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. X-ray map of sky

    This is the most comprehensive X-ray map of the sky ever made

    A new X-ray map of the entire sky, using data from the eROSITA telescope’s first full scan, looks deeper into space than any other of its kind.

  2. tetraquark illustration
    Particle Physics

    This is the first known particle with four of the same kind of quark

    A weird four-quark particle could be a unique testing ground for the strong force that governs how quarks stick together.

  3. Planetary Science

    Some exoplanets may be covered in weird water that’s between liquid and gas

    “Supercritical” water, a corrosive substance used to break down toxic waste on Earth, coats some small worlds around other stars, simulations suggest.

  4. illustration of moonlet asteroid
    Planetary Science

    An asteroid’s moon got a name so NASA can bump it off its course

    A tiny moon orbiting an asteroid finally got a name because NASA plans to crash a spacecraft into it.

  5. Black hole collision illustration

    LIGO and Virgo detected a collision between a black hole and a mystery object

    The first evidence of an object more massive than any neutron star and more lightweight than any black hole has astronomers wondering what it is.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.