All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Switzerland’

Switzerland Installs ‘Sex Boxes’ to Regulate Prostitution

The UK’s Telegraph reports that Zurich officials are trying a new method to manage prostitution and cut out the black market pimps who handle hookers: “sex boxes” that are to be utilized by johns and their dates are being installed, and will open on August 26. When the initiative was first announced, spokesman Michael Herzig of Zurich’s social welfare department …

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CERN to Open For Tourists in September

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has announced it will be opening its doors to the public this fall. On September 28 to 29, the organization’s installations, including the Large Hadron Collider, will be open for tourists and gawkers alike. CERN has stated the days are part of an outreach for the organization to share its discoveries with a …

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Shakira Ex Loses Court Battle For Account Access

For over one decade, Colombian pop star Shakira dated Antonio de la Rúa, the son of former Argentine President Fernando de la Rúa. The couple split in early 2011, but Rúa claims the couple continued to work together on the singer’s career afterward. This week, a judge in Geneva has rejected Rúa’s lawsuit for access to one of Shakira’s bank …

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This Robot Cat Has Dreams Of Becoming A Cheetah

What’s up with researchers making robots that mimic terrifying animals? MIT has already doomed us all with its cheetah bot, and now researchers in Switzerland want to finish the job with a small robot cat that will worm its way into our hearts before tearing it out. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL for short, is developing what is …

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Swiss Nurse Posts Corpse Photos on Facebook

Every week, it seems like somebody is making the news for forgetting that Facebook is a public forum and that people can actually see the things they post. A lot of the time, this lesson is learned in the form of a questionable photo that either gets the poster fired, arrested, or otherwise seriously embarrassed. This story takes that formula …

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This Robot Cube Can Walk, Jump And Balance Itself

Cubes are relatively stationary objects. You can throw them around, sure, but it’s hard to see them as being autonomous. One robotics lab did just that, however, with its newest invention. Robohub reports that the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich have created Cubli, a robotic cube that can walk, jump and balance on its corners. The …

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Roboy Will Destroy You With Its Cuteness

Robots have never been exactly cute. In fact, our metal friends are generally more terrifying than anything else. Some researchers are fixing this by creating the first robot that may be able to pass as being “cute.” Meet Roboy, a new humanoid robot in development at the University of Zürich’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. The little guy is being envisioned as …

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Swiss Federal Railways Accuses Apple Of Copyright Infringement

Things got a little strange in the copyright world a few weeks ago when Apple sued a grocery store. They claimed that the store was using its iconic logo to trick people into buying groceries instead of iPhones. It was strange and ridiculous. Now, Apple is being targeted for a similarly ridiculous copyright claim. The Swiss Federal Railways has a …

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Google Street View Can Stay in Switzerland, but with Restrictions

Google was given the green light to continue driving its Street Cars around in Switzerland today, according to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, but the permission carries with it a series of regulations that Google must comply with in order to continue photographing the country. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court ruled that Google could go on with its Street View …

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Google Maps’ 45° Imagery Update Pleases Historians, Monkees Fans Alike

Google Maps has waved its Wand o’ 45° Imagery again, this time bestowing another 26 cities with fully rotatable views. As I’ve said before in these update pieces, the 45° angles give users a superior vantage of a building’s architecture, especially when you look at older parts of the world like Asia and Europe. This marks the first 45° updates …

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