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. Kepler 90 system

    AI has found an 8-planet system like ours in Kepler data

    An AI spotted an eighth planet circling a distant star, unseating the solar system as the sole record-holder for most known planets.

  2. hydrogel disks

    Electric eels provide a zap of inspiration for a new kind of power source

    Battery-like devices inspired by electric eels could someday power wearable and implantable tech or soft robots.

  3. dolphin jumping
    Artificial Intelligence

    AI eavesdrops on dolphins and discovers six unknown click types

    An algorithm uncovered the new types of echolocation sounds among millions of underwater recordings from the Gulf of Mexico.

  4. neuron illustration
    Artificial Intelligence

    New setup for image recognition AI lets a program think on its feet

    Researchers are revamping image recognition programs to better identify familiar objects in new situations.

  5. 3-D printed doll's face
    Materials Science

    New 3-D printed materials harness the power of bacteria

    The three-dimensional materials contain live bacteria and could generate wound dressings or clean up pollutants.

  6. Hedy Lamarr
    Science & Society

    Actress Hedy Lamarr laid the groundwork for some of today’s wireless tech

    ‘Bombshell’ tells the story of Hedy Lamarr’s double life as a Hollywood starlet and tech inventor.

  7. self-driving car

    When it comes to self-driving cars, what’s safe enough?

    Even as unmonitored self-driving cars take to the streets, there’s no consensus about how safe is “safe enough” for driverless vehicles.

  8. microcube diagram
    Materials Science

    This material does weird things under pressure

    A new metamaterial has a seemingly impossible property: It swells when squeezed.

  9. Artificial insulin-secreting cells
    Health & Medicine

    Artificial insulin-releasing cells may make it easier to manage diabetes

    Synthetic cells crafted in the lab could provide a more precise, longer-lasting diabetes treatment.

  10. Great Pyramid of Giza

    Mystery void is discovered in the Great Pyramid of Giza

    High-energy particle imaging helps scientists peek inside one of the world’s oldest, largest monuments.

  11. lithium dendrite crystals
    Materials Science

    Nobel Prize–winning technique illuminates the fibers that set off battery fires

    Scientists get a closer look at the filaments that ruin lithium-ion batteries from the inside out.

  12. robot surgery
    Health & Medicine

    Robotic docs can boost surgery time and cost

    Robots in the OR may not be worth the extra time or money for all procedures.