INDONESIANS TO VOTE IN WORLD’S BIGGEST SINGLE-DAY ELECTION
Tens of millions of Indonesians will vote in presidential and parliamentary elections this week after campaigns focused on the economy, but with political Islam looming ever larger in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation.
President Joko Widodo is standing for re-election in a contest with ex-general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in 2014.
Most opinion polls give Widodo a double-digit lead but the opposition has disputed the survey findings. The opposition also said it has uncovered data irregularities affecting millions on the electoral rolls and has vowed to take legal action if its complaints are not resolved.
Some analysts say an unexpected win for the challenger would probably cause a brief slump in Indonesian markets, while a very close race could elevate the risk of a disputed vote.
A senior government official said while most polls have put the president ahead, they could not be taken for granted.
OIL-EATING BACTERIA DISCOVERED AT BOTTOM OF MARIANA TRENCH
Scientists have discovered oil-eating bacteria in the planet’s deepest oceanic trench, the Mariana Trench.
An international team of researchers, including scientists from Britain, China and Russia, used a submersible to collect microbial samples from the trench, which bottoms out at 11,000 kilometers below sea level.
When researchers analyzed the microbial samples collected during the expedition, they found a new group of hydrocarbon degrading bacteria.
Jonathan Toddy, researcher at the University of East Anglia, said these types of microorganisms essentially eat compounds similar to those in oil and then use it for fuel.
Researchers were surprised by the abundance of the oil-eating bacteria in the trench. Nowhere else on Earth are oil-eating bacteria so proportionally dominant.