The Swiss have doubled their sustainable investments in 2021

Investment funds labeled ‘sustainable’ and open to private investors manage an amount of CHF 775 billion. The collection of money has more than doubled in the last twelve months, said the University of Lucerne (Hslu) on Thursday in a study. The volumes administered by sustainable funds domiciled in Switzerland thus jumped 145% compared to the … Read more

The return of the Americans to the Moon rather for 2026

The return of men to the Moon, already postponed last week by NASA from 2024 to 2025, will actually take place in 2026 ‘at the earliest’, a public audit ruled on Monday. The mission, which will be the equivalent of Apollo 11, is called Artemis 3. The American Artemis program to return to the Moon … Read more

NASA will deflect an asteroid, a “planetary defense” mission

In just under a year, a NASA spacecraft will intentionally crash into the surface of an asteroid. Its goal is to deviate from its trajectory. Qualified as ‘planetary defense’, this mission should enable humanity to be prepared in the event of a threat of impact. While no known large asteroids are currently on a collision … Read more

Sega teams up with Microsoft to develop games on Azure

The Japanese group Sega announced Monday that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Microsoft to allow the development of games on the American giant’s Azure remote computing platform. This partnership is part of a long-term Sega project called ‘Super Game’ aimed at developing big-budget titles with international ambitions, said the Japanese company, in … Read more

Sega teams up with Microsoft to develop games on Azure

The Japanese group Sega announced Monday that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Microsoft to allow the development of games on the American giant’s Azure remote computing platform. This partnership is part of a long-term Sega project called ‘Super Game’ aimed at developing big-budget titles with international ambitions, said the Japanese company, in … Read more

Holcim does better than expected in the third partial

Building materials giant Holcim signed a third partial up, beating expectations. The Zug multinational generated a turnover of 7.29 billion francs, up 12.9%, or a growth of 5% from July to September on a comparable basis, according to the press release published on Friday. Operating profitability also improved, with recurring operating surplus (EBIT) rising 4.7% … Read more

Spotify signs solid third quarter

The world number one in music streaming, the Swedish Spotify, announced Wednesday results in the third quarter up over one year, with a net profit of two million euros (2.13 million francs). This is its sixth net profit since its IPO in 2018. The number of active users reached 381 million (+ 19% over one … Read more

Evaluating ecosystem beauty through artificial intelligence

Quantifying the beauty of ecosystems has become a real issue of public policy. Researchers from EPFL and Wageningen University in the Netherlands have developed an indicator based on artificial intelligence and the analysis of millions of photos. The beauty of the landscape in which we practice a leisure activity such as walking in the mountains, … Read more

EPFL: software for exploring the universe in 3D

Traveling to the edge of space comfortably seated in your chair is now possible thanks to software developed by astrophysicists and computer scientists from EPFL. Called VIRUP, for “VIRtual Universe Project”, it is available in open source. This powerful software builds in real time a virtual universe based on the most detailed contemporary cosmological and … Read more

Sales up after nine months for Givaudan

Givaudan increased its sales after nine months in 2021. The world leader in flavors and fragrances posted sales of 5.07 billion francs, 5.8% more than a year earlier. By divisions, the Aromas and Well-being division saw its revenues increase by 4.8% to 2.72 billion francs, the increase in comparable terms being 7.2%. The perfumes unit … Read more