as an energy source.

  3. SEM image of wood
    Materials Science

    Superdense wood is lightweight, but strong as steel

    New superdense wood could be a more lightweight, environmentally friendly alternative to current construction materials.

  4. thinking robot
    Artificial Intelligence

    ‘Machines That Think’ predicts the future of artificial intelligence

    In a new book, an artificial intelligence expert explores AI’s past, present and future.

  5. laser illustration

    New laser emits a more stable, energy-efficient light beam

    A new type of laser could emit more stable, energy-efficient light beams than its conventional counterparts.

  6. 3-D laser image

    Lasers trace a new way to create hovering hologram-like images

    Hovering 3-D images pave the way for futuristic displays that could be used for education or entertainment.

  7. smartphone illustration

    Your phone is like a spy in your pocket

    Smartphones’ powers of perception make them more user-friendly and efficient. But they also open new opportunities for privacy invasions.

  8. drone

    New technique could help spot snooping drones

    There may be a new way to tell if a drone is creeping on you or your home.

  9. DNA robot illustration

    A robotic arm made of DNA moves at dizzying speed

    A DNA machine with a high-speed arm could pave the way for nanoscale factories.

  10. illustration of 2-D honeycomb
    Materials Science

    Ultrathin 2-D metals get their own periodic table

    A new atlas of atom-thick metals could help researchers figure out how these 2-D materials might be used.

  11. illustration of biofilm

    A new gel could help in the fight against deadly, drug-resistant superbugs

    An antibacterial ointment breaks down the defenses of drug-resistant microbes such as MRSA in lab tests.

  12. synthetic cartilage
    Materials Science

    This artificial cartilage gets its strength from the stuff in bulletproof vests

    One of the key ingredients in this artificial cartilage is a nanoversion of the synthetic fiber in body armor.