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
Most Americans would welcome a microbial E.T.
People are more likely to welcome than be scared by new evidence pointing to extraterrestrial life, Americans report — at least if the E.T.’s are tiny.
How to tell if a drone is stalking you
Is a drone surveilling you? Scientists have figured out a way to tell when it’s streaming video of you or your home.
Smartphones put your privacy at risk
Smartphones have become essential companions. But they can leak data about you. In fact, the potential for invading your privacy is higher than you might think.
Scientists detect mystery void in Great Pyramid of Giza
Using high-tech tools normally reserved for studies in particle physics, scientists have found a large, hidden void inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza.
These robots quickly swap ‘origami’ jackets — and tasks
Quick-change origami wardrobes help robots change their shape — and skills.
Health & Medicine
How bugs in your gut might hijack your emotions
Tiny molecules in the brain may help bugs in the gut hijack people’s emotions. That’s the conclusion of some new research.
Meet the world’s smallest monster trucks
These DNA-scale nano-vehicles surprised chemists. The bonds that hold their atomic building blocks in place grip the wheels more strongly than anyone had expected.
This tiny animal is apocalypse-proof
Microscopic animals called water bears can survive nearly any kind of apocalypse, from asteroids and nuclear war to exploding stars.
Hotter air may lead planes to carry fewer passengers
Global warming could force airplanes to carry a lighter load on each flight. This could mean fewer passengers can fly on each plane.
Hot, hot planet sets sizzling new record
Astronomers have discovered an odd new exoplanet. Called KELT 9b, is the hottest non-star known.