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See detailGenetic variation among the geographic population of the grain aphid, Sitobion avenae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in China inferred from mitochondrial COI gene sequence
Xu, Zhao-Huan; Chen, Julian; Cheng, Deng-Fa et al

in Agricultural Sciences in China (2011), 10(7), 1041-1048

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See detailL'image du mois. Le comble du coiffeur: avoir un poil dans la main.
CAUCANAS, Marie ULg; FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; PIERARD, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2011), 66(4), 177-8

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See detailModélisation par changement d’échelle de l’endommagement et des évolutions de perméabilité dans l’argilite
Levasseur, Séverine ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in 20ème Congrès Français de Mécanique (2011)

Le creusement d’excavations souterraines dans une roche est à l’origine de la formation d’une zone endommagée, où des microfissures se développent et perturbent fortement les propriétés de transport du ... [more ▼]

Le creusement d’excavations souterraines dans une roche est à l’origine de la formation d’une zone endommagée, où des microfissures se développent et perturbent fortement les propriétés de transport du matériau. L’objectif de cette étude est de représenter ces phénomènes hydromécaniques par une approche micromécanique d’endommagement, couplée aux évolutions de perméabilité, en présence de contraintes initiales, puis d’en discuter les avantages et les inconvénients sur la base d’une simulation du creusement d’un tunnel dans l’argile à Opalinus relatif à l’expérience SELFRAC. [less ▲]

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See detailEFFECTS OF SUBLIMINAL PRIMING ON NONCONSCIOUS GOAL PURSUIT AND EFFORT-RELATED CARDIOVASCULAR RESPONSE
Capa, Rémi ULg; Cleeremans, Axel; Bustin, Gaëlle ULg et al

in Social Cognition (2011), 29(4), 430-444

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See detailSuper-heated Steam Drying: an Innovation of Clean Coal Technology for Lignite
Li, Sheng; Jiang, Bing; Shi, Yongchun et al

Conference (2011)

A comprehensive overview of the status of lignite pre-drying technology is given in this study. The practical problems of high energy consumption, high investment and poor safety exist in the lignite ... [more ▼]

A comprehensive overview of the status of lignite pre-drying technology is given in this study. The practical problems of high energy consumption, high investment and poor safety exist in the lignite drying using the traditional thermal drying, for the reason that the super-heated steam drying technology for lignite is put forward. The mechanism experiment research and pilot-scale test research of the super-heated steam drying technology for lignite were carried out, and the results show that the drying efficiency of the super-heated steam is better than the hot air at given conditions, the lignite drying can be accomplished stably and continuously and the drying product can meet the requirement of the industrial application of the lignite fired power plant. A more innovative approach as a new lignite Super-heated steam low-rank Coal Upgrading (SCU) is proposed by Energy Conservation Research Center of Shandong Academy of Sciences. The technical advancement in terms of energy-saving and safety among the applied technologies are compared and analyzed, and the results show this technology has the advantages of low energy consumption, high safety and energy saving. To sum up, the exploitation of the super-heated steam drying technology for lignite fired power plant can promote the development of the energy and power industry, and the technology has wide application prospect. [less ▲]

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See detailHydrogel nanocomposites: a potential UV/blue light filtering material for ophthalmic lenses
Bozukova, Dimitriya; Pagnoulle, Christophe; De Pauw, Marie-Claire ULg et al

in Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition (2011), 22

Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) (poly(HEMA-co-MMA)) and ZnS hydrogel nanocomposites were prepared and characterized. The chemical composition of the inorganic nanoparticles was ... [more ▼]

Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) (poly(HEMA-co-MMA)) and ZnS hydrogel nanocomposites were prepared and characterized. The chemical composition of the inorganic nanoparticles was confirmed by X-ray diffraction, and the homogeneity of their distribution within the hydrogel was assessed by transmission electron microscopy. The influence of the content of ZnS nanoparticles on the optical performances of the nanocomposites was investigated by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The ability of the hydrogel nanocomposites to filter the hazardous UV light and part of the blue light was reported, which makes them valuable candidates for ophthalmic lens application. In contrast to the optical properties, the thermo-mechanical properties of neat poly(HEMA-co-MMA) hydrogels were found to be largely independent of filling by ZnS nanoparticles ( 2 mg/ml co-monomer mixture). Finally, in vitro cell adhesion test with lens epithelial cells (LECs), extracted from porcine lens crystalline capsule, showed that ZnS had no deleterious effect on the biocompatibility of neat hydrogels, at least at low content. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Origin of Model Relations among Transverse-Momentum Dependent Parton Distributions
Lorce, Cédric ULg; Pasquini, B.

in Physical Review. D, Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology (2011), D84

Transverse-momentum dependent parton distributions (TMDs) are studied in the framework of quark models. In particular, quark-model relations among TMDs are reviewed, elucidating their physical origin in ... [more ▼]

Transverse-momentum dependent parton distributions (TMDs) are studied in the framework of quark models. In particular, quark-model relations among TMDs are reviewed, elucidating their physical origin in terms of the quark-spin structure in the nucleon. The formal aspects of the derivation of these relations are complemented with explicit examples, emphasizing how and to which extent the conditions which lead to relations among TMDs are implemented in different classes of quark models. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights on the role of root radial conductivity on the overall uptake dynamics
Lobet, Guillaume ULg; Javaux, M.; Couvreur, V. et al

Conference (2011)

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See detailLa mobilité étudiante au prisme du discours spontané: les représentations de la langue française
Meunier, Deborah ULg

in Esteve, I (Ed.) Autour des langues et du langage - perspective pluridisciplinaire (2011)

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See detailInventaire des archives du Comité de Secours et d'Alimentation de la Province de Liège (1914-1922)
Delvaux, Anne-Catherine ULg

Book published by Archives générales du Royaume (2011)

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See detailTowards min max generalization in reinforcement learning
Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg; Murphy, Susan; Wehenkel, Louis ULg et al

in Filipe, Joaquim; Fred, Ana; Sharp, Bernadette (Eds.) Agents and Artificial Intelligence: International Conference, ICAART 2010, Valencia, Spain, January 2010, Revised Selected Papers (2011)

In this paper, we introduce a min max approach for addressing the generalization problem in Reinforcement Learning. The min max approach works by determining a sequence of actions that maximizes the worst ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we introduce a min max approach for addressing the generalization problem in Reinforcement Learning. The min max approach works by determining a sequence of actions that maximizes the worst return that could possibly be obtained considering any dynamics and reward function compatible with the sample of trajectories and some prior knowledge on the environment. We consider the particular case of deterministic Lipschitz continuous environments over continuous state spaces, nite action spaces, and a nite optimization horizon. We discuss the non-triviality of computing an exact solution of the min max problem even after reformulating it so as to avoid search in function spaces. For addressing this problem, we propose to replace, inside this min max problem, the search for the worst environment given a sequence of actions by an expression that lower bounds the worst return that can be obtained for a given sequence of actions. This lower bound has a tightness that depends on the sample sparsity. From there, we propose an algorithm of polynomial complexity that returns a sequence of actions leading to the maximization of this lower bound. We give a condition on the sample sparsity ensuring that, for a given initial state, the proposed algorithm produces an optimal sequence of actions in open-loop. Our experiments show that this algorithm can lead to more cautious policies than algorithms combining dynamic programming with function approximators. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of positional candidate genes in the AAA1 susceptibility locus for abdominal aortic aneurysms on chromosome 19.
Lillvis, J. H.; Kyo, Y.; Tromp, G. et al

in BMC Medical Genetics (2011), 12(1), 14

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a complex disorder with multiple genetic risk factors. Using affected relative pair linkage analysis, we previously identified an AAA ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a complex disorder with multiple genetic risk factors. Using affected relative pair linkage analysis, we previously identified an AAA susceptibility locus on chromosome 19q13. This locus has been designated as the AAA1 susceptibility locus in the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database. METHODS: Nine candidate genes were selected from the AAA1 locus based on their function, as well as mRNA expression levels in the aorta. A sample of 394 cases and 419 controls was genotyped for 41 SNPs located in or around the selected nine candidate genes using the Illumina GoldenGate platform. Single marker and haplotype analyses were performed. Three genes (CEBPG, PEPD and CD22) were selected for DNA sequencing based on the association study results, and exonic regions were analyzed. Immunohistochemical staining of aortic tissue sections from AAA and control individuals was carried out for the CD22 and PEPD proteins with specific antibodies. RESULTS: Several SNPs were nominally associated with AAA (p < 0.05). The SNPs with most significant p-values were located near the CCAAT enhancer binding protein (CEBPG), peptidase D (PEPD), and CD22. Haplotype analysis found a nominally associated 5-SNP haplotype in the CEBPG/PEPD locus, as well as a nominally associated 2-SNP haplotype in the CD22 locus. DNA sequencing of the coding regions revealed no variation in CEBPG. Seven sequence variants were identified in PEPD, including three not present in the NCBI SNP (dbSNP) database. Sequencing of all 14 exons of CD22 identified 20 sequence variants, five of which were in the coding region and six were in the 3'-untranslated region. Five variants were not present in dbSNP. Immunohistochemical staining for CD22 revealed protein expression in lymphocytes present in the aneurysmal aortic wall only and no detectable expression in control aorta. PEPD protein was expressed in fibroblasts and myofibroblasts in the media-adventitia border in both aneurysmal and non-aneurysmal tissue samples. CONCLUSIONS: Association testing of the functional positional candidate genes on the AAA1 locus on chromosome 19q13 demonstrated nominal association in three genes. PEPD and CD22 were considered the most promising candidate genes for altering AAA risk, based on gene function, association evidence, gene expression, and protein expression. [less ▲]

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See detailMotivational aspects of future thinking in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex
D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg

in Ebstein, Richard; Shamy-Tsoory, Simone; Hong Chew, Soo (Eds.) From DNA to social cognition (2011)

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See detailLes droits constitutionnels du contribuable
Bourgeois, Marc ULg; Traversa, Edoardo

in Les droits constitutionnels en Belgique - Les enseignements jurisprudentiels de la Cour constitutionnelle, du Conseil d'Etat et de la Cour de cassation (2011)

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See detailPowdered lipid nano and microparticles : production and applications
Berton, Amandine; Piel, Géraldine ULg; Evrard, Brigitte ULg

in Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation (2011), 5(3), 188-200

This review details articles and recent patents in an emerging topic called powdered form of nano- and microparticles. Solid lipid particles were developed in the early 1990s and since, they have been ... [more ▼]

This review details articles and recent patents in an emerging topic called powdered form of nano- and microparticles. Solid lipid particles were developed in the early 1990s and since, they have been considered as promising drug delivery systems, especially in providing a sustained release profile of the encapsulated drug. This kind of drug delivery system has several advantages, due to its physiological composition. It is generally well tolerated by the human body and are relatively stable during storage in comparison with other carriers like liposomes. The description of these powdered lipid particles, their different production processes and their applications are the focus of the article. [less ▲]

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See detailMind-wandering: Phenomenology and function as assessed with a novel experience sampling method
Stawarczyk, David ULg; Majerus, Steve ULg; Maj, Michalina et al

in Acta Psychologica (2011), 136(3), 370-381

Mind-wandering refers to the occurrence of thoughts whose content is both decoupled from stimuli present in the current environment and unrelated to the task being carried out at the moment of their ... [more ▼]

Mind-wandering refers to the occurrence of thoughts whose content is both decoupled from stimuli present in the current environment and unrelated to the task being carried out at the moment of their occurrence. The core of this phenomenon is therefore stimulus-independent and task-unrelated thoughts (SITUTs). In the present study, we designed a novel experience sampling method which permitted to isolate SITUTs from other kinds of distractions (i.e., irrelevant interoceptive/exteroceptive sensory perceptions and interfering thoughts related to the appraisal of the current task). In Experiment 1, we examined the impact of SITUTs on the performance of the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART; a Go/No-Go task). Analyses demonstrated that SITUTs impair SART performance to the same extent as irrelevant sensory perceptions. In Experiment 2, we further examined SITUTs in order to assess the possible functions of mind-wandering. We observed that the content of most of reported SITUTs refers to the anticipation and planning of future events. Furthermore, this “prospective bias” was increased when participants’ attention had been oriented toward their personal goals before performing the SART. These data support the view that an important function of mind-wandering relates to the anticipation and planning of the future. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu : La chaussée romaine de Bavay à Tongres (coord.: Gérard Bavay et Bruno Merckx)
Baiwir, Esther ULg

in Wallonnes : Chronique de la Société de Langue et de Littérature Wallonnes (2011), 2

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