Put the clock on your calendar

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A reminder that we move to summer time Sunday 28 March at 02:00. We push forward our clocks, by one hour. Put it on your calendar now!

Solar flights, the eclipse and the equinox

At 10:00, the light is already eerie from the solar eclipse, which will be about 75% half an hour later

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A reminder that the partial solar eclipse today began at 09:25 in western Switzerland and will last for a little over two hours. The maximum, when the sun is about 75% hidden by the moon, will be from 10:30 to 10:36. Do wear special eclipse protection glasses if you’re planning to observe […]

Pollution level rises, Geneva speeds drop

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Allow more time to drive around Geneva on its ring road, where authorities have just put the speed limit down to 80 kph due to pollution levels. Monday the lower speed was recommending but Tuesday it was officially restricted, as fine particles in the air reached 50 micrograms per cubic metre. Geneva […]

Solar eclipse Friday: health warnings

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland will be able to view a partial solar eclipse starting at about 9:30 Friday 20 March, weather permitting. Federal health authorities are reminding people of the importance of taking safety measures. Do not look at the sun, even during an eclipse, without special glasses that you can obtain in pharmacies. Cardboard […]

EPFL researchers caution over antiobiotics

More study into impact on cell mitochondria (“powerhouses”) called for LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Researchers at Swiss and Dutch universities are calling on fellow scientists to look more deeply into the impact of a group of antibiotics on our cell mitochondria – cells’ “powerhouses”. Tetracyclines, widespread, should be used with greater caution, according to a report […]

Solar Impulse silver coin issued

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government unveiled a commemorative CHF20 silver coin for Solar Impulse’s maiden round-the-world flight, Monday 9 March. The coins can be ordered online and serve as regular currency. The airplane took off from Abu Dhabi Monday on the first leg of its flight around the globe, using only solar power.

Solar Impulse takes off on round-the-world solar trip

Solar Impulse last week in a test flight over Abu Dhabi (photo, Solar Impulse)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It’s taken 12 years to reach this point, and the early morning takeoff of Solar Impulse on a round-the-world trip was as thrilling as expected. The press release from the solar-powered airplane team noted that: The Solar Impulse team in Abu Dhabi along with the Mission Control Center (MCC) in Monaco, witnessed […]

A weathery kind of week

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva and Canton Vaud woke up to a blustery, weathery kind of Monday 2 March, with wild rains followed by high winds that sent clouds of all varieties scuttling across the sky. Vaud workers and schoolchildren came back from their week of ski holidays to what looks like wild March weather. Expect […]

Drones and anti-drones, the talk of Geneva

John Kerry, Human Rights Council, Geneva, 2 March 2015

Kerry-Lavrov meeting reports: hope for Ukraine solution GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – International meetings of a “sensitive” nature in Geneva and Montreux are behind a ban on drones in several parts of cantons Geneva and Vaud during the month of March. It’s the first such move, taken by the cantons with the Federal Aviation Department. Human Rights […]

Swisscom makes sharp cuts to European roaming fees

Top-end clients: virtually free BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swisscom, in a bid to be Switzerland’s market leader for roaming charges abroad, says it will cut customer’s costs significantly starting 13 April. At the top end, clients with Natel infinity plus accounts will have from 30 to 365 days a year free roaming in Europe, as part […]