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Monday, January 08, 2018

Moving

Eppur si move. Perhaps 400 years ago, while gazing at the sky and stamping his foot on the ground, Galileo uttered those words. But perhaps it is just a story. Whatever really happened, that sentence was meant to stress something that to him was a ‘fact’-that the earth moves, orbiting the sun-regardless of religious teaching that said the opposite.

Religion said X but science said Y, and the…

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Java Holds the Key

HASTO Kristiyanto stopped for a moment as he was about to take a sip from his mineral water in Tempo’s editorial meeting room last Friday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general apologized for his petai, or stinky bean, breath. "Last night I was served stinky-bean fried rice by the President.