Bethany Brookshire

Staff Writer, Science News for Students

Bethany Brookshire 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 the guest editor of The Open Laboratory Anthology of Science Blogging, 2009, and the winner of the Society for Neuroscience Next Generation Award and the Three Quarks Daily Science Writing Award, among others. She writes news and features and several series, including Technically Fiction, Scientists Say and Experiments.

All Stories by Bethany Brookshire

  1. Scientists Say: Mineral

    Minerals are chemical elements or compounds that form repeating crystal structures. Quartz is a mineral. Table salt is, too.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Olfactory

    Smell something? Thank your olfactory sense. Olfactory refers to anything having to do with smell.

  3. Animals

    Scientists Say: Hertz

    Frequency is how often something repeats over a period of time. Frequency is often measured in hertz, the number of times a cycle repeats each second.

  4. Physics

    Scientists Say: Big Bang

    The Big Bang is the current theory about how our universe came to be. It began with a vast explosion of matter — a very Big Bang.

  5. Life

    Scientists Say: Mitosis

    Mitosis is a type of cell division where one cell divides into two identical copies, called daughter cells.

  6. Animals

    Scientists Say: Hagfish

    Hagfish are eel-shaped fish with many traits that make them similar to long-vanished fossils. When threatened, they can pump out piles of slime.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Obesogens

    The chemicals can change how the body stores fat or how often someone feels hungry — increasing the risk for obesity.

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    Health & Medicine

    Fighting spider-fear with a little Spider-Man

    Many people are afraid of spiders or ants. Watching a movie clip with the critters in it might help make people more comfortable with them, a new study shows.

  9. Climate

    Scientists Say: Eyewall

    The calm center of a hurricane or other tropical cyclone is called the eye. But the worst winds and rain are around it, in the eyewall.

  10. Scientists Say: Ferrofluid

    Ferrofluids are liquids with tiny magnetic particles in them. These liquids respond to magnets.