Drenched, simply drenched last night

Tuesday morning gave a few clues about what would follow during the night.

Unusually heavy rainstorm for October GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The skies opened last night along the shores of Lake Geneva and even if you were indoors you couldn’t help but notice the deluge. Lausanne had 73 litres/m2 and Geneva 70 in less than 12 hours, says MeteoSwiss. Pully appears to have been hardest hit, with 74 […]

Animal population drops 52% in 40 years

WWF Living Planet Report 2014 Cover

WWF’s Living Planet Report says Latin America worst hit GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Animal life is disappearing from the planet at a more alarming rate than previously believed, the latest WWF report, Living Planet 2014, indicates, with 52 percent of the animal population disappearing in the past 40 years. The rate leaps to 80 percent in […]

Happy birthday Cern (history video)

Aerial view Cern - Photo Cern

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – This week is the big 60th birthday for Cern, although celebrations started months ago and will continue for several more weeks. In today’s context of scientific excellence it is easy to forget that the organization was created in the aftermath of the second world war with twin goals. Cern officials have been […]

Record September, warm and sunny

Storm arriving in Lake Geneva area, 9 September, early evening

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Conversations about 2014 weather still open with the wet and cold summer, but September was the warmest and sunniest one compared to a 30-year baseline measure. Meteoswiss’s monthly bulletin, issued 29 September, notes that on average it was 1C warmer than the 1981-2010 period and that precipitation throughout the country was well […]

Go-ahead for electronic devices during entire air trip

Air passengers will soon be able to remain connected electronically, gate to gate

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) is now allowing airlines to authorize use of cell phones gate-to-gate, the organization said Friday 26 September. The new ruling allows airlines to begin the assessment process to determine how they will ensure safety while allowing devices to be used, which means implementing the new regulation […]

Swiss musings over Snowden: could versus would

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Swiss media last week stirred around the possibility or likelihood that Switzerland could or would invite Edward Snowden to visit the country from his base in Russia to help investigations into US spying. The cause for the sudden renewed interest in Snowden was a leaked government document that laid […]

Forward march! Le Temps shifts gears (update)

Stéphane Benoit-Godet, new editor at Le Temps

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It all happened very quickly, once Comco, the competition authority, gave the final approval for publishing house Ringier to take over Le Temps, the quality newspaper in French-speaking Switzerland. Tuesday the managing editor and editor-in-chief, Valérie Boagno and Pierre Veya, quit. Wednesday, Stéphane Benoit Godet, currently editor-in-chief of Bilan news magazine, was […]

1st Street View Trekker images of high Alps online

Street View Trekker screenshot, on the trail to the Lauterhütte (source: Google Switzerland)

“Street views” of high Alps and huts beckon trekkers ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The first images are now online from a joint project by the Swiss Alpine Club, Google, My Switzerland (Swiss tourism office) and the Rhaetian Railways, showing magnificent views of the high Alps taken by the Google View Trekker. The Trekker is part of […]

Swiss top competitiveness rankings again

Rolex Learning Centre-EPFL-1

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland has been named the world’s most competitive nation by the World Economic Forum, for the sixth year running. Singapore is again in second place. Rankings The WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, which surveys 144 economies, says the “global economy seems to be finally leaving behind the worst and longest-lasting financial and […]

New synthetic amino acid – promising for medicine

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The EPFL in Lausanne has developed an amino acid that has the ability to modify the 3D structure of therapeutic peptides. Peptides with the new amino acid could potentially become a new class of therapeutics in medical treatments, says the polytechnic institute. “Insertion of the amino acid into bioactive peptides enhanced their […]