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. Astronaut on Mars illustration

    ‘Spacefarers’ predicts how space colonization will happen

    In Spacefarers, Christopher Wanjek provides an optimistic yet realistic view on how humans might colonize the rest of our solar system.

  2. Whale shark with diver

    Cold War nuclear test residue offers a clue to whale sharks’ ages

    One unexpected legacy of the Cold War: Chemical traces of atomic bomb tests are helping scientists figure out whale shark ages.

  3. Telescope and night sky

    New search methods are ramping up the hunt for alien intelligence

    Six decades of radio silence hasn’t stopped scientists searching for intelligent life beyond Earth. In fact, new technologies are boosting efforts.

  4. Climate

    These women endured a winter in the high Arctic for citizen science

    Two women have spent the winter on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to collect data for climate scientists around the world.

  5. coronavirus computer illustration
    Health & Medicine

    You can help fight the coronavirus. All you need is a computer

    With Folding@home, people can donate computing time on their home computers to the search for a chemical Achilles’ heel in the coronavirus.

  6. Environment

    Legos may take hundreds of years to break down in the ocean

    Sturdy types of plastic may persist in seawater for much long than scientists previously thought.

  7. Toro Negro State Forest

    How Hurricane Maria’s heavy rains devastated Puerto Rico’s forests

    Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rican forests in some unexpected ways.

  8. artificial neural network illustration
    Artificial Intelligence

    An AI that mimics how mammals smell recognizes scents better than other AI

    An artificial intelligence modeled after the neural circuitry in mammalian brains can keep learning new aromas without forgetting others.

  9. illustration of the surface of a dark, rainy exoplanet

    Heavy metal may rain from the skies of planet WASP 76b

    Astronomers saw hints of iron rain on an ultrahot gas giant, an exoplanet where starlike atmospheric temperatures drive weird weather.

  10. movie theater

    Thirdhand smoke wafting off moviegoers hurts air quality in theaters

    Nonsmoking theaters can still get exposed to cigarette-related pollutants carried in on audience members’ bodies and clothing.

  11. isopropanol ethylene glycol mix droplet

    Evaporating mixtures of two liquids create hypnotic designs

    Through the magic of surface tension, mixtures of two liquids form fingerlike protrusions and other patterns as droplets evaporate.

  12. woman online shopping

    Ordering from a local store can curb online shopping’s CO₂ emissions

    Online shopping isn’t necessarily better for the environment than going to the store in person, a new study finds.