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

    The first plants ever grown in moon dirt have sprouted

    This tiny garden shows farming on the moon may be difficult, although not impossible.

  2. Animals

    Let’s learn about amphibians

    Amphibians are named after the Greek word for “double life” because many transform from water dwellers to landlubbers as they grow up.

  3. Humans

    Scientists Say: Denisovan

    The Denisovans were a recently discovered population of ancient hominids.

  4. Physics

    Scientists Say: Inertia

    Inertia is the tendency of objects to resist changes in their motion.

  5. Humans

    Let’s learn about sleep

    Sleep is key for health and wellbeing — but early school start times and screen time make it harder for teens to get shuteye.

  6. Materials Science

    Scientists Say: Silicone

    Silicone is a generic term for a whole slew of humanmade polymers with many different forms and applications.

  7. Animals

    Scientists Say: Primate

    Primates are mammals that tend to have big brains, forward-facing vision, fingernails and flexible hands and feet.

  8. Brain

    Scientists Say: Stereoscopy

    Stereoscopy allows the brain to perceive the two 2-D images seen by the eyes as a 3-D scene.

  9. Science & Society

    A major science fair set these scientists on the path to STEM success

    Alumni of the International Science and Engineering Fair talk challenges and payoffs of competitive science.

  10. Science & Society

    What it’s like to compete in the science fair ‘Olympics’

    Four recent alumni of the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair share their experiences.

  11. Chemistry

    Let’s learn about cellulose

    The world’s most abundant natural polymer is finding all kinds of new uses, in everything from ice cream to construction.

  12. Math

    Scientists Say: Variable

    A variable is something that can be changed — such as a value in math, or a factor in an experiment.