Bethany Brookshire

Bethany Brookshire was a longtime staff writer at Science News Explores and is the author of the book Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains. 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. Plants

    Scientists Say: Xylem

    How do trees ferry water from the soil to branches hundreds of feet in the air? This week’s word is the answer.

  2. Cooking up a Broadcom win

    Students who improved microwave ovens and built calculating apps took home big awards at the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS.

  3. Materials Science

    Scientists Say: Kevlar

    Many people hear Kevlar and think of body armor. But this polymer is in so much more.

  4. Plants

    Scientists Say: Urushiol

    Poison ivy looks harmless, but its oil, urushiol, is not. This is the plant’s oil that leaves an itchy rash or blisters on your skin.

  5. Animals

    Weed killers may go from plant to pooch

    Dogs love to roll around in the grass. But if there is weed killer around, it could end up on — and in — our furry pals.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Virulence

    The virulence of a germ is a measure of its potential to cause disease.

  7. Physics

    Scientists Say: Quantum

    Quantum seems like a very complex word. But really, it’s a term used for something very, very small.

  8. Physics

    Scientists Say: Viscosity

    We know some liquids are thick and some are thin. This week’s word describes the property of these liquids to resist tension or pressure.

  9. Physics

    Scientists Say: Torque

    Some forces pull and some push. This force produces turning or twisting.

  10. Science & Society

    Scientists Say: Social

    Social is a single word used in many ways. But whether it’s social media or social order, social describes how we interact.

  11. Genetics

    Scientists Say: Loci

    The DNA in our bodies contains thousands of genes, all with different functions. We use a special word for their location.

  12. Genetics

    Scientists Say: Allele

    What makes your eyes green or brown? Different versions of the same gene. We call these alternative forms by a separate name.