Bio invaders – swissinfo

Hundreds of worms, fungi and insect species are threatening to invade Switzerland’s ecosystem. To prevent this, fruit and vegetable deliveries are kept under quarantine, until parasites can be ruled out. The procedure can take a couple of days – too long for perishable products. A new tool promises to speed things up. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Rare breeds on show – swissinfo

Worldwide, one breed of domestic farm animal dies out every month – a consequence of intensive farming. In Switzerland only a fifth of the known indigenous species still exist today. Since 1982 Pro Specie Rara – the Swiss association for the protection of rare breeds – has been fighting to keep these animals alive. (Michele Andina, swissinfo.ch)
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Dogs calm the class – swissinfo

When there’s a dog in the classroom, children are calmer, pay more attention and don’t fight as much. Stroking a dog raises oxytocin levels, a stress-reducing hormone, which also helps lower anxiety before a test. (swissinfo.ch/SF-Einstein).
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Bee careful – swissinfo

The Swiss are making efforts to save bee colonies threatened by disease and pests. If the fire brigade finds swarms, attempts are made to capture them and hand them over to beekeepers. swissinfo spent a day with a couple of bee experts from the Bernese fire service. (Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch)
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Hop bunny, hop! – swissinfo

Bunny hopping as a sport originated in Scandinavia, as a way to give pet rabbits more exercise. The sport came to Switzerland only a few years ago, but this year the Swiss are organising the European championships. (Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch)
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