Newfound Evidence Changes Chocolate’s History

The origins of chocolate, at least until last week, dated back about 3,500 years ago to civilizations in Mexico and Central America. But now, thanks to newfound evidence, cacao’s history actually begins 1,500 years earlier in South America. Tests run on the bowls, mortars and jars found in the highlands of Ecuador—in the area known as Santa Ana-La Florida—proved traces of cacao remained. This confirms a …

Leonardo Magnani: The Voyage 2014

Tracing the steps of Charles Darwin for the sake of expansive public art pieces

In his four years traveling the globe, Charles Darwin filled notebook upon notebook of observations and experiences—enough source material for the scientist to pen “On the Origin of Species.” Now, Florentine artist Leonardo Magnani hopes to retrace those steps, traveling to the Galapagos Islands to create a visual diary of everything that unfolds. While he doesn’t plan to author a scientific study on evolution, he …