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. isopropanol ethylene glycol mix droplet
    Chemistry

    Evaporating mixtures of two liquids create hypnotic designs

    Through the magic of surface tension, mixtures of two liquids form fingerlike protrusions and other patterns as droplets evaporate.

  2. woman online shopping
    Climate

    Ordering from a local store can curb online shopping’s CO₂ emissions

    Online shopping isn’t necessarily better for the environment than going to the store in person, a new study finds.

  3. Climate

    Climate change is slowly drying up the Colorado River

    Annual water flow in the Colorado River decreased by over 11 percent due to warming in the 20th century, a new study estimates.

  4. person holding jail cell bars
    Computing

    AI can predict which criminals may break laws again better than humans

    Computer algorithms are better than people at forecasting recidivism, at least in some situations, a new study finds.

  5. Deepwater Horizon rig on fire after explosion
    Oceans

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill spread much farther than once thought

    Computer simulations reveal the full extent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  6. Power grid illustration
    Tech

    The U.S. power grid desperately needs upgrades to handle climate change

    The climate is changing faster than the U.S. power grid is adapting. Smarter grids and smaller grids could help.

  7. green glow in the night sky - an aurora named the "dunes"
    Earth

    Here are 5 of the weirdest auroras, including the newly spotted ‘dunes’

    A newfound type of aurora dubbed the “dunes” joins the ranks of black auroras, STEVE and other obscure auroral phenomena.

  8. Nuclear waste storage beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada
    Materials Science

    The containers the U.S. plans to use for nuclear waste storage may corrode

    The different components of a nuclear waste storage unit start to corrode each other when wet, new lab experiments show.

  9. microplastic contamination
    Ecosystems

    Fewer worms live in mud littered with lots of microplastics

    The environmental effects of microplastic pollution are still hazy, but new long-term, outdoor experiments could help clear matters up.

  10. espresso drip
    Chemistry

    How to brew a better espresso, according to science

    To make more consistent and affordable espresso shots, use fewer beans and grind them more coarsely, a new study says.

  11. mummy in CT scanner
    Archaeology

    A 3-D printed vocal tract lets an ancient mummy speak from beyond the grave

    A re-created version of a mummy’s vocal tract reveals what this ancient Egyptian might have sounded like.

  12. PigeonBot
    Life

    ‘PigeonBot’ is the first robot that can bend its wings like a real bird

    Insights into the joint movements and feather surface structures that help birds control their wing shape could help robotic flyers move more deftly.