Maria Temming

Staff Writer, Physical Sciences, Science News

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. Tech

    AI can learn real-world skills by playing video games

    Video games are helping AI systems work together and adapt to real-world situations.

  2. Physics

    Tiny new magnets are not only squishy but also liquid

    Researchers have just created liquid droplets that behave like tiny bar magnets. The movement of these external magnets might help control robots and more.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Fossils

    This tiny dinosaur is officially T. rex’s cousin

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.