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Swiss Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann leaves an exhibit at Constitution Hill, site of a former prison in Johannesburg. (© Susan Vogel-Misicka, swissinfo.ch)

Swiss Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann leaving an exhibit at Constitution Hill, site of a former prison in Johannesburg. (© Susan Vogel-Misicka, swissinfo.ch)

South Africa is Switzerland’s most important African trade partner – a point underscored in an official visit by Swiss Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann.

It was the first time a Swiss delegation included key members of the business as well as science communities … and yours truly, reporting for swissinfo.ch.

As Schneider-Ammann told me: “We wanted to open doors for our private sector representatives and contact the scientific community, and I wanted to get to know my South African colleagues and reactivate our personal ties. We achieved all of that.”

The economics minister, who had visited South Africa as an entrepreneur prior to his political career, said the country had changed “tremendously” in the meantime.

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Attentive in an Alabama classroom in 1936 (Marion Post Wolcott)

More than half of Swiss schoolchildren are undergoing some sort of therapy in an effort to solve learning problems. That is far too many, according to the authors of a recently-published book on children with learning difficulties. They say that parents, teachers and doctors have unrealistic expectations of children.

Solothurn pediatrician Thomas Baumann and Zug pediatrician and youth psychiatrist Romedius Alber have written a 285-page book aimed at health professionals. Their goal is to reduce the numbers of children in therapy that might well be unnecessary.

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Beauty is pain for the lab mice, © Rama

Crow’s feet? Creased forehead? Sweaty armpits? Botox is regularly touted as a solution in the Swiss media, but few reports mention the animal cruelty involved.

A Swiss animal rights group, the Verein gegen Tierfabriken Schweiz (VgT), has been staging demonstrations to raise awareness of the problem.

“There’s been a lot reported on botox, but very little about the animal cruelty aspect. So the best thing is to provoke,” according to VgT president Erwin Kessler.

Click here to read the whole story: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/science_technology/Cosmetic_botox_booms_at_expense_of_mice.html?cid=18032542

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The May 2010 issue of Swiss News magazine

I’ve been following the progess of the Solar Impulse for a while now, and my latest article made the cover of Swiss News.

You can read a PDF version here: Solar Impulse_ready for take-off_

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Markku Wilenius, senior vice president of Allianz, looks ahead to 2050

Markku Wilenius, senior vice president of Allianz, looks ahead to 2050.

Apparently, we’re in the age of stupidity. How we get out of it remains to be seen.
Experts from a variety of fields addressed the issue at the fifth annual European Futurists Conference Lucerne (EFCL) on Thursday and Friday. Altogether, about 130 people from 17 nations took part.
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© Keystone

The immensely successful as well as controversial BODY WORLDS exhibition is now on in Zurich. It features bodies that have been specially prepared to reveal muscles, organs, bones – and just about anything one would find beneath the skin.

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http://www.swisster.ch/en/news/dead-bodies-displayed-at-zurich-exhibition_121-2393715

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Full of bright ideas: Aldo Steinfeld

Full of bright ideas: Professor Aldo Steinfeld

While children might try to start a fire using sunshine and a magnifying glass, scientists are looking into more rational ways of concentrating and storing solar power. Swiss professor Aldo Steinfeld has been especially inventive.
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