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. pollen on a bee under UV light

    Pollen hitches a ride on bees in all the right spots

    Flower reproduction depends on the pollen that collects in hard-to-reach spots on bees, a new study shows.

  2. machine learning illustration
    Artificial Intelligence

    Machines are getting schooled on fairness

    Machine-learning programs are introducing biases that may harm job seekers, loan applicants and more.

  3. quantum communication

    Tiny quantum storage device fits on a chip

    Photon information processing on nanoscale could enable future communication networks.

  4. illustration of human gut
    Health & Medicine

    How gut bacteria may affect anxiety

    Microbes may tamper with the production of tiny molecules in brain regions that help control anxiety.

  5. nano monster truck

    Meet the Bobcat Nanowagon, the world’s smallest monster truck

    Chemists are scratching their heads over the wreckage of minuscule monster trucks.

  6. photo illustration of people transmitting signals

    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.

  7. diagram of Sprite

    These chip-sized spacecraft are the smallest space probes yet

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

  8. soft robots

    Robot, heal thyself

    Self-healing material is helping make more resilient robots.

  9. hiker taking in view of mountains

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

    Scientists may have finally pinpointed the bottoms of the continents.

  10. archaea microbe DNA

    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.

  11. Tube worms

    These record-breaking tube worms can survive for centuries

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

  12. asteroid wreckage illustration

    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.