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The Week Ahead The Matterhorn, a military tattoo and the movies

Here are the top stories we’re following in the week of July 13:




The Matterhorn’s legacy: it has been 150 years since the first accent of the legendary Swiss peak. brings you the in-depth multimedia story of a broken rope that changed a family, a village – and a mountain. 



A world first: Switzerland is to have the first professor studying the benefits of breastmilk. Experts say there is not enough research on the topic. We look at what scientists in Zurich hope to achieve and who is funding the university position.



The Locarno film festival announces its programme for 2015. The international festival, held in Italian-speaking Switzerland, is famed for its huge open-air screen in the Piazza Grande, where it shows indie films as well as a smattering of blockbusters. Glamour comes from the attendance of stars, with American actor, director and producer Edward Norton already announced for this year.


Friday asks whether robot-surgeons are set to take over in Geneva. The canton reportedly holds the world record for the highest concentration of Da Vinci robot-assisted surgical systems. But why is the canton so eager amid worries about high costs and safety compared with traditional surgery? 



The Basel Tattoo, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, will start on Friday. It’s the world’s second-largest open-air military tattoo and the annual event is described by Time Out as “one of the most spectacular and entertaining”. Among the countries participating this year are Oman and South Korea.

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