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. Microbes

    Teens swipe a door handle and find an antibiotic

    Three teens swabbed a smartphone, a door handle and a hand dryer. The new bacterium they turned up can kill other types of germs.

  2. Scientists Say: Naloxone

    This drug can save people who have overdosed on opioids, such as fentanyl and oxycodone.

  3. Physics

    Scientists Say: Light pollution

    Light pollution is when artificial light shines into places that are normally dark. It can disrupt the lives of plants, animals and people.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Myopia

    Myopia is nearsightedness, where people have trouble seeing far away objects. This happens if someone’s eyes are slightly oval, instead of perfect spheres.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Neutrophil

    Neutrophils are the first cells to arrive when an infection takes hold. They can trap, eat and spew out chemicals that fight bad bacteria.

  6. Animals

    Let’s turn a genie blue

    Aladdin’s genie is very magical. He’s also blue. What might explain that? Nature has some tricks on offer.

  7. Animals

    Bats in the attic prompt boys to create a better bat detector

    When a teen learned he had 700 bats in his attic, he decided to develop a better bat detector.

  8. Computing

    Novel fabric could turn perspiration into power

    Sweat cools people by evaporating. A teen now wants to use it to generate electricity as well.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Sea urchins inspired a strong new medical staple

    Teens combined forces to study how a sea urchin spine might inspire a better medical staple.

  10. Animals

    Scientists Say: Guinea worm

    Scientists and health care workers are working to eradicate this parasite, which causes a painful condition called Guinea worm disease.