Category: Technology

14. February 2020

20th / 21st century | Politics

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The cipher machine Enigma and Switzerland

by Dominik Landwehr

In the Second World War, British specialists cracked almost every code – including that of the German cipher machine Enigma. Switzerland also used such machines.

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6. February 2020

20th / 21st century | Nature

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The Iceman

by Andrej Abplanalp

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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5. February 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Sirens, compressed air and spine-chilling howls

by Juri Jaquemet

Sirens wailing!? A worried glance at the clock. 1:30 p.m. precisely. Aha – siren test! Switzerland’s annual siren test takes place on the first Wednesday in February. But how long have we had sirens in Switzerland anyway, and what’s the history of this hair-raising means of communication?

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31. January 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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Back to the early days of computer gaming with text adventures

by Dominik Landwehr

In the early days of the computer, there were games that were based entirely on text. Although they were soon replaced by graphics-based games, this genre is central to understanding the history of the computer, and the games still have their fans today.

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29. January 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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The history of video games

by Alexander Rechsteiner

Eating dots with Pac-Man, rescuing the princess with Mario and Luigi, or wiping out your opponents in Fortnite: over about three generations now, video games have shaped the childhood of millions of people. A look back at 50 years of gaming history.

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