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The Writer, automata by Pierre Jaquet-Droz

Cambridge’s Professor Simon Schaffer presents The Writer, a 240-year-old, 6000 piece machine that was created by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz, his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot around 1770-177...

Cave aux Bulles (Bubbles’ Cellar)

An interactive installation set up in an old wine cellar in Guévaux, Switzerland, Cave aux Bulles (Bubbles’ Cellar) waits for someone to blow bubbles that appear, not as soap bubbles, b...

Giant wingtip vortices in the fog as an airplane lands

An invisible but universal phenomena, huge wingtip vortices can be seen in the twisting fog as this airplane lands in Zurich, Switzerland. Wingtip vortices are strong spirals of air that are created when high pressur...

The cheetah-cub robot

Small, light, and quick, the cheetah-cub robot is a robust little experiment in robotics and biomechanics from EPFL, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. Fr...

Singing bird boxes

While googling about mechanical inventions like Mark Galt’s walking mechanical humans, I happened upon this lovely 1890 piece of restored gears and springs, with the original bellows: a singing bird mechanism. F...

Top Secret Drum Corps – Edinburgh Military Tattoo (2012)

Top Secret Drum Corps is a precision drum corps based in Basel, Switzerland. With 25 drummers and colorguard members, the corps became famous for its demanding six-minute routine performed at the Edinburgh Tattoo in...

Cheese-Flipping Robots and How Cheese is Made

So how does one make cheese? We know cheese is made from the milk of cows and goats, for example, but then what happens? From the book, How Did That Get In My Lunchbox, we know a bit, but th...

CleanSpace One – a Swiss satellite to tackle space junk

More than half a century of sending objects into space has left the Earth surrounded by junk. Bits of long-dead satellites, spent rocket stages and other debris orbit the planet at almost 1...

Kuratorium: A Mouth, Arm, and Eye, Rube Goldberg-style

Commissioned by Kuratorium Aargau (who, I believe, provide grants for work in the visual arts) and directed by Crictor/Rafael Sommerhalder, these three cause-and-effect mini-productions are great little anticipation b...