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Don Quixotech in New Laputa
  1. Luis David Castiel1,
  2. Paulo Roberto Vasconcellos-Silva2
  1. 1Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. 2Instituto Nacional do Cancer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrLuis David Castiel
 Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Rua Leopoldo Bulhões 1480 sala 802, Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro 22040-010, Brazil; luis.castiel{at}

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There is an island in the Northern Pacific called New Laputa, which floats on air through magnetic levitation. The inhabitants take a rational and empirical approach to reality. Researchers from New Laputa are dedicated to producing categories, classifications, models and techniques in order to conduct increasingly elaborate research.

The principal concerns in New Laputa are now different from those in Old Laputa, where priorities had related to theoretical science, mainly mathematics, astronomy and technology.1 In New Laputa interest is now focused on scientific research and the production of technologies, in addition to the search for constant improvements in …

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