Articles by

Maria Temming

Brown tree snakes use their tails as lassos to climb wide trees

Snakes do a lot more than slither. Some swim, while others sidewind across sand (SN: 10/9/14). Some...

Zinc-air batteries are typically single-use. A new design could change that

Zinc-air batteries have a lot going for them. They’re lightweight, compact and made of more sustainable, less...

A new iron-based catalyst converts carbon dioxide into jet fuel

Today, airplanes pump a lot of climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But someday, carbon dioxide sucked...

Ivory from a 16th century shipwreck reveals new details about African elephants

In 2008, miners off the coast of Namibia stumbled upon buried treasure: a sunken Portuguese ship known...

Here are 10 of Arecibo’s coolest achievements

The sun has set on the iconic Arecibo telescope. Since 1963, this behemoth radio telescope in Puerto Rico...

Why losing Arecibo is a big deal for astronomy

Edgard Rivera-Valentín first visited the Arecibo Observatory as a little kid. “I definitely remember this feeling of just...

Farming on Mars will be a lot harder than ‘The Martian’ made it seem

In the film The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) survives being stranded on the...

STEVE may be even less like typical auroras than scientists thought

The atmospheric light show nicknamed STEVE may be even weirder than skywatchers thought. STEVE, short for Strong Thermal...