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. body-on-a-chip
    Life

    This body-on-a-chip mimics how organs and cancer cells react to drugs

    The multiorgan system could help test new and existing drugs for effectiveness and unwanted side effects.

  2. crepes
    Physics

    A computer model explains how to make perfectly smooth crepes

    Here’s how to prepare thin pancakes that are perfectly smooth, according to science.

  3. Sinclair Lake
    Environment

    Some Canadian lakes still store DDT in their mud

    Yesterday’s DDT pollution crisis is still today’s problem in some of Canada’s lakes.

  4. danger sign
    Agriculture

    The U.S. is still using many pesticides that are banned in other countries

    In 2016, the United States used millions of kilograms of pesticides that are banned or being phased out in the European Union, Brazil and China.

  5. galaxy clusters Abell 0399 and Abell 0401
    Astronomy

    In a first, magnetic fields have been spotted between two galaxy clusters

    The discovery of magnetic fields in the gaseous filament between two galaxy clusters suggests that some large cosmic structures are magnetized.

  6. microplastics
    Oceans

    Tiny plastic debris is accumulating far beneath the ocean surface

    Floating trash patches scratch only the surface of the ocean microplastic pollution problem.

  7. gut bacteria
    Life

    Gut bacteria may change the way many drugs work in the body

    A new survey of interactions between microbes and medications suggests that gut bacteria play a crucial role in how the body processes drugs.

  8. atomic clock
    Physics

    A new optical atomic clock’s heart is as small as a coffee bean

    Optical atomic clocks are extremely good at keeping time, and they’re on their way to becoming pocket watches.

  9. air quality station
    Environment

    Emissions of a banned ozone-destroying chemical have been traced to China

    Since 2013, eastern China has increased its annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon by about 7,000 metric tons, a study finds.

  10. farside of the moon
    Planetary Science

    China’s lunar rover may have found minerals from the moon’s mantle

    The Chang’e-4 mission spotted material on the lunar surface that appears to contain bits originating from the moon’s interior.

  11. Artificial intelligence gaming illustration
    Artificial Intelligence

    AI can learn real-world skills from playing StarCraft and Minecraft

    By playing StarCraft and Minecraft, artificial intelligence is learning how to collaborate and adapt.

  12. number sense
    Artificial Intelligence

    A new AI acquired humanlike ‘number sense’ on its own

    A new artificial intelligence seems to share our intuitive ability to estimate numbers at a glance.