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Andrej Abplanalp
Historian and communications chief of the Swiss National Museum.

10. April 2020

Nature | Tourism | 20th / 21st century | Culture | Article | Featured

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A queen among the Green

40 years ago, the second Swiss Horticultural & Gardening Expo, ‘Grün 80’, attracted millions of Swiss people, and one queen: Queen Elizabeth II.

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25. March 2020

Women in history | Middle Ages | Politics | Religion | Article | Featured

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Nuns – Powerful women in the Middle Ages

Medieval nuns – the phrase brings to mind a group of women living in seclusion behind convent walls, devoting themselves to their faith. But a look at history gives a very different picture.

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20. March 2020

Middle Ages | Education | Economy | Article | Featured

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How the number 7 came to Europe

For a long time, we were very reluctant in our part of the world to accept the Hindu-Arabic numeral system. Even the mathematician Fibonacci had trouble convincing people to change their attitude. But the economic benefits were so great that all resistance was abandoned.

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4. March 2020

Middle Ages | Food | Religion | Culture | Article | Featured

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Beastly good luck

Why pigs are lucky charms, and why it was a stroke of luck the Bernese killed a bear on their hunt…

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6. February 2020

Research | Technology | Nature | 20th / 21st century | Article | Featured

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The Iceman

He was a scientist and an explorer: Alfred de Quervain walked across Greenland in 1912, sparking a veritable ‘polar fever’ in Switzerland.

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