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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.