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 American, Sky & Telescope and NOVA Next. She’s also a former staff writer at Science News.
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All Stories by Maria Temming
Let’s learn about the science of language
The languages we speak may help shape how we see, smell and hear the world around us.
Scientists Say: Möbius strip
Möbius strips may be easy to make, but they have some pretty mind-bending properties.
Health & Medicine
Fentanyl deaths have spiked among U.S. kids and teens. Here’s what to know
A pediatrician discusses how teens can protect themselves and their friends from this extremely deadly drug.
Let’s learn about how wildfires keep ecosystems healthy
Wildfires are so important for many ecosystems that sometimes professionals set them on purpose.
Scientists Say: Altitude
Altitude is used to describe heights in geography, astronomy and math.
Let’s learn about Jupiter’s moons
Jupiter has nearly 100 known moons — some of which look like prime spots to search for alien life.
Scientists Say: Magnetism
Magnetism is an aspect of one of the four fundamental forces of nature: electromagnetism.
Let’s learn about frogs
Frogs are a fascinating bunch of amphibians. Unfortunately, they’re also dying off in huge numbers.
Scientists Say: Hardware and Software
Hardware includes all the physical parts of a device you can hold. Software includes all the coded instructions to make that hardware work.
These lemurs take nose-picking to a new level
A nose-picking aye-aye’s spindly middle digit probably pokes all the way into the back of the throat, CT scans show.
Health & Medicine
Scientists Say: Kidney
The kidneys remove waste and excess water from the blood, forming urine.
A powerful laser can control the paths that lightning takes
In a mountaintop experiment, a laser beamed at the sky created a virtual lightning rod that snagged several bolts.