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See detailEu10Mn6Sb13: A new ternary rare-earth transition-metal
Holm, A. P.; Park, S. M.; Condron, C. L. et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2003), 42(15), 4660-4667

A new transition-metal-containing Zintl compound, Eu10Mn6Sb13, was prepared by a high-temperature Sn-flux synthesis. The structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Eu10Mn6Sb13 ... [more ▼]

A new transition-metal-containing Zintl compound, Eu10Mn6Sb13, was prepared by a high-temperature Sn-flux synthesis. The structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Eu10Mn6Sb13 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/m with a = 15.1791(6) Angstrom, b = 19.1919(7) Angstrom, c = 12.2679(4) Angstrom, beta = 108.078(1)degrees, Z = 4 (R1 = 0.0410, wR2 = 0.0920), and T = 90(2) K. The structure of Eu10Mn6Sb13 is composed of double layers of Mn-centered tetrahedra separated by Eu2+ cations. The double layers are composed of edge- and corner-sharing Mn-centered tetrahedra which form cavities occupied by Eu2+ cations and [Sb-2](4-) dumbbells. Linear [Sb-3](5-) trimers bridging two tetrahedra across the cavity are also present. Bulk susceptibility data indicate paramagnetic behavior with a ferromagnetic component present below 60 K. Temperature-dependent electrical resistivity measurements show semiconducting behavior above 60 K (E-a = 0.115(2) eV), a large and unusually sharp maximum in the resistivity at similar to40 K, and metallic behavior below 40 K. Eu-151 Mossbauer spectra confirm that the europium is divalent with an average isomer shift of -11.2(1) mm/s at 100 K; the spectra obtained below 40 K reveal magnetic ordering of six of the seven europium sublattices and, at 4.2 K, complete ordering of the seven europium sublattices. [less ▲]

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See detailSagriwatel : une vue d'ensemble sur les parcelles.
Tychon, Bernard ULg; Istasse, Alain

Article for general public (2003)

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See detailCarbon and nitrogen isotopic ratios of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica: Depth-related variations
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Dauby, Patrick ULg; Fontaine, Michael ULg et al

in Botanica Marina (2003), 46(6), 555-561

Nitrogen (delta(15)N) and carbon (delta(13)C) isotopic compositions of Posidonia oceanica were determined during three seasons along a bathymetric gradient (438 m depth).The delta(15)N values are low (2.2 ... [more ▼]

Nitrogen (delta(15)N) and carbon (delta(13)C) isotopic compositions of Posidonia oceanica were determined during three seasons along a bathymetric gradient (438 m depth).The delta(15)N values are low (2.2+/-0.9%) and variable.They do not show any relation to depth or sampling dates. There is a significant difference between the delta(15)N values of the youngest and the oldest leaves, probably as a result of N resorption and senescing during leaf ageing. The delta(13)C values of young Posidonia leaves vary with depth, showing the relationship between delta(13)C values and primary productivity rate, and the use of a bicarbonate/CO2 mixture as an inorganic carbon source. The delta(13)C values of the oldest P. oceanica leaves are depleted in C-13 compared to those of young leaves. This modification of the C-13 signatures in relation to leaf age is particularly important between 20 and 29 m depth. This modification could be related to photosynthetic rate change during ageing, but also to change in carbohydrate composition and content. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation of training system for adults in educational technology
Denis, Brigitte ULg; Piette, Sylvie-Anne ULg

in Davies, Gordon; Stacey, Elisabeth (Eds.) Quality education @ a distance (2003)

This chapter reports the characteristics of a post graduate diploma on educational technologies based on a combination of face-to-face and distance activities and assesses its quality. We first define the ... [more ▼]

This chapter reports the characteristics of a post graduate diploma on educational technologies based on a combination of face-to-face and distance activities and assesses its quality. We first define the bases of the training program and present several tools (logbook, portfolio and questionnaires) which have been used to evaluate and regulate both training and individual learning process. Our observations indicate an increase and better regulation of the quality of the educational and learning processes. On the basis of the results we achieved, we propose that our original design could be extended to similar adult training programs. The way this innovative system is integrated in the universities shows an evolution due to its success that implies a certain kind of return on investment due to the demand of such kinds of device. [less ▲]

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See detailPorous carbon material
Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg; Pirard, René ULg; Job, Nathalie ULg

Patent (2003)

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See detailEvent-related potentials to emotional and neutral stimuli in alcoholism.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Olin, Cecile; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Neuropsychobiology (2003), 48(2), 77-81

Several studies have demonstrated that the emotional value of stimuli affects P300 amplitude. In the present study, the influence of alcohol-related stimuli in alcoholic patients was investigated ... [more ▼]

Several studies have demonstrated that the emotional value of stimuli affects P300 amplitude. In the present study, the influence of alcohol-related stimuli in alcoholic patients was investigated. Subjects were 10 alcoholic inpatients (3 female) and 10 age- and sex-matched controls. Eight alcohol-related and 8 neutral words served as stimuli in a visual oddball paradigm. Acohol-related words were targets (48 stimuli, 33%) and neutral words were standard stimuli (96 stimuli, 66%). Results showed that P300 amplitude for targets did not differ significantly between the two groups. However, P300 latency for targets as well as reaction time were significantly shorter in male alcoholic patients. In contrast, P300 latency was increased in female alcoholic patients but reaction time did not differ. These results suggest that male alcoholics process information linked to alcohol cues more rapidly than neutral cues, probably because a specific semantic network is activated in these patients. The decreased reaction time confirms the impulsive behavior frequently found in male alcoholism, as it has been described in type II alcoholism. Besides, the results imply that information processing was delayed in female alcoholic patients. Therefore this study demonstrates a gender-dependent impact of alcohol-related stimuli on information processing. [less ▲]

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See detailL’emploi du smalt chez Bles et dans sa mouvance
Allart, Dominique ULg; Oger, Cécile; Denoël, Sophie et al

in Allart, Dominique; Hoffsummer, Patrick (Eds.) L’archéométrie au service des monuments et des œuvres d’art (2003)

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See detailLipides, dépression et suicide
Colin, A.; Reggers, Jean ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg et al

in Encéphale (L') (2003), 29(1, JAN-FEB), 49-58

Polyunsatured fatty acids are made out of a hydrocarbonated chain of variable length with several double bonds. The position of the first double bond (omega; omega) differentiates polyunsatured omega3 ... [more ▼]

Polyunsatured fatty acids are made out of a hydrocarbonated chain of variable length with several double bonds. The position of the first double bond (omega; omega) differentiates polyunsatured omega3 fatty acids (for example : alpha-linolenic acid or alpha-LNA) and polyunsatured omega6 fatty acids (for example : linoleic acid or LA). These two classes of fatty acids are said to be essential because they cannot be synthetised by the organism and have to be taken from alimentation. The omega3 are present in linseed oil, nuts, soya beans, wheat and cold water fish whereas omega6 are present in maize, sunflower and sesame oil. Fatty acids are part of phospholipids and, consequently, of all biological membranes. The membrane fluidity, of crucial importance for its functionning, depends on its lipidic components. Phospholipids composed of chains of polyunsatured fatty acids increase the membrane fluidity because, by bending some chains, double bonds prevent them from compacting themselves perfectly. Membrane fluidity is also determined by the phospholipids/free cholesterol ratio, as cholesterol increases membrane viscosity. A diet based on a high proportion of essential polyunsatured fatty acids (fluid) would allow a higher incorporation of cholesterol (rigid) in the membranes to balance their fluidity, which would contribute to lower blood cholesterol levels. Brain membranes have a very high content in essential polyunsatured fatty acids for which they depend on alimentation. Any dietary lack of essential polyunsatured fatty acids has consequences on cerebral development, modifying the activity of enzymes of the cerebral membranes and decreasing efficiency in learning tasks. Epidemiological data - The prevalence of depression seems to increase continuously since the beginning of the century. Though different factors most probably contribute to this evolution, it has been suggested that it could be related to an evolution of alimentary patterns in the Western world, in which polyunsatured omega fatty acids contained in fish, game and vegetables have been largely replaced by polyunsatured omega6 fatty acids of cereal oils. Some epidemiological data support the hypothesis of a relation between lower depression and/or suicide rates and a higher consumption of fish. These data do not however prove a relation of causality. Cholesterol and depression - Several cohort studies (on nondepressed subjects) have assessed the relationship between plasma cholesterol and depressive symptoms with contradictory results. Though some results found a significant relationship between a decrease of total cholesterol and high scores of depression, some other did not. Studies among patients suffering from major depression signalled more constantly an association between low cholesterol and major depression. Besides, some trials showed that clinical recovery maybe associated with a significant increase of total cholesterol. Cholesterol and suicidal behaviour - The hypothesis that a low cholesterol level may represent a suicidal risk factor was discovered accidentally following a series of epidemiological studies which revealed an increase of the suicidal risk among subjects with a low cholesterol level. Though some contradictory studies do exist, this relationship has been confirmed by several subsequent cohort studies. These findings have challenged the vast public health programs aimed at promoting the decrease of cholesterol, and even suggested to suspend the administration of lipid lowering drugs. Recent clinical studies on populations treated whith lipid lowering drugs showed nevertheless a lack of significant increase of mortality, either by suicide or accident. In addition, several controlled studies among psychiatric patients revealed a decrease of the concentrations of plasma cholesterol among patients who had attempted suicide in comparison with other patients. Polyunsaturated fatty acids and depression - In major depression, all studies revealed a significant decrease of the polyunsaturated omega3 fatty acids and/or an increase of the omega6/omega3 ratio in plasma and/or in the membranes of the red cells. In addition, two studies found a higher severity of depression when the level of polyunsaturated omega fatty acids or the ratio omega3/omega6 was low. Parallel to these modifications, other biochemical perturbations have been reported in major depression, particularly an activation of the inflammatory response system, resulting in an increase of the pro-inflammatory cytokines (interleukins: IL-1beta, IL-6 and interferon gamma) and eicosanoids (among others, prostaglandin E2) in the blood and the CSF of depressed patients. These substances cause a peroxidation and, consequently a catabolism of membrane phospholipids, among others those containing polyunsaturated fatty acids. The cytokines and eicosanoids derive from polyunsaturated fatty acids and have opposite physiological functions according to their omega or omega6 precursor. Arachidonic acid (omega6) is, among others, precursor of pro-inflammatoty prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), whereas polyunsaturated W fatty acids inhibit the formation of PGE2. It has been shown that a dietary increase of polyunsaturated W fatty acids reduced strongly the production of IL-1beta, IL-2, IL-6 and TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis factor-alpha). In contrast, diets with a higher supply of linoleic acid (omega6) increased significantly the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, like TNF-alpha. Therefore, polyunsaturated omega3 fatty acids could be associated at different levels in the pathophysiology of major depression, on the one hand through their role in the membrane fluidity which influences diverse steps of neurotransmission and, on the other hand, through their function as precursor of pro-inflammatory cytokines and eicosanoids disturbing neurotransmission. In addition, antidepressants could exhibit an immunoregulating effect by reducing the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, by increasing the release of endogenous antagonists of pro-inflammatory cytokines like IL-10 and, finally, by acting like inhibitors of cyclo-oxygenase. Therapeutic use of fatty acids - Data available concerning the administration of supplements of DHA (docosahexanoic acid) or other polyunsaturated fatty acids omega3 are limited. In a double blind placebo-controlled study on 30 patients with bipolar disorder, the addition of polyunsaturated omega3 fatty acids was associated with a longer period of remission. Moreover, nearly all the other prognosis measures were better in the omega3 group. Very recently, a controlled trial showed the benefits of adding an omega3 fatty acid, eicosopentanoic acid, among depressed patients. After 4 weeks, six of the 10 patients receiving the fatty acid were considered as responders in comparison with only one of the ten patients receiving placebo. Conclusions Some epidemiological, experimental and clinical data favour the hypothesis that polyunsaturated fatty acids could play a role in the pathogenesis and/or the treatment of depression. More studies however are needed in order to better precise the actual implication of those biochemical factors among the various aspects of depressive illness. [less ▲]

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See detail« Comment servir le souverain ». A propos d’un traité pseudo-platonicien inédit
Bauden, Frédéric ULg; Ghersetti, Antonella

in Quaderni di Studi Arabi (2003), 20-21

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See detailCensure et stéréotype. Structures du sens commun journalistique
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (2003), 97-99

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See detailShortened irradiation scheme, continuous infusion of 5-fluorouracil and fractionation of mitomycin C in locally advanced anal carcinomas. Results of a phase II study of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer. Radiotherapy and Gastrointestinal Cooperative Groups
Bosset, J. F.; Roelofsen, F.; Morgan, D. A. L. et al

in European Journal of Cancer (2003), 39

Abstract The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 22861 randomised trial established that combined radiochemotherapy is the standard treatment for locally advanced anal ... [more ▼]

Abstract The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 22861 randomised trial established that combined radiochemotherapy is the standard treatment for locally advanced anal cancer. This EORTC phase II study (#22953) tests the feasibility of reducing the gap between sequences to 2 weeks, to deliver Mitomycin C (MMC) in each radiotherapy sequence and 5-FU continuously during the treatment. The first sequence consisted of 36 Gy over 4 weeks. 5-FU 200 mg/m2/days 1–26, MMC 10 mg/m2/day 1 gap 16 days. Then a second sequence of 23.4 Gy over 17 days, 5-FU 200 mg/m2/days 1–17 and, MMC 10 mg/m2/day 1 was given. 43 patients with a World Health Organization (WHO) status of 0 (n=27) or 1 (n=16) and with T2-T4, N0-3 tumours were included. Compliance with the planned treatment, doses and duration was 93%. The complete response rate was 90.7%. Grade 3 toxicities of 28, 12 and 2% were observed for skin, diarrhoea and haematological toxicities, respectively. The 3-year estimated rates for trials 22861 and 22953 are: 68 and 88% for local control; 72 and 81% for colostomy-free interval, 62 and 84% for severe late toxicity-free interval, and 70 and 81% for survival, respectively. The 22953 scheme is feasible and the results are promising. This is now considered as the new standard scheme by the EORTC. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Zápara Indians : the Consecration of an Endangered People
Bilhaut, Anne-Gaël ULg

in Museum International (2003), 55(2), 25-30

Focuses on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) declaration of the oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara people of Amazonia as a 'Masterpiece ... [more ▼]

Focuses on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) declaration of the oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara people of Amazonia as a 'Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.' Impact that the UNESCO recognition has had on the Zápara; Details of how the Zápara were able to secure sacred status from the UNESCO. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolutionary ecology of paedomorphosis in the Alpine newt Triturus alpestris
Denoël, Mathieu ULg

Conference (2003)

Paedomorphosis, in which individuals retain ancestral characteristics in the adult stage, is widespread in newts and salamanders and is suspected to play an important role in evolution. In some species ... [more ▼]

Paedomorphosis, in which individuals retain ancestral characteristics in the adult stage, is widespread in newts and salamanders and is suspected to play an important role in evolution. In some species, paedomorphosis is facultative with some individuals skipping the metamorphic stage. Dimorphic populations of the Alpine newt inhabit a large variety of aquatic habitats such as permanent lakes and temporary ponds. The aim of this study was to determine the benefits of the alternatives in these different habitats. To this end, I focused on resource partitioning, energy intake, body condition and age structures in different populations composed of the two morphs. In deep lakes, there was a substantial trophic differentiation between morphs. Paedomorphs primarily preyed on plankton whereas metamorphs foraged on terrestrial invertebrates that fell to the water surface. By reducing competition, resource partitioning may contribute to the coexistence of the alternative morphs in heterogeneous habitats. On the contrary, in a small pond, resource use was similar in the two morphs. Maturity is reached earlier in the paedomorphs from this small pond than in metamorphs (progenetic process), favoring then a rapid turn-over of the population, while similar gonadal development was observed in one of the deep lakes (neotenic process). Body condition was generally higher in paedomorphs than in metamorphs in each studied population. These results show that facultative paedomorphosis is adaptive in varied habitats, but that different factors may favor it depending of the characteristics of the environment. Paedomorphic phenotypes can thus be selected in low altitude productive ponds and high altitude oligotrophic lakes. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of Transport Safety by control of fog production in a chamber
Andre, Philippe ULg

Report (2003)

Rapport final du projet "Improvement of Transport Safety by control of fog production in a chamber", qui s'est déroulé entre 2000 et 2003, finance par l'Union Européenne, dans le cadre du programme ... [more ▼]

Rapport final du projet "Improvement of Transport Safety by control of fog production in a chamber", qui s'est déroulé entre 2000 et 2003, finance par l'Union Européenne, dans le cadre du programme "Growth" [less ▲]

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See detailStratégies de fusion d’images P/XS basées sur les principes colorimétriques et l’Egalisation de Statistiques Locales
Cornet, Yves ULg; Schenke, Christophe ULg; De Bethune, S. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Française de Photogrammétrie et Télédétection (2003), 169

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See detailİzmir Gezisi: Antoine Galland'ın Bir Elyazması (1678)
Galland, Antoine; Bauden, Frédéric ULg; Üyepazarcı, Erol

Book published by İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi Kültür Yayını (2003)

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See detailAutonoos : Le grec ancien pour grands débutants. Volume 2
Renaud, Jean-Michel ULg; Wathelet, Paul ULg

Book published by C.I.P.L. (2003)

L’ouvrage comporte six annexes : les temps primitifs des verbes réputés irréguliers en grec classique, ces temps primitifs sont sans doute pour la première fois expliqués, dans la mesure du possible, par ... [more ▼]

L’ouvrage comporte six annexes : les temps primitifs des verbes réputés irréguliers en grec classique, ces temps primitifs sont sans doute pour la première fois expliqués, dans la mesure du possible, par l’histoire de la langue ; la formation des noms et des adjectifs, selon les règles d’évolution de la langue ; les usages principaux des particules grecques, exemples à l’appui ; les formes du duel ; quelques règles de prosodie et de métrique ; et enfin une dernière annexe, beaucoup plus importante quant à son ampleur, qui fournit les principales caractéristiques des dialectes littéraires (langue épique, éolien oriental, dorien de la lyrique et ionien oriental), avec de nouveau des extraits d’auteurs, introduits, commentés (avec le vocabulaire et la justification des formes) et traduits. [less ▲]

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See detailBartsch, Charles
Pirenne, Christophe ULg

in Nouvelle Biographie Nationale (2003)

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See detailA Framework For Humanoid Control and Intelligence
Platt, Robert; Brock, Oliver; Fagg, Andrew et al

in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Humanoid Robots (2003)

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