Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Absence

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Reading Time: 1 minute I asked my daughter if she believed “cold” exists. She said yes, and I told her that, in fact, there’s no such thing as “cold.” Cold is the absence of heat. Then, she said something unexpected.

If time doesn’t stretch, what does?

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Reading Time: 1 minute As I was designing my day, there was so much I wanted to accomplish this week and I don’t know how to fit it all. I wanted time to stretch, but how could I do it without defying the second law of thermodynamics?

Thoughtful writing

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Reading Time: 1 minute Why would an audience understand the real value of research through a Tweet, with a limited number of words? Maybe yes, maybe not. I think there’s a better way.

Are 800,000 years enough?

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Reading Time: 1 minute Why would nature give us the intelligence to understand its dynamics, while destroying itself, simultaneously, because our lack of using the intelligence given? Though question to understand?

Slow down

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Reading Time: 1 minute Is there anything more enjoyable and rewarding than a silent and refreshing moment of pause? Slow down. What we learn is how to achieve greater awareness of our surroundings.

Were we prepared for the digital revolution?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the most important lessons I learned while doing my Ph.D. was to take good care of preparing anything from an experiment to a presentation. When technologies emerged like the iPhone and iPad, I was fascinated and embraced the workflow they provided. But was I prepared for what came next?

Minutes of your life

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Reading Time: 1 minute This past Sunday I deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts, the only social media platforms I interacted with. Why?

Learn to avoid having your brain hacked

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Reading Time: 1 minute Companies building apps are – literally- hacking your brain. Have you noticed? Me neither.

It’s never too late to stop thinking too little of yourself

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Those who seek the minimums, think too little of themselves. When we nurture a learning mind, we don’t aspire for minimums but overcome the maximum resistance which deviates our potential from what it is capable of reaching.

Learning through mystery

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Reading Time: 1 minute Mysteries are hidden realities. Enigmas are problems we can solve, but I would distinguish them from mysteries.