Monthly Archives: January 2014

BME 290A : Tuning and Matching

The last two lab sessions were spent building a transmit/receive surface coil that will be used on a 3T scanner. In order to build the surface coil the following materials were gathered: copper tape, a coax cable, zip ties, a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Tuning and Matching

The first coil that was created was in the shape of a star, as seen in figure 1. In this coil, we have 4 tuning capacitors and a matching capacitor, as shown in the schematic of the final design in … Continue reading Continue reading

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Tanzania: China, China, and more China

Tanzania Becoming the New Chinese Province in Africa This articles highlights the successful past and continuing trend of increased Chinese investment in the country. It describes how the relationship began between President Mao Zedong and Julius Nyerere and how recently China has committed to two new massive mining projects, one for iron and the other… Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Sheep Blast Off!

On this free Friday, I am posting about Sheep Blast Off! written by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple. When I think about children’s books, this book immediately comes to mind–most likely because I have read it many, many times. I used it for a final project in a language development class. For the project, I was […] Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Further Controversy Surrounding President Mugabe and ZANU PF

Another Controversial Election Result ZANU PF has won all three bi-elections held last Saturday 25 January, easily defeating opposing party MDC-T in Mbare, Harare Karoi, Mashonaland West and Zaka in Masvingo provinces. After the win, irregularities were reported including ‘vote-buying’ tactics, intimidation and food being used as a political weapon by ZANU PF.  There were… Continue reading

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Senegal: Floods, Funding, and Fairs

Climate Change in Senegal: Senegal is under serious threat of flooding due to climate change warned Margareta Wahlstrom, the head of the United Nations Council on reducing disaster risk (created under the Hyogo Framework for Action). In recent years, Senegal suffered major flooding that left many dead and thousands of homeless people, particularly in the… Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Ox-cart Man

In the beginning of the book the ox-cart man packs up the cart with all his family  made during the year: wool sheared from the sheep, shawl and mittens made from the wool by his wife and daughter, linen fabricated from flax, candles formed from wax, shingles cut from the wood by himself, broom handles […] Continue reading

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South Africa: Platinum Miners, New Presidential Contender, and Raised Interest Rates

Platinum Miners Still on Strike Platinum Miners recently rejected an offer of a nine percent wage increase and will continue to strike. Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) have been on strike for more than a week at three different mines. The workers are demanding a monthly salary of $1,137 and… Continue reading

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Somalia: Improved conditions not experienced in the South

New Street Names The Mogadishu mayor announced his plan to begin naming streets and numbering houses in Mogadishu. This will allow for the registration of people to their properties. In addition, this will help lead to the assistance of postal services for Mogadishu residents. Missile Strike Against Militants The U.S. has carried out air strikes… Continue reading

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Political defections, unbridled insurgents, and a shift to China

Nigerian senators from ruling party defect At least 11 senators have signed on to a letter signaling their defection from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressive Conference (APC), citing the PDP’s “factionalism.” The move comes after the defection of several state governors and increased criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan, including… Continue reading

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