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. chair with flame resistant tag
    Chemistry

    Plant-based fire retardants may offer a less toxic way to tame flames

    Flame retardants created from plant materials could be less harmful to the environment than traditional flame-smothering chemicals.

  2. a map showing El Niño over the Pacific Ocean
    Climate

    Climate change may make El Niño and La Niña less predictable

    Atlantic Niñas and Niños have been fairly reliable bellwethers for severe El Niño and La Niña events in the Pacific. A warming world may change that.

  3. diamonds
    Earth

    Fluid in superdeep diamonds may be from some of Earth’s oldest unchanged material

    Primordial rock deep in the mantle and dating to just after Earth’s formation could yield insights about the planet’s formation and evolution

  4. Jupiter collision illustration
    Space

    A planetary body may have smashed into Jupiter, creating its weird core

    A planetary body smashing into Jupiter may have jostled the gas giant’s insides during its formative years, creating the strange interior seen today.

  5. Astronomy

    Giant, active galaxies from the early universe may have finally been found

    Overlooked galaxies from when the universe was younger than 2 billion years old could be the ancestors of other ancient and modern monster galaxies.

  6. Antarctica
    Earth

    A new map is the best view yet of how fast Antarctica is shedding ice

    Stitching together data from several satellite missions allowed scientists to create the most comprehensive map of Antarctic ice flow ever.

  7. microplastic particles
    Tech

    Tiny magnetic coils could help break down microplastic pollution

    Carbon nanotubes designed to release plastic-eroding chemicals could clear the long-lasting trash from waterways.

  8. liquid droplets
    Materials Science

    Permanent liquid magnets have now been created in the lab

    Magnets that generate persistent magnetic fields are usually solid. But new little bar magnets have the mechanical properties of liquids.

  9. two photos of fetal lambs in artificial wombs
    Tech

    50 years ago, lambs survived but didn’t thrive inside artificial wombs

    Artificial wombs to support preemie babies are closer to reality.

  10. Apollo 15 lunar module
    Planetary Science

    Apollo astronauts left trash, mementos and experiments on the moon

    Here’s what planetary scientists are learning from the remains of Apollo outposts, and how archeologists hope to preserve it.

  11. solar panels
    Tech

    This solar-powered device produces energy and cleans water at the same time

    Someday, the two-for-one machine could help curb electricity and freshwater shortages.

  12. Poker game
    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence has now pretty much conquered poker

    A new artificial intelligence called Pluribus is a real card shark at six-player no-limit Texas Hold’em.