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. SoundWatch smartwatch app

    A smartwatch app alerts users with hearing loss to nearby sounds

    With a new smartwatch app, users who are deaf or hard of hearing can get alerts that an alarm is going off or someone is knocking at the door.

  2. flashes of light known as 'elves' or 'sprites'

    Jupiter may host atmospheric ‘sprites’ or ‘elves’ never seen beyond Earth

    For the first time, NASA’s Juno spacecraft may have spied the bright, superfast light show on another world.

  3. hydrogen molecule

    A photon’s journey through a hydrogen molecule is the shortest event ever timed

    The shortest duration ever measured is 247 zeptoseconds, or trillionths of a billionth of a second.

  4. illuminated moon

    Water exists on sunny parts of the moon, scientists confirm

    New observations of the moon, made by a telescope flying onboard a Boeing 747-SP jet, have confirmed the presence of water on sunlit areas of the moon.

  5. diabolical ironclad beetle

    The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Here’s how

    The diabolical ironclad beetle is an incredibly tough little creature. A peek inside its exoskeleton reveals what makes it virtually uncrushable.

  6. ocean

    Even the deepest, coldest parts of the ocean are getting warmer

    Deep-sea temperatures seem to be rising, but it’s too soon to say whether that’s a result of climate change caused by humans, researchers say.

  7. Anopheles mosquito

    Heating deltamethrin may help it kill pesticide-resistant mosquitoes

    A simple chemical trick creates a much faster-acting form of a common insecticide, which could help fight malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

  8. Pillars of Creation false-color image

    Turning space images into music makes astronomy more accessible

    Music created from telescope data helps people with blindness and visual impairments experience the wonders of astronomy, and could aid research.

  9. earthquake damage in Magna, Utah

    50 years ago, scientists were looking for ways to predict earthquakes

    Though earthquake prediction remains elusive, early warning systems can help keep people safe.

  10. thermometer detecting sound waves

    A new thermometer measures temperature with sound

    An acoustic thermometer takes temperature by listening to the faint hum that objects give off when they get hot.

  11. EHT M87 black hole image

    EHT data show turbulence makes the glowing ring around M87’s black hole wobble

    Event Horizon Telescope data spanning nearly a decade reveal that the appearance of the supermassive black hole inside galaxy M87 changes over time.

  12. Comet 67P's aurora
    Planetary Science

    Rosetta data reveal an invisible ultraviolet aurora around comet 67P

    Solar wind electrons smash water molecules in the comet’s coma to make the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s version of the northern lights.