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The week Ahead

Fruit flies, work future and fancy uniforms

Here are the stories we will be watching in the week of May 2:


How do fruit flies use their noses to sniff out the rotting fruits they love so well? That’s what award-winning scientist Richard Benton is trying to understand, Read our report on his work and how it could help fight one of Switzerland’s newest invasive pests.


The future of work is up for debate at a conference in the GDI think tank near Zurich. It’s title is Industry 4.0 and the Pursuit of Social Innovation. Among the topics: unconditional basic income. Speakers include Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek Minister of Finance, as well as Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and influential trade unionists. We’ll be watching the developments.


The new Vatican Swiss guards will be sworn in on Friday. But who are the men behind the fancy medieval uniforms? Find out more in our report and gallery, which features a look at the Swiss guards at work and at play.


Women’s choices: meet two Swiss women who have opted not to juggle work and family, and are happy with their decision. Only one will be feted on Mother’s Day.

What you may have missed last week:

From two young Swiss on an adventure in India, to a Swiss-American archaeologist looking to unlock the secrets of his family's past. Follow each person's #swisstory, told in their own words.



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