Bethany Brookshire

Bethany Brookshire

Staff Writer, Science News for Students

Bethany Brookshire is the staff writer at Science News for Students. She has a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in philosophy from The College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is also a host on the podcast Science for the People, and a 2019-2020 MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow.

All Stories by Bethany Brookshire

  1. food

    50 years ago, folate deficiency was linked to birth defects

    50 years ago, scientists found that a lack of folic acid in pregnant women could cause birth defects. But now, how much is too much?

  2. astrocyte

    The brain’s helper cells have a hand in learning fear

    After a traumatic experience, rat brains release inflammatory signals that come from astrocytes, suggesting a new role for the brain’s “helper” cells.

  3. man in superhero costume striking a power pose

    Whether psychology research is improving depends on whom you ask

    Psychologists are pessimistic about the state of their field but want to improve, a survey shows. But are new measures working?

  4. S-3 Viking aircraft

    50 years ago, engineers tried catching commercial planes in nets

    Fifty years ago, aviation experts tried helping commercial aircraft come to a stop during landing by catching them in massive nets. The idea crash-landed for commercial flights, but it’s still used in the military.

  5. container of artificial sweetener

    Two artificial sweeteners together take the bitter out of bittersweet

    Some artificial sweeteners are well known for their bitter aftertastes. But saccharin and cyclamate are better together, and now scientists know why.

  6. nuclear power plant in Stade, Germany

    50 years ago, West Germany embraced nuclear power

    In 1967, Germany gave nuclear power a try. Today, the country is trading nukes for renewables.

  7. yellow sea snake

    This sea snake looks like a banana and hunts like a Slinky

    A newly identified sea snake subspecies is known to live in a single gulf off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

  8. social networking
    Science & Society

    On social media, privacy is no longer a personal choice

    Data from the now-defunct social platform Friendster show that even people not on social media have predictable qualities.

  9. MRSA
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, antibiotic resistance alarms went unheeded

    Scientists have worried about antibiotic resistance for decades.

  10. microglia
    Health & Medicine

    Researchers stumble onto a new role for breast cancer drug

    At first, ophthalmologist Xu Wang thought her experiment had failed. But instead, she revealed a new role for the breast cancer drug tamoxifen — protection from eye injury.

  11. runners

    Running is contagious among those with the competitive bug

    Can behaviors really be contagious? Runners log more miles when their friends do — especially if they want to stay leader of the pack, a new study finds.

  12. tiny mouse skull

    How the house mouse tamed itself

    When people began to settle down, animals followed. Some made successful auditions as our domesticated species. Others — like mice — became our vermin, a new study shows.