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. Moon

    How brightly the moon glows is a mystery, but maybe not for long

    The best estimates for the moon’s brightness are still somewhat unsure. A new experiment is trying to fix that.

  2. EPA headquarters building

    Critics say an EPA rule may restrict science used for public health regulations

    Editors of six major scientific journals argue that a rule proposed by the U.S. EPA may keep key data from factoring into environmental regulations.

  3. Nazca Line

    An AI found a hidden Nazca Line in Peru showing a humanoid figure

    An artificial intelligence program designed to go through massive datasets for hints of ancient geoglyphs called Nazca Lines has discovered a new one.

  4. gold plate

    A tiny switch could redirect light between computer chips in mere nanoseconds

    Microscopic switches that ferry information using light, not electric current, could help create better, faster electronics.

  5. interferometer

    Trapping atoms in a laser beam offers a new way to measure gravity

    A new type of experiment to measure the strength of Earth’s gravity uses atoms suspended in light rather than free-falling atoms.

  6. Geyserville

    Here’s what it will take to adapt the power grid to higher wildfire risks

    Better sensing tech on power lines and reliance on more local power sources could help avoid vast power outages like those in California in October.

  7. whiskey patterns

    American whiskeys leave unique ‘webs’ when evaporated

    If you don’t have a sophisticated palate, it turns out you can distinguish among bourbons with a microscope.

  8. solar system illustration

    Rules guarding other planets from contamination may be too strict

    Voluntary international guidelines for visiting the moon, Mars and other places — and for bringing stuff back to Earth — are overly cautious, scientists say.

  9. Space

    The solar system may have a new smallest dwarf planet: Hygiea

    New images reveal Hygiea is round, a final criterion for promoting the wee world from asteroid to dwarf planet status.

  10. Space

    Strontium is the first heavy element detected from a neutron star merger

    The discovery of strontium created inside a neutron star smashup gives the clearest picture yet of what goes on inside this chaotic environment.

  11. Saturn
    Planetary Science

    Astronomers have spotted a new type of storm on Saturn

    In 2018, telescopes on Earth and in space identified a never-before-seen kind of storm activity on the ringed planet.

  12. 2I/Borisov

    How the second known interstellar visitor makes ‘Oumuamua seem even odder

    With its gaseous halo and tail, the second discovered interstellar object, 2I/Borisov, looks basically like your run-of-the-mill solar system comet.