Bethany Brookshire was a longtime staff writer at Science News Explores. 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 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.

All Stories by Bethany Brookshire

  1. Life

    Your face is mighty mite-y. And that’s a good thing

    Tiny face mites live in our pores, getting food and shelter in return for eating our skin waste. A new study shows they can’t live without us.

  2. Animals

    Monstrous mammals would break the body rules

    Giant mammals and people thunder through our movies and books. But real mammals can only get so large before they can’t take the heat.

  3. Physics

    Explainer: Gravity and microgravity

    The force of gravity holds us on the ground, keeps planets in orbit and extends throughout space. A very weak gravitational pull is called microgravity.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Weight shaming is literally sickening

    Many people think it’s okay to shame people for their weight. Not only is that cruel, but it also can harm their mental and physical health.

  5. Materials Science

    Scientists Say: Aerosol

    Aerosols are tiny bits of solids or drops of liquids suspended in gas. Aerosols include mist, fog and soot, as well as pollution from fossil fuels.

  6. Chemistry

    Scientists Say: Oxidation and Reduction

    Oxidation and reduction are two parts of a chemical process in which one atom steals electrons from another.

  7. Physics

    Scientists Say: Mass

    Mass shows how much an object resists speeding up or slowing down when force is applied — a measure of how much matter is in it.

  8. Environment

    Warming cities may see more rain — and frequent flooding

    Scientists are seeking to understand why and how to mop up excess precipitation.

  9. Environment

    Explainer: Urban heat islands and how to cool them

    Cities transform landscapes covered in plants to ones covered in heat-absorbing asphalt and concrete. But ways exist to cool these urban heat islands.

  10. Earth

    Stores and malls buy into ponds and rain gardens for flood control

    An extra bonus: These rainy-day ponds clean up that dirty water running off parking lots.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Nicotine

    Nicotine is an addictive substance found in tobacco plants. It's what makes it so difficult to quit smoking or vaping.

  12. Chemistry

    Scientists Say: Bond

    In chemistry, this attachment between atoms forms because of the power of attraction. Chemical bonds make up every solid object on Earth.