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. several makeup items - lipstick, a compact, blush brush, mascara - sit on a cream-colored background
    Chemistry

    Many cosmetics contain hidden, potentially dangerous ‘forever chemicals’

    Scientists found signs of long-lasting PFAS compounds in about half of tested makeup products, especially waterproof mascaras and lipsticks.

  2. a group of mice that were exposed to space radiation
    Animals

    Mouse sperm thrived despite six years of exposure to space radiation

    A space station experiment suggests future deep-space explorers don’t need to worry about passing the effects of space radiation on to their children.

  3. night sky with green glow
    Physics

    Auroras form when electrons from space ride waves in Earth’s magnetic field

    New lab results confirm that auroras are triggered by disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field called Alfvén waves.

  4. illustration of a tardigrade
    Life

    Even hard-to-kill tardigrades can’t always survive being shot out of a gun

    A recent experiment put tardigrades’ indestructibility to the test by firing the critters at speeds up to 1,000 meters per second.

  5. black and white photo of Katherine Johnson sitting at a desk
    Science & Society

    A new memoir tells the life story of NASA ‘hidden figure’ Katherine Johnson

    "My Remarkable Journey" gives the backstory of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, the central character of the 2016 film "Hidden Figures."

  6. a purple/orange cloud with bright stars sprinkled throughout on a black background
    Astronomy

    Watch this beautiful, high-resolution simulation of how stars are born

    The STARFORGE simulation follows a giant gas cloud as it collapses into new stars, accounting for all the phenomena thought to influence the outcome.

  7. tree trunks in shallow water
    Climate

    ‘Tree farts’ contribute about a fifth of greenhouse gases from ghost forests

    Greenhouse gases from dead trees play an important role in the overall environmental impact of ghost forests, a new study suggests.

  8. illustration of HD 100546
    Space

    Planet-forming disks around stars may come preloaded with ingredients for life

    Methanol spotted around a hot, young star probably originated in interstellar space, suggesting some chemistry for life may start before stars form.

  9. galaxy NGC 4666
    Space

    A rare glimpse of a star before it went supernova defies expectations

    A hydrogen-free supernova in a nearby galaxy appears to have come from an unusual source.

  10. Lightning storm in Texas
    Earth

    Lightning may be an important source of air-cleaning chemicals

    Airplane observations show that thunderstorms can directly generate vast quantities of atmosphere-cleansing chemicals called oxidants.

  11. map of Milky Way showing possible antistars
    Space

    Stars made of antimatter could lurk in the Milky Way

    Fourteen celestial sources of gamma rays provide preliminary hints of matter colliding with “antistars” in our galaxy.

  12. mixed nuts
    Physics

    X-ray scans explain how the ‘Brazil nut effect’ works

    X-ray CT scans of a box of mixed nuts explain the orientations that let large, oblong Brazil nuts rise to the top.