Sunday Highlights (16/08/2009)

Geoweek - Ikan Piala Key West
Courtesy: Kompas

If only Ernest Hemmingway wrote “The Old Man and the Sea” story only recently, the story won’t be as magic as it is. The fish that was hunted to win trophy due to its size – trophy fish – the focus of the story are no longer found on West Key waters, Florida, USA.

The last research by Scripps Institute of Oceanography researchers documented rapid decline in of trophy fish population along coral reefs that made Florida waters a heaven for fishing.

The research is an example of how ocean history ecology came about. The research depended heavily on old photographs in a collection that was found Monroe County Library in Key West, comparing the photos of trophy fish taken 50 years ago with photos from recent hunts.

The length of trophy fish in average that was caught in Key West decreases from 6.5 feet (2 metres) in the 1950s to about 1 feet (34 centimetres) now. The mass also decreases from around 44 pounds (20 kg) to 5 pounds (2.3 kg).

Researchers believe that the absence of sharks, groupers and big coral fish also contributed to the decline in coral reefs ecosystem. Ironically, fishing sports businesses still occur despite the decrease in trophy fish size.

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Jadwal Pembuatan Roket Pengorbit Satelit LAPAN-RPS 420[garismiring]320
Courtesy: Media Indonesia (klik pada gambar untuk memperbesar)

Kita harus menanggapi secara positif inovasi LAPAN untuk mengirimkan roket pengorbit satelit pertama buatan Indonesia. Pasalnya, ditengah keterbatasan dana yang ada (alasan sama yang membuat bangsa ini lama terpuruk) LAPAN membuktikan bahwa kreasi dan inovasi tidak dapat dicegah untuk berkembang. Hal ini mungkin juga akan membuka jalan bagi pengiriman astronot Indonesia pertama, mimpi yang tak terealisasikan sejak dekade 1980an.

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Nation Brand Index
Courtesy: Media Indonesia

Melihat tabel di atas, rasanya ada yang kurang lengkap. Berapa banyak negara yang turut disurvei dalam hal ini. Terlepas dari hal itu ada banyak hal yang bisa kita pelajari. Di mana negara terbaik di Asia Tenggara, Singapura? Yang kita ketahui hanya ada dua negara Asia Tenggara lain yang berada di atas Indonesia dalam Nation Brand Index ini, yaitu Thailand (posisi 34) dan Malaysia (posisi 38).

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