The World That Was

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That picturesque barn in the Swiss countryside might be a former Army bunker

How would you like to stay the night in a former military bunker in Switzerland? With the threat of foreign invasion relatively unlikely in the modern peaceful era of Europe, thousands of military bunkers and fortresses in Switzerland have been decommissioned and over the years put to commercial use — as everything from hotels to cheese factories.

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DNA solves mysteries of ancient Ireland

The early history of Ireland has long been shrouded in mystery. But a new study of the DNA of the ancient Irish has cast some light into the darkness. The first headline is that Ireland's first farmers originated in the Middle East. The second headline is that all those stone rings and tombs that we associate with Ireland appear to have nothing to do with the Celts.