Maria Temming

Assistant Editor, Science News Explores

Maria Temming is the assistant editor at Science News Explores. 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. Space

    NASA’s DART spacecraft crashed into an asteroid — on purpose

    This mission could provide a blueprint for how to deflect a killer asteroid, if one is ever found headed for Earth.

  2. Space

    Scientists Say: Telescope

    Almost everything we know about the universe around us, we know thanks to telescopes.

  3. Space

    Let’s learn about gravitational waves

    Gravitational waves offer scientists a new way to view extreme objects such as black holes and neutron stars.

  4. Life

    Scientists Say: Fungi

    Although some fungi can cause diseases, others can be eaten, used to make medicines or serve other useful functions.

  5. Animals

    How boa constrictors squeeze their prey without strangling themselves

    Tracking boas’ ribs in X-ray videos revealed the snakes’ squeezing secrets. It’s the latest Wild Things cartoon from Science News Explores.

  6. Fossils

    Ancient ‘ManBearPig’ mammal lived fast — and died young

    Developing in the womb for a while — but being born ready to take on the world — may have helped post-dinosaur mammals rise to dominance.

  7. Physics

    Scientists Say: Force

    When an object experiences a force, its change in motion — or acceleration — depends on its mass.

  8. Math

    Let’s learn about dealing with math anxiety

    Writing about math anxiety and maintaining a “growth mindset” can help soothe stress about the subject.

  9. Tech

    Scientists Say: LED

    LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, light up TV screens, traffic lights and many other devices used in daily life.

  10. Brain

    Scientists Say: Cognition

    Cognition is involved in all conscious mental activity, from thinking and reasoning to remembering.

  11. Brain

    Let’s learn about reading

    Reading can be fun — but it can also be really hard. New research is exploring how to make reading easier for people of all ability levels.

  12. Earth

    Scientists Say: Humidity

    Feel sticky when you step outside on a summer day? Blame humidity — water in the air.