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. Scene from the movie Tesla
    Science & Society

    Ethan Hawke stars in ‘Tesla,’ a quirky biopic about the iconic inventor

    The new movie ‘Tesla’ follows the rise and fall of Nikola Tesla, whose early inventions panned out far better than later projects.

  2. Hubble Space Telescope during total lunar eclipse
    Astronomy

    Hubble watched a lunar eclipse to see Earth from an alien’s perspective

    Hubble observed sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere during a lunar eclipse to see what a habitable exoplanet’s atmosphere might look like.

  3. planetary nebula NGC 2440
    Space

    Paradoxically, white dwarf stars shrink as they gain mass

    Observations of thousands of white dwarf stars have confirmed a decades-old theory about the relationship between their masses and sizes.

  4. Hurricane Isaias
    Earth

    Predictions for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season just got worse

    Wind patterns and abnormally warm seawater are conspiring to create especially hurricane-friendly conditions in the Atlantic.

  5. Milky Way from the Antarctic Peninsula
    Space

    An Antarctic ice dome may offer the world’s clearest views of the night sky

    The highest point in East Antarctica could be an ideal place for an optical telescope, a new study finds.

  6. stone artifact from central Mexico
    Archaeology

    Stone artifacts hint that humans reached the Americas surprisingly early

    Finds uncovered in a Mexican cave suggest North America may have had human inhabitants more than 30,000 years ago — way before archaeologists thought.

  7. a photo of Skylab
    Space

    50 years ago, NASA prepared to launch America’s first space station

    In 1970, NASA was building Skylab. The orbiting laboratory led to many scientific firsts but was plagued by technical difficulties.

  8. Rotational Motions in Seismology
    Physics

    A giant underground motion sensor in Germany tracks Earth’s wobbles

    A giant underground gyroscope array has taken its first measurements of how the world goes ’round.

  9. Kate Rubins on the ISS
    Space

    What will astronauts need to survive the dangerous journey to Mars?

    Going to Mars, astronauts will need protections from microgravity and radiation, plus miniature medical devices to diagnose problems and help handle emergencies.

  10. Methane in earth's atmosphere illustration
    Earth

    Agriculture and fossil fuels are driving record-high methane emissions

    Releases of the heat-trapping gas methane from human activities have ramped up in the 21st century, especially in Africa and Asia.

  11. X-ray map of sky
    Space

    This is the most comprehensive X-ray map of the sky ever made

    A new X-ray map of the entire sky, using data from the eROSITA telescope’s first full scan, looks deeper into space than any other of its kind.

  12. tetraquark illustration
    Particle Physics

    This is the first known particle with four of the same kind of quark

    A weird four-quark particle could be a unique testing ground for the strong force that governs how quarks stick together.