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  • The Lake Tarusan Kamang Phenomenon
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    The Lake Tarusan Kamang Phenomenon

    A grassland in West Sumatra turns into a lake every nine months. Does this have to do with underground rivers?

  • Brakes for Dahlan
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    Brakes for Dahlan

    Minister Dahlan Iskan's electric car had an accident during a test drive. Using regenerative brakes may be the best alternative.

  • The Crystal Method
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    The Crystal Method

    The environmental effects of transgenic corn remain controversial, as scientists weigh the potential negative impact of genetically altered crops with their desirable characteristics.

  • The Clove Leafs
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    The Clove Leafs

    PUTRI Ernia Wati has been troubled by the high number of malaria cases found in her country. Every year, there is an outbreak of up to 1.5 million cases of malaria in Indonesia. Adding to her concern is the fact that Plasmodium falciparum, the malaria parasite commonly found in Indonesia, has become resistant to arteminisinin, a type of malaria medicine which, until now, is believed to be the most effective.

  • Warnings From The Bottom Of The Frying Pan
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    Warnings From The Bottom Of The Frying Pan

    BPPT's landslide detector works by utilizing inputs from five different sensors. The device has so far been installed in two disaster-prone locations.

  • Luthfi's Measure of Success
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    Luthfi's Measure of Success

    A high school student in Bogor has invented a tool to measure the correct amount of fertilizers needed for rice paddies.

  • <font face=arial size=2 color=#ff9900>Emmanuel Tsesmelis:</font><br />We emulate the conditions of how the universe was created
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    Emmanuel Tsesmelis:We emulate the conditions of how the universe was created

    The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) became the center of world attention last week when it announced the discovery of the God Particle, also known as the Higgs boson, that it had been hunting for decades. One week before the announcement, senior physicist at CERN, Emmanuel Tsesmelis, visited Indonesia to look for opportunities to collaborate.

  • Slamet Assists Dewi Sri
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    Slamet Assists Dewi Sri

    It looks like rice, yet is made of corn, sago and sorghum. The analog rice is here and ready to be used to overcome the food crisis.

  • Trash Invasion
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    Trash Invasion

    Thousands of containers filled with B3 waste enter four seaports. Its chemical contents could cause anemia and cancer.

  • Toward A Spatial Map
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    Toward A Spatial Map

    Toward a spatial mapThe Geographic Information System community recently recently informed the National Survey and Mapping Coordinating Agency (Bakosurtanal) that the Indicative Map of the New Permit Moratorium (PIPIB), announced by the government in May 2011, contained an error.

  • Converting Palm Fiber into Ethanol
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    Converting Palm Fiber into Ethanol

    LIPI researchers are developing a technology to create renewable and environmentally friendly fuel.

  • Johny's Revision  of the Planets
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    Johny's Revision of the Planets

    A team of scientists from the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics led by Indonesian astronomer Johny Setiawan discovered two planets in the most unlikely place, prompting a revision of the theory of planetary creation.

  • A Hell of a  Zoo
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    A Hell of a Zoo

    The last remaining giraffe in the Surabaya Zoo died, with 20 kilograms of plastic trash found in its stomach. Foul play is suspected.

  • Tracking Ramin Wood
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    Tracking Ramin Wood

    Greenpeace discovered that ramin (gonystylus bancanus)a protected woodwas being processed by the pulp amd paper industry. But Indah Kiat pulp company denies it.

  • Rescuing Languages, One Word at a Time
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    Rescuing Languages, One Word at a Time

    Fanny Henry Tondo's heart nearly broke when the 70-year-old lady standing in front of him refused to speak. She tried to run and hide at the back of her house. Fortunately, after the 38-year-old Tondo explained that the purpose of his visit was to research the Gamkonora language, the old lady's fears subsided. "How did you know about the Gamkonora language?" said Tondo, quoting the elderly lady.

  • A Language's last frontier
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    A Language's last frontier

    LIPI (The Indonesian Institute of Sciences) sent 26 researchers to the eastern corners of the archipelago to document the regional languages that are now near extinction. This is aimed at rescuing minority languages from extinction, one that has been ongoing for four years now. In Alor, East Nusa Tenggara, for instance, they discovered a new regional language. Unfortunately, there only remains a single, worn out grandfather who speaks it. This is Tempo's report on the fate of regional languages in Indonesia, home to at least 756 different languages and dialects.

  • Sitting on Fault Lines
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    Sitting on Fault Lines

    One year after a geological fault called Opak caused massive destruction from Parangtritis to Klaten, Central Java in 2006, the Indonesian Geological Office published a map of all geological fault lines in Indonesia. It showed that many Indonesian cities sit on fault lines. Five years on, no provincial government has looked at the map. yet Millions could be in danger. A similar tragedy brought on by Opak could happen again. Anytime.

  • Born-Again Botanical Gardens
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    Born-Again Botanical Gardens

    Twenty-one botanical gardens to be built in 17 provinces provinces

  • The Water-Method Men
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    The Water-Method Men

    Indonesian researchers discover bacteria capable of processing oil waste.

  • Rooting for the Esemka
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    Rooting for the Esemka

    Students of a vocational school constructed a sports utility vehicle from scratch. It can only be ready for mass road use once it passes emission tests.

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