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. drone pollinating flower with bubbles

    Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination

    Drones are too clumsy to rub pollen on flowers and not damage them. But blowing pollen-laden bubbles may help the machines be better pollinators.

  2. pyrocumulonimbus cloud

    Smoke from Australian fires rose higher into the ozone layer than ever before

    The catastrophic wildfires in Australia around New Year’s generated a massive smoke plume that still hasn’t dissipated in the stratosphere.

  3. illustration of a magnetar

    A Milky Way flash implicates magnetars as a source of fast radio bursts

    A bright radio burst seen from a magnetar in the Milky Way suggests that similar objects produce the mysterious fast radio bursts observed in other galaxies.

  4. Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder

    Half the universe’s ordinary matter was missing — and may have been found

    Astronomers have used fast radio bursts as cosmic weigh stations to tease out where the universe’s “missing matter” resides.

  5. four brightly colored, fuzzy-looking critters

    New species of scaly, deep-sea worms named after Elvis have been found

    A genetic analysis sheds new light on funky scale worms with glittery, scales reminiscent of sequins on the “The King’s” iconic jumpsuits.

  6. artificial eyeball illustration

    A new artificial eye mimics and may outperform human eyes

    A new artificial eyeball boasts a field of view and reaction time similar to that of real eyes.

  7. The Scream painting

    Moisture, not light, explains why Munch’s ‘The Scream’ is deteriorating

    Edvard Munch’s 1910 “The Scream” is famous for its loud colors. New insight into paint preservation could keep those pigments from fading out.

  8. mini Mars rover

    Wiggling wheels could keep future rovers trucking in loose lunar soil

    A rover that wriggles through soil could climb hills on the moon or Mars that are too steep for a simple wheeled bot.

  9. glass of beer

    Brewing beer may be an older craft than we realized in some places

    Newly discovered microscopic signatures of malting could help archaeologists detect traces of ancient beer.

  10. Greenland glacier

    Greenland and Antarctica are gaining ice inland, but still losing it overall

    Inland ice accumulation is not enough to counteract the amount of ice melting off Antarctica and Greenland into the oceans, satellite data show.

  11. gondwanatherian

    A ‘crazy beast’ from the time of dinosaurs belongs to an obscure mammal group

    Paleontologists have finally matched a bizarre fossil, Adalatherium hui, to an obscure group of ancient mammals called gondwanatherians.

  12. false-color map of moon's surface
    Planetary Science

    This is the most comprehensive map of the moon’s geology yet

    Cartographers merged Apollo-era maps and modern lunar observations to into a new geologic map of the moon.