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 was a 2019-2020 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, 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. Humans

    Let’s learn about early humans

    Homo sapiens are the last member left of our genus. But many other species of early humans existed before us.

  2. Space

    Scientists Say: Solar

    What do solar energy, the solar year and solar flares have in common? They’re all related to the sun.

  3. Chemistry

    Let’s learn about batteries

    Many things in our lives rely on batteries. Here’s how scientists are working to make new ones — and make existing batteries safer.

  4. Explainer: What are logarithms and exponents?

    Mathematics provides a means of tracking, comparing and expressing data that vary broadly in scale.

  5. Animals

    To figure out your dog’s ‘real’ age, you’ll need a calculator

    What’s your dog’s human-equivalent age? Just multiply how old it is times seven, right? Uh, no. And here’s why.

  6. Archaeology

    Scientists Say: Archaeology

    People leave things where they’ve been — old buildings, trash heaps and human skeletons. Archaeology is the study of those left-behind things.

  7. Earth

    Let’s learn about volcanoes

    Volcanoes bring melted rock up to a planet’s surface.

  8. Ecosystems

    Scientists Say: Deforestation

    Trees slurp up carbon dioxide and help keep our planet cool. But deforestation cuts those trees down in large numbers.

  9. Planets

    Let’s learn about exoplanets

    Exoplanets are planets outside of our solar system. Scientists are finding out more about them than ever before.

  10. Physics

    Scientists Say: Microgravity

    Gravity is a force that brings objects together. But when those objects get far away, the force feels small. It feels like microgravity.