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

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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 […]

Weather forecasts, climate predictions come together

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One thousand world specialists in the two fields of meteorology (weather) and climate change met in Montreal, Canada 16 to 21 August for the first World Weather Open Science conference. The meeting was designed to advance the use of science in the field of weather forecasting, but it also underscored a significant […]

Geneva: gale warnings, Zurich: steady rain

Zurich rooftops, Seefeld area, steady rain falling

Weather forecast everywhere is damp, damp, damp GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weather forecasters are handing us a package of rain and more rain for the rest of the week and through the weekend. Zurich’s European Athletics Championships are getting a drenching and MeteoSwiss has just issued gale warnings (winds under 100kph) for Geneva, but not […]

Super moon offers bright spot during damp summer

Supermoon over Turtmann and St Luc, canton Valais

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The super moon (perigee) that appeared Sunday to Monday night before a fresh pack of rain clouds hid it, was one of those that appears larger than usual because the Earth and the moon are closer together. The moon was 357,000 kilometres away last night, compared to the more normal 384,400 km, […]

News roundup: damp days, fireworks, festivals, runners

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Fêtes de Genève/Geneva Festival is in full swing, with sunshine back on the agenda. If you haven’t yet visited the Luminarium, be sure to do so – walk through a bit of pure magic with light and colour. The big fireworks display is Saturday 9 August at 22:00, with a theme […]

Swiss environmental impact abroad rising

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The good news is that Swiss consumers have significantly reduced their environmental impact in recent years. The bad news is that it’s being exported to others countries. A study by the federal government, released 29 July, shows that between 1996 and 2011 the environmental impact of Swiss consumers on the environment outside […]