Maria Temming

Assistant Editor, Science News for Students

Maria Temming is the assistant editor at Science News for Students. 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 staff writer at Science News.

All Stories by Maria Temming

  1. Brain

    This brain region may make lifelike robots creep you out

    Robots that look too much like real people can be unsettling. Scientists identified a brain region that may be behind these uneasy feelings.

  2. Tech

    Sunlight can produce energy and clean water at the same time

    A new device can make electricity from the sun. What makes it truly special, however: It uses waste heat from the system to turn dirty water or salty water into drinking water.

  3. Agriculture

    U.S. farmers still use many pesticides that are banned elsewhere

    More than one in four of the pesticide used on U.S. farms in 2016 had been banned in other countries.

  4. Microbes

    Gut bacteria may affect how well your medicines work

    Gut bacteria can chemically change the drugs people swallow. ID-ing a patient’s microbes might one day help doctors prescribe the most effective drugs.

  5. Fossils

    This tiny dinosaur is officially T. rex’s cousin

    A newly identified dinosaur species fills a gap in the tyrannosaur family tree.

  6. Earth

    New insights on how STEVE lights up the night sky

    Satellite data and photos snapped by citizen scientists reveal the origins of the strange atmospheric glow called STEVE.

  7. Brain

    People may indeed have a sixth sense — for magnetism

    People may process information about Earth’s magnetic field without knowing it, a study of brain waves suggests.

  8. Tech

    It took a ‘virtual’ telescope to actually picture a black hole

    Here’s how scientists connected eight observatories across the world to create one Earth-sized telescope. This is what it took to create an image of a black hole.

  9. Animals

    Animal graveyard found in deeply buried Antarctic lake

    Mud from Antarctica’s Lake Mercer surprised scientists with what appeared to be the carcasses of tiny animals. A neighboring lake had only microbes.

  10. Tech

    Electro-tweezers let scientists safely probe cells

    These nanotweezers can sample the innards of cells without killing them. They use an electric field to net materials for study. And they are gentle enough to repeatedly probe the same cell.

  11. Tech

    Soft robots get their power from the skin they’re in

    A flexible electronic “skin” embedded with air pouches or coils can wrap around inanimate objects, turning them into handy robots.

  12. Chemistry

    Three take home chemistry Nobel for harnessing protein ‘evolution’

    New ways to create customized proteins for use in biofuels and medicines earned three researchers the 2018 Nobel Prize in chemistry.