The Bald Scientist

I loooooove invertebrates …

In general, for a variety of technical and physiological reasons, terrestrial invertebrates do not tend to grow very large. Here is one of the coolest exceptions: Picture credit: Dr. F. de Waal FB page This beauty is the Giant African Land Snail. It is considered an invasive species (and pest) in some places, but from …

A Heartfelt Apology

  A few days ago, I reposted on a social media website a cartoon from a fellow blogger, a picture that looked like this (“redacted” for soon so be obvious reasons): This post brought some strong reactions from friends and acquaintances. In at least one case, I was publicly subject to some strong, harsh, and …

Another uplifting Oldie: A wonderful “Thank You” card…

Here’s another one to lift our spirits… ~~~ Over the years, several students have surprised me with thoughtful “Thank you” notes, sometimes just to show appreciation for a semester of study, or because I wrote a recommendation letter on their behalf when they are applying to grad school, medical school, etc. These kind notes always …

An uplifting and updated oldie: A Break in the Clouds of Autism

I do do not know about you, but I needed something to cheer me up. I hope you like this one… ~~~~ ***Warning*** -Please read the post before commenting… -I love my son, but I hate what autism does to him. For more of my thoughts on this matter, please go here. -I will unceremoniously …

Book Review: We are all stardust

We Are All Stardust: Scientists Who Shaped Our World Talk about Their Work, Their Lives, and What They Still Want to Know. Stefan Klein (Author), Ross Benjamin (Translator) Kindle Edition This is a most entertaining book, ideal for when you want a refreshing read, not to light, not too deep, but just right. Since it …

Deleted the post grrrr

I am sorry, I accidentally deleted my post “Selling your soul to the lowest bidder”… I am very sorry! If by any chance any of you saved it and could send me he text I would love it… thanks! orpagan@yahoo.com ~~~ **If you like what I write, kindly spread the word about this blog! **For …

Children are off limits!

Sadly, to know life is to know pain. This is an aspect of our biology that is fully integrated into the very fabric of the human condition, although as we will see soon, we are certainly not the only living things that experience pain. We are not the only living beings who suffer because of […]

Got pain?

Sadly, to know life is to know pain. This is an aspect of our biology that is fully integrated into the very fabric of the human condition, although as we will see soon, we are certainly not the only living things that experience pain. We are not the only living beings who suffer because of …

We published our 21st scientific paper!

Sorry guys, I simply forgot to do this. For the last few months my mind has been occupied with a series of well, thoughts… Back to business! Last October, the Pagán’s Lab #21 paper was published! Picture credit: Pubmed For a list of all my papers please click HERE. There are at least 4 more papers …

Why I write about science – 2017 Edition

Sometimes it is very difficult to explain how an idea is born. This is the case for my idea of start writing the Baldscientist blog. Scientists are educators, period. I don’t care if a significant portion of my colleagues do not describe themselves as such. When you do real science, whatever you discover adds up …

Book Review: Monsters Among Us by Linda Godfrey

A confession: I love Forteana!!! Yes, I do, I love UFOs, I love mysteries, and I even (used to) love Ancient Aliens (gasp!). I love watching “bigfoot” TV shows and I always joke with my wife that I am the idiot who stays tuned when they go to commercials right after saying “COMING UP NEXT: …

Coming up in 2017

To say that 2016 was a weird year at both the personal and worldwide senses is quite an understatement. I won’t comment on anything about the weirdness, as I want to keep my blood pressure at healthy levels. What I will say is that a lot of good things happened to me this year, thankfully, …

The Scientist and the Angry Atheists

Hello guys! It has been some time since I have posted anything. Today, I am updating one of my most popular blogposts, reflecting some of my recent thoughts. Incidentally, be on the lookout for some brand new posts, including some very good news (Hint: It is about the publication of my second book, this one is …

This is what writers live for… A story about “The First Brain”

Hello again! I wanted to tell you a wonderful story that warms my heart as an educator as well as a writer. It is about my book The First Brain. I have a good friend who is also an educator. More, he is the kind of educator that counts the most, as he has the immense responsibility …

Book Review: Finding God in the Waves

Book Review: Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue It’s funny. As I was reading this book I felt very much like I was riding a proverbial wave; up-and-down, up-and down, which reflected my feelings of blissful hope followed by terrifying despair. I think the author captured exactly what many of us “hopeful agnostics” go …

Our latest paper on planarians!!!!

Cotinine antagonizes the behavioral effects of nicotine exposure in the planarian Girardia tigrina… (:-)… ~~~Wanna see a list of all my papers? Click HERE. ~~ **If you like what I write, kindly spread the word about this blog! **I am a published writer! For my Amazon author page, click here. **Want to see more of the …

“The voice of the Heart” – Updated and a new cover…

Hello world! Just to let you know that my short story The Voice of the Heart has been updated with a little more than 100 words, some editing and a brand new cover! Check it out! ~~ **If you like what I write, kindly spread the word about this blog! **I am a published writer! For …

Am I a grown-up scientist now? (;-)

Please forgive in advance this shamelessly self-promoting “mini-post”. I was reviewing my “to-do” list and I noted that academically, I am working on: **Six research papers… **Two research review articles… **A popular science book… **A possible textbook… **A (gasp!) children’s book… Am I a grown-up scientist now? (:-)   ~~ **If you like what I …

Papers Submitted!

Whohooo! Feels good to be back in the saddle. I almost forgot how much I love analyzing data… (:-). If accepted, these would be papers #21 and #22 of the Pagan lab! (:-) ~~ **If you like what I write, kindly spread the word about this blog! **I am a published writer! For my Amazon author …

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