Adventures in Science

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Defying the laws of nature. Again.
On the possibility of resurrecting extinct species.

Review: Drugs in Sport
In which I was recruited to review an event about sport, despite knowing nothing about the topic.

The Creature That Has Never Been Seen
Paleodictyon nodosum: a living fossil; never seen?

Attack of the (Robot) Bees!
Biologists are increasingly turning to robots to help them understand the animal mind. Here, I outline the advantages of this approach, and quote The Lion King.

Dogs Tell Tails
Do you own a dog? Is it wagging its tail at you? If so, you are looking at a powerful symbol of evolution, brain structure and raw emotion. Honest.

How Well Do You Know Antarctica?
It's not all cold, it's teeming with life and it's surprisingly green: the other side of Antarctica.

Travelling Through Time
The science of DOCTOR WHO! feat. pandas

Selected Writing

See also pages tagged 'Science' at both blogs

But How Do They Know...?

...the last common ancestor of gorillas and humans lived 10 million years ago?

...those beef burgers contained horse meat DNA?

Science correspondent

I was the inuagural science correspondent for the University of Birmingham student newspaper Redbrick. Here's what we managed to publish with no notice and only one term left until graduation:

The science of sleep | Radiation poisoning | Twins
The advantages of space travel | Skin cancer | Global warming
The psychology of Stockholm Syndrome | Animal testing 


Bishop, S. When autumn falls. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 10, 238-239 (2009)

Bishop, S. A fertility network. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 10, 443 (2009)

(I blogged on scientific writing conventions to assist understanding of these Highlight articles: see Jingo Jargon)

Hidalgo, A., Kato, K., Sutcliffe, B., McIlroy, G., Bishop, S. & AlAhmed, S. Trophic neuron-glia interactions and cell number adjustments in the fruit fly. Glia 59, 1296- 1303 (2011)


I have produced materials for a number of talks, workshops and outreach activities. Resources that can be made public will be linked to below.

A Christmas lecture presented to 300 Year 7 (ages 11-12) pupils, co-written and presented by Alex Gavin (left), Paul Coleman, Jennifer Morris, Mei-Ann Lim and myself. Click the link for explanations, setup and videos.

Using Twitter as a Doctoral Researcher
A #tgsfridays lecture for the University of Birmingham
Graduate School. Hosted by SlideShare.

- Nervous system crossword
- Genetics crossword
- Mendelian genetics puzzle

The Animal Pairs Game
An activity on the theme of taxonomy and animal classification, for all ages. Hosted by SlideShare.