Tag Archives: history

A curious eighteenth century travelling theodolite

An old topographic compass displayed in a showroom at the Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences (MAST) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Fig. 1), took my curiosity namely because of its resemblance to a theodolite described by

Meat traditions (and the co-evolution of humans and meat)

If food is indeed “good to think”, as in Lévi-Strauss’ famous maxim, then meat seems to be the supreme example. Meat is truly about us. Besides, the way we deal with meat needs urgent reconsideration due to

Is HDL cholesterol always good for you? Surprises, overturns and promises

According to the World Health Organization, coronary heart disease is a major cause of death worldwide. In 2008, 17.3 million people died from heart disease, and this number is expected to rise further, reaching an estimated of