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. interferometer
    Physics

    Trapping atoms in a laser beam offers a new way to measure gravity

    A new type of experiment to measure the strength of Earth’s gravity uses atoms suspended in light rather than free-falling atoms.

  2. Geyserville
    Tech

    Here’s what it will take to adapt the power grid to higher wildfire risks

    Better sensing tech on power lines and reliance on more local power sources could help avoid vast power outages like those in California in October.

  3. whiskey patterns
    Chemistry

    American whiskeys leave unique ‘webs’ when evaporated

    If you don’t have a sophisticated palate, it turns out you can distinguish among bourbons with a microscope.

  4. solar system illustration
    Space

    Rules guarding other planets from contamination may be too strict

    Voluntary international guidelines for visiting the moon, Mars and other places — and for bringing stuff back to Earth — are overly cautious, scientists say.

  5. Space

    The solar system may have a new smallest dwarf planet: Hygiea

    New images reveal Hygiea is round, a final criterion for promoting the wee world from asteroid to dwarf planet status.

  6. Space

    Strontium is the first heavy element detected from a neutron star merger

    The discovery of strontium created inside a neutron star smashup gives the clearest picture yet of what goes on inside this chaotic environment.

  7. Saturn
    Planetary Science

    Astronomers have spotted a new type of storm on Saturn

    In 2018, telescopes on Earth and in space identified a never-before-seen kind of storm activity on the ringed planet.

  8. 2I/Borisov
    Space

    How the second known interstellar visitor makes ‘Oumuamua seem even odder

    With its gaseous halo and tail, the second discovered interstellar object, 2I/Borisov, looks basically like your run-of-the-mill solar system comet.

  9. A map of Gondwanaland
    Earth

    50 years ago, an Antarctic fossil pointed to Gondwanaland’s existence

    Fifty years ago, fossils from Antarctica helped seal the deal that the southern continents were once connected in one, giant landmass called Gondwanaland.

  10. John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino
    Chemistry

    The development of the lithium-ion battery has won the chemistry Nobel Prize

    Three scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for helping create lithium-ion batteries, which power everyday devices from smartphones to electric cars.

  11. cosmic bubble
    Cosmology

    A new book explores how the concept of the multiverse has evolved

    Tom Siegfried, author of ‘The Number of the Heavens,’ discusses what the multiverse has meant to great thinkers throughout history.

  12. Maryam Shanechi
    Neuroscience

    Maryam Shanechi designs machines to read minds

    Maryam Shanechi creates computer programs that link brain and machine to one day help patients with paralysis or psychiatric disorders.