Category: Technology

7. August 2020

20th / 21st century | Economy

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The sunken village

by Michael van Orsouw

On 9 August 1924, the church at Innerthal was blown up. Then the floodwaters came. The reason for this was the growing demand for electricity in Switzerland and, as a result, the construction of a reservoir.

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2. July 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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Swift ascent at Lake Constance

by Sabine Ochaba

On 2 July 1900, the world watched spellbound as events unfolded at Lake Constance. At 8 p.m., Ferdinand Zeppelin’s first airship floated into the sky. Despite a few minor issues, the machine amazed people across the globe.

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30. June 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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Serious crashes

by Michael van Orsouw

The 1920s were the decade of aviation. Air shows expressed visions of hope and expansion. But because of one fatal accident, aviation in Switzerland took a different direction, moving away from spectacle towards civil aviation. This change of direction happened exactly 100 years ago.

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26. June 2020

Protohistory | Archaeology

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The wheel

by Samuel van Willigen

Who invented the wheel? Historians still debate this point today. And the Zurich region is in the running to claim the honour. Wheels dating from the Neolithic period have been found here.

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29. May 2020

20th / 21st century | Technology

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The dream of flying

by Katrin Brunner

The great names in global history weren’t the only ones who dreamed of flying. Even in the Zürcher Unterland, people were designing and building. Lack of money and scarce resources gave rise to some exceedingly creative aircraft.

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