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. 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.

  2. Fossils

    This tiny dinosaur is officially T. rex’s cousin

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.