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See detailObservations and asteroseismic analysis of the rapidly pulsating hot B subdwarf PG 0911+456
Randall, Suzanna K.; Green, Elizabeth M.; Van Grootel, Valérie ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 476

Aims:The principal aim of this project is to determine the structural parameters of the rapidly pulsating subdwarf B star PG 0911+456 from asteroseismology. Our work forms part of an ongoing programme to ... [more ▼]

Aims:The principal aim of this project is to determine the structural parameters of the rapidly pulsating subdwarf B star PG 0911+456 from asteroseismology. Our work forms part of an ongoing programme to constrain the internal characteristics of hot B subdwarfs with the long-term goal of differentiating between the various formation scenarios proposed for these objects. So far, a detailed asteroseismic interpretation has been carried out for 6 such pulsators, with apparent success. First comparisons with evolutionary theory look promising, however it is clear that more targets are needed for meaningful statistics to be derived. Methods: The observational pulsation periods of PG 0911+456 were extracted from rapid time-series photometry using standard Fourier analysis techniques. Supplemented by spectroscopic estimates of the star's mean atmospheric parameters, they were used as a basis for the “forward modelling” approach in asteroseismology. The latter culminates in the identification of one or more “optimal” models that can accurately reproduce the observed period spectrum. This naturally leads to an identification of the oscillations detected in terms of degree ℓ and radial order k, and infers the structural parameters of the target. Results: The high S/N low- and medium resolution spectroscopy obtained led to a refinement of the atmospheric parameters for PG 0911+456, the derived values being T_eff = 31 940 ± 220 K, log g = 5.767 ± 0.029, and log He/H = -2.548 ± 0.058. From the photometry it was possible to extract 7 independent pulsation periods in the 150-200 s range with amplitudes between 0.05 and 0.8% of the star's mean brightness. There was no indication of fine frequency splitting over the 68-day time baseline, suggesting a very slow rotation rate. An asteroseismic search of parameter space identified several models that matched the observed properties of PG 0911+456 well, one of which was isolated as the “optimal” model on the basis of spectroscopic and mode identification considerations. All the observed pulsations are identified with low-order acoustic modes with degree indices ℓ = 0,1,2 and 4, and match the computed periods with a dispersion of only 0.26%, typical of the asteroseismological studies carried out to date for this type of star. The inferred structural parameters of PG 0911+456 are T_eff = 31 940 ± 220 K (from spectroscopy), log {g} = 5.777 ± 0.002, Mast/Msun = 0.39 ± 0.01, log{M_env/Mast} = -4.69 ± 0.07, R/Rsun = 0.133 ± 0.001 and L/Lsun = 16.4 ± 0.8. We also derive the absolute magnitude MV = 4.82 ± 0.04 and a distance d = 930.3 ± 27.4 pc. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat is it like to be vegetative or minimally conscious?
Laureys, Steven ULg; Boly, Mélanie ULg

in Current Opinion in Neurology (2007), 20(6), 609-613

Purpose of review Patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state continue to pose problems in terms of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Despite recent waves of international media attention ... [more ▼]

Purpose of review Patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state continue to pose problems in terms of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Despite recent waves of international media attention following Terri Schiavo's death and the 'miracle recovery' of Terry Wallis, research efforts aimed at increasing our knowledge about brain function in these conditions remain scarce and must address a series of difficulties, including financial and ethical barriers. Here we review current possibilities and limitations of clinical and para-clinical assessment of chronic disorders of consciousness. Recent findings During the past year the field has witnessed publication of significant, yet isolated, case reports in top-ranking journals, including Science and Nature. Such milestone reports and other impressive recent technological advances in the study of vegetative and minimally conscious patients reveal enthralling areas of science that must find their way to clinical medical reality. Summary Consciousness is a subjective experience whose study has remained within the purview of philosophy for millennia. That has finally changed, and empirical evidence from functional neuroimaging offers a genuine glimpse at a solution to the infamous mind-body conundrum. New technological and scientific advances offer the neurological community unique ways to improve our understanding and management of vegetative and minimally conscious patients. [less ▲]

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See detailQuestions de didactique des langues étrangères, du FLE (cycle de conf.)
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2007, December)

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See detailCriminologie du crime en col blanc: le centenaire d'un quinquagénaire
Dantinne, Michaël ULg

in Bosly, Henri; Demanet, Georges; Bernard, Michel (Eds.) et al Cent ans de publication de droit pénal et de criminologie: le centenaire de la revue de droit pénal et de criminologie (2007)

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See detailLégende de la Carte Numérique des Sols de Wallonie - version 2
Bah, Boubacar Billo; Legrain, Xavier ULg; Engels, Patrick ULg et al

Book published by Unité de Science du Sol - GxABT - ULg - 2ème éd. revue et corrigée (2007)

Cette synthèse commente la structure et le contenu de la légende de la Carte Numérique des Sols de Wallonie (CNSW), réalisée dans le cadre du Projet de Cartographie Numérique des Sols de Wallonie (PCNSW).

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See detailApproche ethnopharmacologique de plantes utilisées en médecine traditionnelle au Cambodge dans le traitement des maladies infectieuses, des fièvres et du paludisme
Cheng, S. K.; Chea, Aun; Hout, Sothera et al

in Ethnopharmacologia (2007), 40

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See detailAlternating Spatial Patterns for Coordinated Group Motion
Swain, Daniel T.; Leonard, Naomi Ehrich; Couzin, Iain D. et al

in Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2007, December)

Abstract—Motivated by recent observations of fish schools, we study coordinated group motion for individuals with oscillatory speed. Neighbors that have speed oscillations with common frequency, amplitude ... [more ▼]

Abstract—Motivated by recent observations of fish schools, we study coordinated group motion for individuals with oscillatory speed. Neighbors that have speed oscillations with common frequency, amplitude and average but different phases, move together in alternating spatial patterns, taking turns being towards the front, sides and back of the group. We propose a model and control laws to investigate the connections between these spatial dynamics, communication when sensing is range or direction limited, and convergence of coordinated group motions. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of Bio-climatic zones in North East India
Singh, Manoj Kumar ULg; Mahapatra, Sadhan; Atreya, S.K.

in Energy & Buildings (2007), 39(12), 1250-1257

This paper represents the very basic work of bio-climatic classification of north-east India into warm and humid, cool and humid and cold and cloudy zones. This classification is extremely useful to the ... [more ▼]

This paper represents the very basic work of bio-climatic classification of north-east India into warm and humid, cool and humid and cold and cloudy zones. This classification is extremely useful to the building design for wide range of objectives such as climate responsive building design, building energy conservation, thermal comfort, out door design conditions, etc. This classification is based on the meteorological data collected over a period of more than 30 years, from Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati, India from 30 stations spread all over the region. Psychometric charts are prepared for each bio-climatic zone to assess the potential of solar passive design strategies for residential buildings. [less ▲]

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See detailRising Sea Levels threatens the Nile Delta
Attia, Shady ULg

in 'scape : The International Magazine of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism (2007), 2

Like many other deltas, Egypt is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming. A relative rise in sea-level of 1 m would submerge much of the delta region within 30 km of the coast during the ... [more ▼]

Like many other deltas, Egypt is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming. A relative rise in sea-level of 1 m would submerge much of the delta region within 30 km of the coast during the next 100 years. Rising sea levels would have significant long-term impacts on physical, biological and socio-economic conditions of the Nile Delta. These include the damage and destruction of buildings near beaches, erosion of beaches, salt-water intrusion, and flooding more than 1,200 km2 of Egypt’s Delta Coastline. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Formulation for the Numerical Simulation of Forming Processes
Boman, Romain ULg; Papeleux, Luc ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in International Workshop 2007: Advancements in Design Optimization of Materials, Structures and Mechanical Systems (2007, December)

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See detailFolate receptor autoimmunity and cerebral folate deficiency in low-functioning autism with neurological deficits
RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; Blau, N.; Sequeira, J. M. et al

in Neuropediatrics (2007), 38(6), 276-281

Reduced folate transport to the CNS was identified in two autism spectrum disorders, i.e., Rett syndrome and infantile low-functioning autism with neurological abnormalities. Twenty-five patients with ... [more ▼]

Reduced folate transport to the CNS was identified in two autism spectrum disorders, i.e., Rett syndrome and infantile low-functioning autism with neurological abnormalities. Twenty-five patients with early-onset low-functioning autism with or without neurological deficits, were evaluated for serum folate, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5MTHF), and serum FR autoantibodies of the blocking type to determine the significance of folate receptor (FR) autoantibodies with respect to folate transport across the blood-CSF barrier. In spite of normal serum folate, CSF 5MTHF was low in 23 of 25 patients. The reduced CSF folate in 19 of these 23 patients could be explained by serum FR autoantibodies blocking the folate binding site of the membrane-attached FR on the choroid epithelial cells. Oral folinic acid supplements led to normal CSF 5MTHF and partial or complete clinical recovery after 12 months. Serum FR autoimmunity appears to represent an important factor in the pathogenesis of reduced folate transport to the nervous system among children with early-onset low-functioning autism associated with or without neurological deficits. Early detection of FR autoantibodies may be a key factor in the prevention and therapeutic intervention among this subgroup of patients with autism. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart. [less ▲]

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See detailConsensus under general convexity
tuna, S. E.; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2007, December)

A method is proposed to characterize contraction of a set through orthogonal projections. For discrete-time multi-agent systems, quantitative estimates of convergence (to a consensus) rate are provided by ... [more ▼]

A method is proposed to characterize contraction of a set through orthogonal projections. For discrete-time multi-agent systems, quantitative estimates of convergence (to a consensus) rate are provided by means of contracting convex sets. Required convexity for the sets that should include the values that the transition maps of agents take is considered in a more general sense than that of Euclidean geometry. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Construction of WiMAX Mesh Tree
Nahle, Salim; Iannone, Luigi,; Donnet, Benoît ULg et al

in IEEE Communications Letters (2007), 11(12),

The IEEE 802.16 protocol, also known as WiMAX, has been designed to support long-range communications with high bitrates, using two operation modes: Point-to-Multi-Point (PMP) and Mesh. In the mesh mode ... [more ▼]

The IEEE 802.16 protocol, also known as WiMAX, has been designed to support long-range communications with high bitrates, using two operation modes: Point-to-Multi-Point (PMP) and Mesh. In the mesh mode, Subscriber Stations (SSs) can directly communicate with each other, thus forming a tree, and can be used to forward other's data packets in a multi-hop fashion. On the contrary, in the PMP mode only one hop communication toward the Base Station (BS) is allowed. In this paper, we investigate the performance of the mesh mode by proposing an algorithm for constructing the WiMAX mesh tree. Our algorithm increases routes' effective throughput by splitting long links into multiple shorter ones. We show through simulations that this approach leads to improving the throughput capacity of WiMAX-based wireless mesh networks. [less ▲]

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See detailDu « capital social » à l’utilité sociale : Petite étude sur le lien social chez les personnes précarisées
Italiano, Patrick ULg

Book published by Editions de l'ULG (2007)

Etude de l'évolution du lien social au cours du parcours de vie de personnes en précarité aiguë

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See detailBulletin de la Société Voltaire n°15
Tilkin, Françoise ULg

E-print/Working paper (2007)

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See detailPredatory boreholes in Tournaisian (Lower Carboniferous) spiriferid brachiopods
Mottequin, Bernard ULg; Sevastopulo, George

in Budd, G. E.; Streng, M.; Daley, A. C. (Eds.) et al Programme with abstracts of the 51st Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting (2007, December)

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See detailFe-2(II)(PO4)(OH), a synthetic analogue of wolfeite
Hatert, Frédéric ULg

in Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications (2007), 63(Part 12), 119-121

This paper reports the hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structure refinement of diiron(II) phosphate hydroxide, Fe-2(II)(PO4)(OH), obtained at 1063 K and 2.5 GPa. This phosphate is the synthetic ... [more ▼]

This paper reports the hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structure refinement of diiron(II) phosphate hydroxide, Fe-2(II)(PO4)(OH), obtained at 1063 K and 2.5 GPa. This phosphate is the synthetic analogue of the mineral wolfeite, and has a crystal structure topologically identical to those of minerals of the triplite-triploidite group. The complex framework contains edge-and corner-sharing FeO4(OH) and FeO4(OH)(2) polyhedra, linked via corner-sharing to the PO4 tetrahedra (average P-O distances are between 1.537 and 1.544 angstrom). Four five-coordinated Fe sites are at the centers of distorted trigonal bipyramids (average Fe-O distances are between 2.070 and 2.105 angstrom), whereas the coordination environments of the remaining Fe sites are distorted octahedra (average Fe-O distances are between 2.146 and 2.180 angstrom). The Fe-O distances are similar to those observed in natural Mg-rich wolfeite, except for two Fe-O bond distances, which are significantly longer in synthetic Fe-2(2+) (PO4)(OH). [less ▲]

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