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Bethany Brookshire

Staff Writer, Science News for Students, 2013–2021

Bethany Brookshire was the staff writer at Science News for Students from 2013 to 2021. 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 is also a host on the podcast Science for the People, and a 2019-2020 MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow.

All Stories by Bethany Brookshire

  1. A house mouse eating on the ground
    Animals

     A natural gene drive could steer invasive rodents on islands to extinction

    A few genetic tweaks to a readily passed-on chunk of DNA could sterilize a mouse population, eliminating them in as little as 25 years.
  2. A car's headlights reveal a deer crossing a two-lane road, with deer crossing signs in the background.
    Animals

     Deer-vehicle collisions spike when daylight saving time ends

    In the week after much of the United States turns the clock back, scientists found a 16 percent increase in crashes between vehicles and deer.
  3. A collared mountain lion and her three cubs in a wooded area at night
    Animals

     Mountain lions pushed out by wildfires take more risks

    A study tracking mountain lions showed that after an intense burn, the big cats crossed roads more often, raising the risk of becoming roadkill.
  4. photo of natural gas flares in the foreground at the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin in North Dakota in 2021
    Climate

     Gas flares are leaking five times as much methane than previously thought

    The flares burn off methane at 91 percent efficiency. Achieving 98 percent efficiency would be like taking nearly 3 million cars off the road.
  5. A monkey munches on a banana
    Animals

    Mary Roach’s new book ‘Fuzz’ explores the ‘criminal’ lives of animals

    In “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law,” author Mary Roach profiles mugging monkeys, thieving bears and other animal outlaws.
  6. Woman with sweat stain
    Humans

     ‘The Joy of Sweat’ will help you make peace with perspiration

    Dripping with science and history, a new book by science journalist Sarah Everts seeks to take the stigma off sweat.
  7. a balloon being filled with helium
    Science & Society

     50 years ago, the United States wanted to deflate the helium stockpile

    An attempt to dismantle the Federal Helium Reserve in 1971 failed. Fifty years later, the U.S. government is still determined to run out of gas.
  8. street light in a suburban neighborhood
    Animals

     Dim lighting may raise the risk of a West Nile virus exposure

    Dimly lit nights increased risk of West Nile virus exposure in chickens. Artificial light proved a better predictor of risk than population or paving.
  9. archaeological structures from ancient city of Çatalhöyük
    Archaeology

     A tour of ‘Four Lost Cities’ reveals modern ties to ancient people

    In the book 'Four Lost Cities,' author Annalee Newitz uses cities of the past to show what might happen to cities in the future.
  10. an illustration of a Brontosaurus
    Animals

     50 years ago, scientists made the case for a landlubbing Brontosaurus

    In 1971, a scientist argued for a landbound Brontosaurus instead of a swampy swimmer. Recent evidence comes from studies of its ancient environment.
  11. sea fireflies
    Climate

     Ocean acidification may make some species glow brighter

    Ocean organisms use bioluminescence for hunting, defense and more. A new analysis shows that declines in water pH might change who glows and how much.
  12. a microscopic image showing the sickle curved shape of blood cells
    Health & Medicine

     50 years ago, urea showed promise as a sickle-cell treatment

    In 1970, scientists found the first treatment for sickle-cell disease. 50 years later, they’re trying to cure it with CRISPR.