Bioinspired banknotes

Bioinspired banknotes

After a 20-year hiatus, an insect graces our banknotes again – this time in a particularly beautiful context: light, which is omnipresent on the new, red 20 franc notes. They feature a prism splitting a beam of light into its colour spectrum and a white screen in front of the audience at the Locarno Film Festival. There is also a large iris, depicted Read more

Ein fossiler Verwandter des riesigen Weissen Hais

Ein fossiler Verwandter des riesigen Weissen Hais

Carcharodon megalodon ist eine ausgestorbene Art von Haien, die vor rund 28 bis 2 Millionen Jahren lebte. Man findet die Überreste dieser Haie fast überall in subtropischen und gemässigten Breiten auf der Erde, ob in Europa, Amerika, Asien, Australien oder Afrika. Warum C. megalodon ausstarb, ist nicht sicher. Read more

Willem Piso: De Indiae utriusque re naturali et medica (Amsterdam, 1658)

Willem Piso: De Indiae utriusque re naturali et medica (Amsterdam, 1658)

Willem Piso (1611-1678) served from 1636 to 1644 as a doctor in the Dutch colony in Brazil. As a pioneer of tropical medicine and pharmacology, he studied herbal medicine of the indigenous peoples and supported their health practices. In the jungle, he set out in search of medicinal plants and thus gained the reputation of being the first European to gain an understanding of the indigenous Read more