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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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See detailOutils pour le diagnostic et la remédiation des difficultés d'acquisition de la lecture en 1re et 2e années du primaire
Deum, Mélanie ULg; Gabelica, Catherine; Lafontaine, Annette ULg et al

Report (2007)

L’apprentissage de la lecture constitue une étape importante pour les enfants; certains d’entre eux l’attendent avec impatience, d’autres le redoutent. La lecture est en effet un processus complexe, on le ... [more ▼]

L’apprentissage de la lecture constitue une étape importante pour les enfants; certains d’entre eux l’attendent avec impatience, d’autres le redoutent. La lecture est en effet un processus complexe, on le sait: l’apprenti lecteur doit apprendre à maîtriser différentes stratégies mais aussi à les coordonner. Les obstacles peuvent donc se situer à différents niveaux et les difficultés peuvent s’ancrer très tôt dans la scolarité, d’autant que les élèves ne sont pas tous égaux lorsqu’ils débutent dans l’apprentissage de la lecture-écriture. Laisser passer l’occasion d’identifier les forces sur lesquelles on pourra s’appuyer, ou les points faibles pour y réagir de manière adéquate dès les étapes initiales de l’apprentissage peut être lourd de conséquences: les difficultés s’accumulent et augurent d’un parcours d’échecs qui peut brouiller les élèves précocement et parfois définitivement avec la lecture, faute d’un diagnostic et d’une remédiation mise en place en temps utile. On connaît toute l’importance de la lecture dans les autres apprentissages scolaires. Même s’il est vrai qu’on apprend à lire toute sa vie, un échec dans les apprentissages de base de la lecture ne se surmonte pas facilement. Or, les outils manquent dans les écoles pour poser un diagnostic fin des difficultés auxquelles certains élèves se heurtent dès leurs premiers pas dans les apprentissages. Les enseignants se sentent démunis face à la réalisation d’un diagnostic précis: ils disent qu’ils peuvent très tôt repérer un élève qui ne suit pas ou n’accroche pas, mais ne savent pas toujours détecter précisément ce qui fait obstacle. Par ailleurs, un sentiment de malaise par rapport à la gestion des difficultés et des différences de niveaux de lecture des élèves a été mis en évidence dans une enquête1 menée auprès d’un échantillon représentatif d’un millier d’enseignants de 1re et 2e années primaires. Très peu d’enseignants estiment être bien préparés pour faire face aux difficultés en lecture et avoir bénéficié d’une formation suffisante en matière de remédiation. Au-delà d’aides plus spécialisées (par l’intervention de logopèdes, par exemple) et du soutien que certains parents peuvent donner à leur enfant, il apparaît essentiel d’apporter une aide aux enseignants responsables de l’apprentissage initial de la lecture. [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 detailAutonomous rigid body attitude synchronization
Sarlette, Alain ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Leonard, Naomi

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

This paper studies some extensions to the decentralized attitude synchronization of identical rigid bodies. Considering fully actuated Euler equations, the communication links between the rigid bodies are ... [more ▼]

This paper studies some extensions to the decentralized attitude synchronization of identical rigid bodies. Considering fully actuated Euler equations, the communication links between the rigid bodies are limited and the available information is restricted to relative orientations and angular velocities. In particular, no leader nor external reference dictates the swarm's behavior. The control laws are derived using two classical approaches of nonlinear control - tracking and energy shaping. This leads to a comparison of two corresponding methods which are currently considered for distributed synchronization - consensus and stabilization of mechanical systems with symmetries. [less ▲]

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See detailColliding-wind binaries as non-thermal X-ray emitters: an observational investigation from XMM-Newton to next generation X-ray observatories
De Becker, Michaël ULg

Poster (2007, December)

The investigation of massive stars in the radio domain revealed about 25 years ago that some of them are synchrotron emitters, showing that these objects are able to accelerate particles up to ... [more ▼]

The investigation of massive stars in the radio domain revealed about 25 years ago that some of them are synchrotron emitters, showing that these objects are able to accelerate particles up to relativistic velocities. In this context, non-thermal emission processes such as inverse Compton scattering are expected to be at work in the high-energy domain. For this reason, an observational campaign devoted to the X-ray investigation of non-thermal radio emitters has been carried out with XMM-Newton. However, considering the rather strong thermal X-ray emission from these systems below 10 keV, XMM-Newton does not appear to be the ideal observatory to detect their putative non-thermal X-rays. As a consequence, the advent of next generation X-ray observatories with a bandpass extending significantly above 10 keV (SIMBOL-X, XEUS, NEXT) is expected to provide important results related to the non-thermal high-energy emission from colliding-wind binaries and their capability to accelerate particles. [less ▲]

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

E-print/Working paper (2007)

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See detailCaractérisation physiologique et biochimique du processus de vieillissement du tubercule de pomme de terre (Solanum tuberosum L.)
Delaplace, Pierre ULg

Doctoral thesis (2007)

Potato seed tuber is considered as a model organ to study plant ageing. Besides, its physiological age greatly influences germination pattern and thus agronomical performance. In order to unravel the ... [more ▼]

Potato seed tuber is considered as a model organ to study plant ageing. Besides, its physiological age greatly influences germination pattern and thus agronomical performance. In order to unravel the biochemical processes underlying ageing, potato seed tubers (cv. Bintje and Désirée) were stored at 4°C for 7 months and regularly sampled to assess both physiological and biochemical parameters. Physiological age markers (PAI, incubation period) evolution was measured and allowed us to define a reference frame more accurate than the chronological age. A correlation has also been established with the growth parameters (number of stems, duration before emergence). In parallel, two biochemical approaches allowed us to assay proteome and antioxidant system modifications occurring during ageing. Protein pattern evolution was assessed by DIGE after hot SDS extraction. During ageing, 93 spots were strictly up- or down- regulated while 4 others exhibited an abundance curve with a transient maximum. After manual picking of 43 selected spots based on their expression profile, 32 proteins were identified by MS/MS. Differentially expressed proteins are mainly involved in patatin catabolism, stress response, glycolysis, protein turn-over and lipid oxidation. A complementary targeted approach has then been set up based on the free radical ageing theory. SOD, CAT, APX and POX activities as well as ascorbate, glutathione, carotenoid and phenolic compound contents were measured during ageing. These data seem to indicate that the antioxidant system undergoes marked changes in response to an increased production of reactive oxygen species. However, no accumulation of oxidative damages has been observed on lipids and proteins. All these kinetic data allowed us to build an integrated ageing model. These results are discussed in the above-mentioned theoretical context. [less ▲]

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See detailLa circonscription fédérale : un placebo administré à un malade incurable?
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

E-print/Working paper (2007)

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See detailLégende de la Carte Numérique des Sols de Wallonie - version 2
Bah, Boubacar Billo ULg; 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 detailIntussen aan de kersttafel...
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Perrin, Dominique ULg

Article for general public (2007)

De afgelopen weken heb ik de reclamefolders van mijn dichtstbijzijnde hypermarkt uitgeplozen om een fijn dineetje samen te stellen. Hierna volgt het resultaat voor acht personen, met tussen haakjes het ... [more ▼]

De afgelopen weken heb ik de reclamefolders van mijn dichtstbijzijnde hypermarkt uitgeplozen om een fijn dineetje samen te stellen. Hierna volgt het resultaat voor acht personen, met tussen haakjes het aantal kilometers dat elk ingrediënt heeft afgelegd om naar België te komen en de hoeveelheid CO2 in kilogram die het transport geproduceerd heeft. Ik heb vooral ingrediënten gekozen die met het vliegtuig worden aangevoerd, want luchttransport produceert gemiddeld zestig keer meer CO2 dan vervoer over zee. [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction between dendritic cells and nerve fibres in lymphoid organs after oral scrapie exposure
Dorban, Gauthier ULg; Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Demonceau, Christine ULg et al

in Virchows Archiv (2007), 451(6), 1057-1065

In transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), the infectious agent, called PrPsc, an abnormal isoform of the cellular prion protein, accumulates and replicates in lymphoid organs before affecting ... [more ▼]

In transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), the infectious agent, called PrPsc, an abnormal isoform of the cellular prion protein, accumulates and replicates in lymphoid organs before affecting the nervous system. To clarify the cellular requirements for the neuro-invasion of the scrapie agent from the lymphoid organs to the central nervous system, we have studied, by confocal microscopy, the innervations within Peyer's patches, mesenteric lymph nodes and the spleen of mice in physiological conditions and after oral exposure to prion. Contacts between nerve fibres and PrPsc-associated cells, dendritic cells (DCs) and follicular dendritic cells (FDCs), were evaluated in preclinical prion-infected mice. Using a double immunolabelling strategy, we demonstrated the lack of innervation of PrPsc-accumulating cells (FDCs). Contacts between nerve fibers and PrPsc-propagating cells (DCs) were detected in T-cell zones and cell-trafficking areas. This supports, for the first time, the possible implication of dendritic cells in the prion neuroinvasion process. [less ▲]

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See detailNoël en famille ou 15 litres de pétrole
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Perrin, Dominique ULg

Article for general public (2007)

La semaine précédant Noël, j’ai décortiqué les publicités de mon hypermarché le plus proche pour préparer le repas familial tant attendu. Et voici ce que j’ai pu concocter pour huit personnes avec, entre ... [more ▼]

La semaine précédant Noël, j’ai décortiqué les publicités de mon hypermarché le plus proche pour préparer le repas familial tant attendu. Et voici ce que j’ai pu concocter pour huit personnes avec, entre parenthèses, les kilomètres parcourus entre le pays de production et la Belgique ainsi que les kilogrammes de CO2 émis uniquement pour le transport aérien intercontinental de ces produits achetés. L’analyse se focalise sur le transport par voie aérienne puisque celui-ci émet, en moyenne, 60 fois plus de CO2 que le transport par voie maritime. [less ▲]

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See detailNoms de lieux du Grand-Bornand
Delorme, Jérémie ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2007)

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See detailLes sphères publiques dans les pays arabo-islamiques. Construction d’un cadre d’analyse pour l’étude de la situation actuelle
Nachi, Mohamed ULg

Scientific conference (2007, December)

Construction d’un cadre d’analyse pour l’étude des espaces publics au Maghreb

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See detailEndometrial vessel maturation in women exposed to levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system for a short or prolonged period of time
Ravet, Stéphanie ULg; Labied, Soraya ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in Human Reproduction (2007), 22(12), 3084-3091

BACKGROUND: Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS), although inserted to reduce heavy menstruation, causes irregular early transient bleeding. The objective of the study was to document ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS), although inserted to reduce heavy menstruation, causes irregular early transient bleeding. The objective of the study was to document quantitative changes in endometrial vessels of short- (< or =3 months) and long-term (> or =12 months) LNG users. The area, density and maturation of endometrial vessels were quantified in 19 endometrial biopsies of women with LNG-IUS and in 10 normally ovulating patients during mid-luteal phase. METHODS: Vessel maturation was evaluated by double immunostaining using anti-von Willebrand factor (endothelial cell marker) and anti-alpha Smooth Muscle Actin (vascular smooth muscle cells) antibodies. Vessel area, number and density were quantified with a novel computer-assisted image analysis system. RESULTS: Endometrium exposed to LNG-IUS for 1-3 months displayed a 11.5-fold increase in small naked vessel number. The partially mature vessel (alphaSMA partially positive) number increased six times. After long-term LNG-IUS treatment, the immature and partially mature vessel number remained four times higher than in the control group. Vessel area and density also increased dramatically in a time-dependent pattern with LNG-IUS use. CONCLUSIONS: Levonorgestrel affects blood vessel number, area, density and maturation in a time-dependent pattern that may explain the early transient increase in breakthrough bleeding with the LNG-IUS. [less ▲]

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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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