science
The Large Hadron Collider Accelerated ‘Atoms’ With Electrons for the First Time

You can feasibly put anything inside the world’s largest physics experiment, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, so long as it can be vaporised. You could even stick a sandwich in there. But for the first time, scientists have accelerated an atomic nucleus with electrons still attached. Read More >>

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Swiss Town Replaces Church Bells With Ringtones, Ushers in Hell on Earth

While the local catholic church and its bell tower undergo renovations in Lucerne, a small town in Switzerland, the city reached out to students at the nearby university to help find a replacement for the hourly chimes that are now silenced. Their solution? Blast out the sounds of a smartphone’s ringtones instead, the BBC reports. Read More >>

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Scientists Will Transport Antimatter in a Truck

The antimatter of science fiction vastly differs from the real-life antimatter of particle physics. The former powers spaceships or bombs, while the latter is just another particle that physicists study, one that happens to be the mirror image with the opposite charge of the more familiar particles. Read More >>

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Coca-Cola Spends £759,000 Rebranding Iced Tea That Sounds Like Vulgar Word for Genitals in Europe

Last month, Coca-Cola announced that it was bringing its billion-dollar tea brand, Fuze Tea, to 37 countries in Europe. The only problem is that “fuze” doesn’t mean what they might have liked it to in German-speaking Switzerland. Read More >>

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A Forensic Debunking Of The Grand Tour’s Trip To Switzerland

At some point over the course of the last 100 years, anglophone conceptions of manhood became inexplicably linked with a car’s ability to burn fossil fuel and make a loud noise. Or at least, that appears to be the case for Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - as The Grand Tour is basically one long crisis of masculinity. Read More >>

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Frozen Couple Unearthed By Climate Change (and a Ski Lift Company)

It’s not often that you’ll hear someone thank climate change for something. But today, it seems to have offered some closure on a 75-year-old mystery. So, thanks climate change, at least for this. Read More >>

energy
Switzerland Votes to Kill Off Nuclear Power

Voters in Switzerland often face national referendums, as that's the way they do things there. The latest one saw its politicians ask the people what to do about electricity, and the people voted in favour of killing off the country's nuclear power stations. Read More >>

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Racing Down a Stunning Alpine Coaster Reminds Me to Never Grow Up

Life already has too many serious moments, so when the opportunity to enjoy a simple pleasure like a slide presents itself, you just have to take it. It also doesn’t hurt when that slide is a giant mountain coaster in Switzerland surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll ever see. Read More >>

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Mad Scientists in Switzerland Built a Drone That Flies and Walks

Meet DALER. That's short for Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot, and it's designed for rescuing victims in dangerous places after a natural disaster. How does a robot do that? Well, it requires flying into a dangerous place, and then walking around that dangerous place. DALER does both. Read More >>

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This Robotic Bridge Inspector Was Originally a Disney Camera-Bot

De-icing slippery winter roads is a vital public safety measures in cold-weather climates. However, the annual cycle of salting streets only to have the mineral seep into the blacktop and rot it from the inside wreaks havoc on transportation infrastructure throughout the US and around the world. This little bot helps fix that. Read More >>

design
This Chlorine-Free Pool is Biofiltered and Freaking Beautiful

'Tis the season for stripping down and getting wet in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, the chlorine and chemicals used to keep man-made, al fresco watering holes clean can do a number on sensitive skin, which makes this Swiss pool all the more appealing; Herzog & de Meuron designed this beautiful lagoon with biofilters. Au naturel, ooh la la! Read More >>

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The World’s Biggest Picnic Blanket is Growing in the Swiss Countryside

An art installation that plans to be the world's largest picnic blanket is currently checkerboarding its way through the green rolling hills of Switzerland. This summer, about 1,500 picnickers have ventured to the site, which is adorably named BIGNIK. And it's only going to get bigger. Read More >>

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Audemars Piguet’s New Watch Museum Looks Like Frozen Clockwork

In way, the 149-year-old Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet already has its own museum: The town of Le Brassus, where it's located, is full of historic watchmaking workshops. But the iconic company is building its own dedicated museum anyway, and unsurprisingly, it looks just like the intricate movements inside its super-expensive timepieces. Read More >>

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Why the Swiss Evacuate Their Cows by Helicopter

At first, it's kind of charming. Look how well the Swiss treat their cows! A helicopter is dispatched just to carry an injured bovine stuck in the mountains! It's not an uncommon sight in the Alps, either: in Switzerland, insurance that covers helicopter evacuation for your family also includes your cows. Read More >>

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Switzerland Is Preparing for a French Invasion

Switzerland's got a lot going on. There are the mountains, the lakes, the delicious chocolate, the less-delicious cheese. Oh, and the money, the warehouses full of money. No wonder they're worried about someone crashing through the borders and taking it all. Specifically, a bankrupt France. Read More >>