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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Physics

    The perfect spaghetti snap starts with a twist

    A spaghetti-snapping machine helped scientists find the secret to cleanly breaking pasta in half: First, give it a twist.

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    Scientists enlist computers to hunt down fake news

    Who can you trust? What can you believe? Scrolling through a news feed can make it hard to decide what’s real from what’s not. Computers, however, tend to do better.

  7. Computing

    Computers can now make fool-the-eye fake videos

    Hackers can now use computers to move facial expressions (and more) from someone in one video to a person in another. The results look totally real, ushering in a whole new type of fakery.

  8. Psychology

    Are you scared of heights? Virtual reality could help

    Virtual reality may help people battle a real-world fear of heights.

  9. Space

    The Parker Solar Probe aims to touch the sun

    The Parker Solar Probe is about to make a historic voyage to the sun.

  10. Tech

    Getting road-trip ready, and no driver needed

    Most self-driving cars are city drivers. This one’s made for the open road.