Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Treatment of Time in Cloud Atlas

Warning: Some spoilers ahead from Cloud Atlas (the novel). To call David Mitchell’s landmark novel Cloud Atlas an intriguing book does not even begin to describe it. Among many other characteristics, what makes the book unique are the six separate stories Mitchell nests together and the widely different genres the stories encompass, ranging from a […] Continue reading

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Series Saturdays: A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the story of siblings Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after the mysterious death of their parents in a fire. Violet is the eldest and is an extraordinary inventor, Klaus is the middle child and avid reader, and Sunny is the baby with a set a strong teeth. The children spend […] Continue reading

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Avocados and Function Generators

There were two independent labs that were done over the course of the past three weeks. The objective of the first lab was to test our surface coils to see if it actually produced a decent image. We hooked our … Continue reading Continue reading

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South Africa: DNA Law, Miner Killed, Deporation Case

DNA Law A new law in South Africa will expand a state DNA database used to fight crime. The new law will force police to take samples from convicted offenders as well as suspects in crimes ranging from homicide to theft. Police are receiving training in this new method of collecting genetic evidence. There is… Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Caps for Sale

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business ~ By Esphyr Slobodkina For this fine Free Friday, I have chosen one of my childhood favorites, Caps for Sale. If you haven’t read it before, you are in for a treat! Esphyr Slobodkina is both the illustrator and author of […] Continue reading

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Pineapples and Power Amplifiers

  One notable event in the past couple weeks was imaging with our surface coil.  The star coil was hooked up to a 3T scanner and was used to image a mineral oil phantom and a pineapple.  The coil seemed … Continue reading Continue reading

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Ghana: Germany, Doctors, TWEAA

German Patriot Shames Ghana Mr Kwaku Anane-Gyinde of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Germany  challenged President John Dramani Mahama to initiate the needed economic policy in Ghana or step down from his position. This announcement was made over Sankofa FM over the weekend and calls into question the presidents legacy of corruption through SADA,… Continue reading

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Nigeria: Sacked central bank head, health care “hack-a-thon”, and a premature “victory” claim

Central Bank Governor suspended after reporting fraud Central Bank governor Lamido Sanusi was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan for alleged “financial recklessness and misconduct”; Sanusi, who “widely-respected” for banking reforms and was named Central Banker of the Year in 2010 by Banker magazine, last week pointed out that $20 billion of state oil revenue was… Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Turns 90, and Ongoing Problems with Corruption

Mugabe Turns 90 President Robert Mugabe turns 90 tomorrow, and there is still no sign of him retiring any time soon. He has outlived most of his younger siblings and many political foes. He once quipped that he would govern Zimbabwe until he turned 100, and having won a five year term last year, he… Continue reading

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South Sudan: Government on the Defensive

Upper Nile Capital Divided Fighting between South Sudanese government forces and rebels continued in the key oil state of Upper Nile, which is now the only oil producing state left in South Sudan. Even as the government publicly maintains its commitment to the January ceasefire agreement, Malakal, the state’s capital, is now split in two… Continue reading

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