VarSITI

Last week i went to Nagoya, JAPAN; attending CAWSES symposium. CAWSES (Climate And Weather of the Sun-Earth System) is a five-year (2009-2013) international program sponsored by SCOSTEP (Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics) established with an aim of significantly enhancing our understanding of the space environment and its impacts on life and society. It is interesting

100 Years of Cosmic Ray, and the Contribution from Bandung

August this year 2012, the scientific community is celebrating the 100 years of ‘cosmic ray’ discovery. I will not give much on how it’s discovered since already covered on other articles, such as this, this and this. Instead i only discuss about the contribution from a laboratorium in Java, and how the result helping on paving the way to the study of the cosmic ray.

The Stars that fall from the Sky

Tintin - Shooting Star
Tintin - Shooting Star

This panel from the comic Tintin (The Shooting Star), for me, is the primary source of astronomy, at least in my childhood. Okey, i will not discuss about comicology in this post, perhaps later. Instead from what i have learnt, the phenomenon of shooting stars could invoke stories, excitement, awe inspiring wonder, even indepth science exploration. Choose your own path for wondering the universe.

sometimes, the occurence can be predicted, sometimes, things just happenned.

Kafeditepisemesta & The Challenge of Science Journalism

Kafeditepisemesta is the name of a discussion group of writers, editors, journalists, lecturers,  scientist, and so on; whose share the same concern, which is about how to popularize science for general public in a hilarious way. Seriously, the name ‘kafeditepisemesta‘ is derived from the series of Douglas Adam’s satire “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”. Literally, ‘kafe di tepi semesta‘ is translated to ‘café on the edge of the universe’.

Pineapple Muffin or Muffin Pineapple? ..
Pineapple Muffin or Muffin Pineapple? ..

But this is not about parodying the masterpiece, instead, all we did just share the idea about how exciting the universe is, in anyway we perceived, either through, books, comics, music, and of course .. food! (A café without food & coffee?).

On our last discussion, we’re reaching to a point, which is, seems, there is a problem on science journalism here. ‘Seems’, that means, we only sense, without enough supporting evidence. But, we felt that somehow, science journalism in the verge of ‘free fall’.

In this modern digital world, news, (including science), rapidly propagate, instant and free. So, who will take the responsibility for the quality of the news?

SEAMEO QITEP in Science

Last week, i have been involved in SEAMEO QITEP in Science. What’s that? SEAMEO QITEP in Science? SEAMEO is an abbreviation of ‘South East Asia Ministry of Education Organization‘, while QITEP is ‘Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel‘; so, basically, SEAMEO QITEP, is a center that has a task to improve the qualility of

A Visit to the Biak – Where the Rainbow Ends

Where the Rainbow Ends
Where the Rainbow Ends

Last month i went to Biak, a small island on the most north-east edge of Indonesia, but this trip was different from my previous visit, so i just tell story about what i have seen there from my last visit. Where is Biak island anyway? Biak is a small island located in Cenderawasih Bay, near the northern coast of Papua province, and is just northwest of New Guinea. Biak is the largest island in its small archipelago, and has many atolls, reefs, and corals. If someone has interest in ocean adventure, Biak island is a good place to visit.

In its glorious day, Biak island was a prosperous place, because its airport, Frans Kaisiepo Airport was a transit place between Jakarta to Los Angeles. But currently, the flight trip no longer serviced, seems the Biak island deserted. At least the ruin of Marau Beach hotel can tell a story about previous glorious life in Biak island.

The Ruin of Marau Beach hotel
The Ruin of Marau Beach hotel