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Héctor Abruña: a new member of the National Academy of Sciences

On April 27th 2019, I had the honor to see my brother Héctor Abruña being inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington DC.

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Ich bin ein Schweizer: Part 2

On January 28, 2019, I received my Swiss passport, but on March 28, along with over a thousand other new citizens, I celebrated it. Mayor Corine Mauch had extended an invitation to all new Swiss citizens residing in the city of Zürich to join her in a celebration. I am now the citizen of the […]

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Is it spring yet? (Encore)

About two years ago, the forest, which is practically our backyard, went through a managed deforestation process.* Hundreds of trees were cut. While walking with Mia along the forest, as we often do in the afternoons, I saw a bird house sitting on the fresh stump of a pine tree. Normally it would have been […]

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Mia gets well.

Two weeks ago Mia was bitten by a dog. What seemed like a minor event developed into a life-threatening situation in no time.

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An unforgettable Swiss train ride.

In the land of watches, trains arrive and depart on time. The SBB, the Swiss Train Authority, takes pride in stating that 96% of trains do so. Last Friday, like many weekdays, I left my house at 9:37 and caught the bus across the street at 9:39. I was heading to the studio to edit […]

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2016 Milan Classic Car Show

In addition to manufacturing great (looking) cars, Italians also love to collect, show, and drive them. Enjoy the 1-minute glimpse at the 2016 Milan Classic Car Show..

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Ich bin ein Schweizer

“Ich bin ein Berliner”: John F. Kenneddy said in a speech on June 26, 1963, in West Berlin. “Ich bin ein Schweizer”: Rubén Abruña said on January 28, 2019, in Schwamendingen after obtaining his Swiss passport.

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First Harvest of 2019!

On January 3, 2019 we harvested Brussel sprouts in -1º Celsius weather. Do you know how they grow? Brussel sprouts are certainly underrated. Enjoy the short film. I am including a recipe that is easy to prepare, delicious, and will make brussel sprouts a favorite, even among those who say they don’t like them. Trust […]

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Using a Compost Toilet in The Absent House

Human feces and urine can be recycled for fertilizing crops, generating energy, conserving drinking water, protecting our waterways, and slowing down the climate crisis. But we are still flushing, even though we can make billions of dollars if we do it the dry way. My next film “Shit Happens” will lead an investigative quest across […]

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Horn-y Switzerland

In autumn of 2018 Switzerland voted on a proposition to subsidize those farmers willing to let their cows and goats grow horns. For decades their horns have been welded at very high temperatures at an early age to prevent them from growing. It is very painful as you can imagine. The reasoning behind this treatment […]

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