Articles by

Maria Temming

Most of Mars’ missing water may lurk in its crust

An ocean’s worth of water may be lurking in minerals below Mars’ surface, which could help explain...

To understand how ‘night-shining’ clouds form, scientists made one themselves

NASA’s Super Soaker mission was basically an extreme DIY project: To better understand how noctilucent, or night-shining...

A new laser-based random number generator is the fastest of its kind

By normal standards, the design for a new laser is a total dud. Rather than producing a...

50 years ago, scientists were on a quest for quarks

More about partons — Science News, February 13, 1971 Experiments in which protons and neutrons were...

An ancient Egyptian mummy was wrapped in an unusual mud shell

An unusual mud-wrapped mummy is leading archaeologists to rethink how nonroyal Egyptians preserved their dead. CT scans...

Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills

It feels good to recycle. There’s a certain sense of accomplishment that comes from dutifully sorting soda...

Space station detectors found the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning

Scientists have finally gotten a clear view of the spark that sets off an exotic type of...

The most ancient supermassive black hole is bafflingly big

The most ancient black hole ever discovered is so big it defies explanation. This active supermassive black...