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. statistics
    Science & Society

     Statisticians want to abandon science’s standard measure of ‘significance’

    For years, scientists have declared P values of less than 0.05 to be “statistically significant.” Now statisticians are saying the cutoff needs to go.
  2. working out
    Health & Medicine

     ‘Good to Go’ tackles the real science of sports recovery

    In ‘Good to Go,’ science writer Christie Aschwanden puts science — and herself — to the test for the sake of sports recovery.
  3. The End carved in sand on the beach

    This blog is dead. Long live the blog.

    Blogs are synonymous with the early internet. But what is a blog, and what has it become? A blog is a platform. And this one, Scicurious, is now gone.
  4. woman staring at cake

     Sometimes a failure to replicate a study isn’t a failure at all

    Ego depletion is one of the most well-known concepts in social psychology. A recent study can’t confirm an old one showing it exists. Who is right? Probably everyone.
  5. Nine-banded armadillo

     50 years ago, armadillos hinted that DNA wasn’t destiny

    Nine-banded armadillos have identical quadruplets. But the youngsters aren’t identical enough, and scientists 50 years ago could not figure out why.
  6. sea otter

     50 years ago, atomic testing created otter refugees

    Nuclear testing on the island of Amchitka caused hundreds of otters to be rehomed 50 years ago. Those hundreds have grown into thousands.
  7. heart transplant surgery
    Health & Medicine

     50 years ago, a pessimistic view for heart transplants

    Surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human-to-human heart transplant in 1967. In 1968, he predicted that patients would survive five years at best. Fortunately, he was wrong.
  8. circle of people on personal electronic devices
    Science & Society

     For popularity on Twitter, partisanship pays

    Pundits claim that we’re all living in political echo chambers. A new study shows that, on Twitter at least, they’re right.
  9. woman at lab bench
    Science & Society

     Women and men get research grants at equal rates — if women apply in the first place

    When women get research funding, they’ll stay funded as long as their male counterparts. But getting to the top of that heap is a challenge.
  10. in vitro fertilization

     50 years ago, scientists took baby steps toward selecting sex

    In 1968, scientists figured out how to determine the sex of rabbit embryos.
  11. a superconducting magnetic-levitation train in Japan

     50 years ago, a Japanese scientist dreamed up a rocket-propelled train

    50 years ago, a Japanese engineer tried rocket boosters on a train. Today, high-speed trains propelled by superconducting magnets are being tested.
  12. photo illustration of chess hierarchy
    Science & Society

     Fighting sexual harassment in science may mean changing science itself

    Sexual harassment is disturbingly prevalent in academia. But a course correction may involve tearing down the hierarchy that makes science run.