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See detailLes territoires français à l'épreuve des mutations industrielles: Synthèse, Conclusions et Perspectives
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Géographies. Bulletin de l'Association de Géographes Français (2015), Décembre 2015

Cet article tente de dresser un bilan des travaux présentés dans le cadre de ce numéro thématique en s'appuyant sur quelques grands concepts : système productif, délocalisations/relocalisations ... [more ▼]

Cet article tente de dresser un bilan des travaux présentés dans le cadre de ce numéro thématique en s'appuyant sur quelques grands concepts : système productif, délocalisations/relocalisations, dynamiques territoriales (désindustrialisation, métropolisation et mondialisation/globalisation), innovation, gouvernance et capital humain et en s'interrogeant sur le rôle des territoires dans tous ces processus [less ▲]

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See detailEarthworms Eisenia fetida affect the uptake of heavy metals by plants Vicia faba and Zea mays in metal-contaminated soils
Lemtiri, Aboulkacem ULg; Liénard, Amandine ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg et al

in Applied Soil Ecology (2015)

Earthworms increase the availability of heavy metals in some situations and aid in maintaining the structure and quality of soil. The introduction of earthworms into metal-contaminated soils has been ... [more ▼]

Earthworms increase the availability of heavy metals in some situations and aid in maintaining the structure and quality of soil. The introduction of earthworms into metal-contaminated soils has been suggested as an aid for phytoremediation processes. In Wallonia, Belgium, a century of industrial metallurgic activities has led to the substantial pollution of soils by heavy metals, including copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd), due to atmospheric dusts. Two plant species, Vicia faba and Zea mays, and earthworms (Eisenia fetida) (Savigny, 1826) were exposed to different concentrations of long-term-contaminated soils for 42 days. The soil samples, which were collected from the land surrounding a former Zn-Pb ore-treatment plant, exhibited different levels of heavy metals. Our aim was to evaluate the role of earthworms E. fetida on the availability of metals in soils and their effects on metal uptake by V. faba and Z. mays plants at different soil concentrations. The results suggest that earthworms and plants modified the availability of metals in contaminated soils after 42 days of exposure. Earthworm life-cycle parameters were affected by metal contamination and/or the addition of plants; cocoon production and weight were more responsive to adverse conditions than earthworm survival or weight change. The concentrations of Pb and Cd in earthworm tissues decreased in the presence of plants. Results showed that metal accumulation in plants depended on the metal element considered and the presence of earthworms. However, the presence of earthworms did not change the concentrations of metals in plants, except for Cd. In the presence or absence of earthworms, V. faba accumulated higher concentrations of Cu and Zn compared with Z. mays, which accumulated higher concentrations of Cd. These findings have revealed that earthworm activities can modify the availability of heavy metals for uptake by plants in contaminated soils. Moreover, the study results show that the ecological context of phytoremediation should be broadened by considering earthworm-plant-soil interaction, which influence both the health of the plant and the uptake of heavy metals by plants. [less ▲]

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See detailDirection and surface sampling in ray tracing for spacecraft radiative heat transfer
Jacques, Lionel ULg; Masset, Luc ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Aerospace Science and Technology (2015), 47

This paper addresses the computation of radiative exchange factors through Monte Carlo ray tracing with the aim of reducing their computation time when dealing with the finite element method. Both ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the computation of radiative exchange factors through Monte Carlo ray tracing with the aim of reducing their computation time when dealing with the finite element method. Both direction and surface samplings are studied. The recently-introduced isocell method for partitioning the unit disk is applied to the direction sampling and compared to other direction sampling methods. It is then combined to different surface sampling schemes with either one or multiple rays traced per surface sampling point. Two promising approaches present better performances than standard spacecraft thermal analysis software. The first approach combines a Gauss surface sampling strategy with a local isocell direction sampling, whereas the second approach fires one ray per surface points using a global isocell direction sampling scheme. The advantages and limitations of the two methods are discussed, and they are benchmarked against a standard thermal analysis software using the entrance baffle of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager instrument of the Solar Orbiter mission. [less ▲]

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See detailNonthermal radiative transfer of oxygen 98.9 nm ultraviolet emission: Solving an old mystery
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude; Shematovich, Valery I. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2015), 120

Sounding rocket measurements conducted in 1988 under high solar activity conditions revealed that the intensity of thermospheric OI emissions at 98.9 nm present an anomalous vertical profile, showing ... [more ▼]

Sounding rocket measurements conducted in 1988 under high solar activity conditions revealed that the intensity of thermospheric OI emissions at 98.9 nm present an anomalous vertical profile, showing exospheric intensities much higher than expected from radiative transfer model results, which included the known sources of excited oxygen. All attempts based on modeling of the photochemical processes and radiative transfer were unable to account for the higher than predicted brightnesses. More recently, the SOHO-SUMER instrument measured the UV solar flux at high spectral resolution, revealing the importance of a significant additional source of oxygen emission at 98.9 nm that had not been accounted for before. In this study, we simulate the radiative transfer of the OI-98.9 nm multiplet, including the photochemical sources of excited oxygen, the resonant scattering of solar photons, and the effects of non-thermal atoms, i.e. a population of fast-moving oxygen atoms in excess of the Maxwellian distribution. Including resonance scattering of the 98.9 nm solar multiplet, we find good agreement with the previous sounding rocket observation. The inclusion of a nonthermal oxygen population with a consistent increase of the total density produces a larger intensity at high altitude that apparently better accounts for the observation, but such a correction cannot be demonstrated given the uncertainties of the observations. A good agreement between model and sounding rocket observation is also found with the triplet at 130.4 nm. We further investigate the radiative transfer of the OI-98.9 nm multiplet, and the oxygen emissions at 130.4 and 135.6 nm using observations from the STP78-1 satellite. We find a less satisfying agreement between the model and the STP78-1 data that can be accounted for by scaling the modelled intensity within a range acceptable given the uncertainties on the STP78-1 absolute calibration. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironmental impacts of phosphoric acid production using di-hemihydrate process: a Belgian case study
Belboom, Sandra ULg; Szöcs, Carl; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2015), 108

This paper undertakes an environmental evaluation of phosphoric acid production, using industrial data from Prayon SA in Belgium. Phosphoric acid is produced using the wet di-hemihydrate process also ... [more ▼]

This paper undertakes an environmental evaluation of phosphoric acid production, using industrial data from Prayon SA in Belgium. Phosphoric acid is produced using the wet di-hemihydrate process also called Central Prayon process. Both grades of phosphoric acid are evaluated: fertilizer and purified grades. Specificities of this plant are highlighted and improvements of the process in terms of energy and facilities integration through years are quantified as environmental benefits. The implementation on site of two sulphuric acid production facilities and their energetic integration allow a reduction of climate change impact of 80%. Results also show the importance of phosphogypsum valorisation which is sold for the main part in this case study. Concerning the purified grade, this specific process has been compared to the thermal process, using Best Available Techniques (BAT) values for the modelling. It shows a reduced environmental impact for the wet process in the majority of categories studies. [less ▲]

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See detailThe protective effects of free wheel-running against cocaine psychomotor sensitization persist after exercise cessation in C57BL/6J mice
Lespine, Louis-Ferdinand ULg; Tirelli, Ezio ULg

in Neuroscience (2015), 310

Previous literature suggests that free access to a running wheel can attenuate the behavioral responsiveness to addictive drugs in rodents. In a few studies, wheel-running cessation accentuated drug ... [more ▼]

Previous literature suggests that free access to a running wheel can attenuate the behavioral responsiveness to addictive drugs in rodents. In a few studies, wheel-running cessation accentuated drug responsiveness. Here, we tested whether free wheel-running cessation is followed by (1) an accentuation or (2) an attenuation of cocaine psychomotor sensitization, knowing that no cessation of (continuous) wheel-running is associated with an attenuation of cocaine responsiveness. Male C57BL/6J mice, aged 35 days, were housed singly either with (exercising mice) or without (non-exercising mice) a running wheel. At the end of a period of 36 days, half of the exercising mice were deprived of their wheel whereas the other half of exercising mice kept their wheel until the end of experimentation (which lasted 85 days). The non-exercising mice were housed without wheel throughout experimentation. Testing took place 3 days after exercise cessation. After 2 once-daily drug-free test sessions, mice were tested for initiation of psychomotor sensitization over 13 once-daily injections of 8 mg/kg cocaine. Post-sensitization conditioned activation (saline challenge) and long-term expression of sensitization were assessed 2 or 30 days after the last sensitizing injection (same treatments as for initiation of sensitization), respectively. Exercising mice and mice undergoing wheel-running cessation exhibited comparable degrees of attenuation of all cocaine effects in comparison with the continuously non-exercising mice, which showed the greatest effects. Thus, the efficaciousness of wheel-running at attenuating cocaine sensitization not only resisted to exercise cessation but also was unambiguously persistent (an important effect rarely reported in previous literature). [less ▲]

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See detailPrincipes pratiques de l'animatique des groupes. Stratégies d'animation en vue d'un apprentissage expérientiel
Faulx, Daniel ULg; Danse, Cédric ULg

in Cahiers Internationaux de Psychologie Sociale (2015), 4

he paradigm of the face-to-face group dynamics encloses the postulates, intentions and principles underlying group’s process. It formates the methodology of their conduct. Fourteen components of this ... [more ▼]

he paradigm of the face-to-face group dynamics encloses the postulates, intentions and principles underlying group’s process. It formates the methodology of their conduct. Fourteen components of this paradigm are here listed, to help the trainers, from the angle to apply it in their practical experience in leading groups. They make a consistent whole and guide the trainer in its using of the methodology of structured experiences. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of phenotypic diversity in conservation: Resilience of palmate newt morphotypes after fish removal in Larzac ponds (France)
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Winandy, Laurane ULg

in Biological Conservation (2015), 192

Resilience of organisms after threat removal is an essential feature to justify conservation efforts. Amphibians are particularly threatened with a worldwide decline, showing a low resistance to invaders ... [more ▼]

Resilience of organisms after threat removal is an essential feature to justify conservation efforts. Amphibians are particularly threatened with a worldwide decline, showing a low resistance to invaders such as fish. Previous research has shown that they could recover after fish extirpation due to metamorphosed colonizers. However, not all amphibian phenotypes are able to persist to fish introduction and disperse. In many species of newts and salamanders, paedomorphs retain gills in the adult stage, which makes them fully aquatic. A proposed way to conserve this phenotype would be to remove introduced fish from their habitats. However, because paedomorphosis is usually not expressed in the presence of fish, it is unknown whether fish removal could allow the resilience of paedomorphs. This would be possible only if progenies of metamorphosed individuals could become paedomorphic in restored habitats. Through a quantitative survey in three types of ponds, including control ponds without fish, ponds in which fish were extirpated, and fish ponds, we determined abundances of paedomorphic and metamorphic palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus). The results show that paedomorphosis resilience is possible and even highly frequent, as paedomorphs were found in 80% of ponds where fish disappeared. Abundances were similar between these ponds and control ponds whereas fish ponds had almost no newts, indicating a very low resistance to invaders. This shows that conserving common phenotypes can help to preserve endangered phenotypes, as paedomorphs were produced through the reproduction of metamorphs. There is thus hope of maintaining intraspecific biodiversity though conservation action involving threat removal. [less ▲]

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See detailÉvaluation des compétences informationnelles des étudiants. Brève comparaison des enquêtes EduDOC et FADBEN
Pochet, Bernard ULg; Thirion, Paul ULg

in Mediadoc (2015), (15), 2-8

This article follows the report of a survey assessing information skills of secondary school students in France. It compares the results of this survey with those obtained in Belgium in 2007, with a ... [more ▼]

This article follows the report of a survey assessing information skills of secondary school students in France. It compares the results of this survey with those obtained in Belgium in 2007, with a survey of students in higher education. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and computational micro–mechanical investigations of compressive properties of polypropylene/multi–walled carbon nanotubes nanocomposite foams
Wan, Fangyi; Tran, Minh Phuong; Leblanc, Christophe ULg et al

in Mechanics of Materials (2015), 91(Part 1), 95-118

The compressive behavior of nanocomposite foams is studied by both experimental and computational micro-mechanics approaches with the aim of providing an efficient computational model for this kind of ... [more ▼]

The compressive behavior of nanocomposite foams is studied by both experimental and computational micro-mechanics approaches with the aim of providing an efficient computational model for this kind of material. The nanocomposites based on polypropylene (PP) and different contents of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are prepared by melt mixing method. The nanocomposite samples are foamed using super-critical carbon dioxide (ScCO2) as blowing agent at different soaking temperatures. The influence of this foaming parameter on the morphological characteristics of the foam micro-structure is discussed. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) measurements are used to quantify the crystallinity degree of both nanocomposites and foams showing that the crystallinity degree is reduced after the foaming process. This modification leads to mechanical properties of the foam cell walls that are different from the raw nanocomposite PP/CNTs material. Three--point bending tests are performed on the latter to measure the flexural modulus in terms of the crystallinity degree. Uniaxial compression tests are then performed on the foamed samples under quasi-static conditions in order to extract the macro-scale compressive response. Next, a two-level multi-scale approach is developed to model the behavior of the foamed nanocomposite material. On the one hand, the micro-mechanical properties of nanocomposite PP/CNTs cell walls are evaluated from a theoretical homogenization model accounting for the micro-structure of the semi-crystalline PP, for the degree of crystallinity, and for the CNT volume fraction. The applicability of this theoretical model is demonstrated via the comparison with experimental data from the described experimental measurements and from literature. On the other hand, the macroscopic behavior of the foamed material is evaluated using a computational micro-mechanics model using tetrakaidecahedron unit cells and periodic boundary conditions to estimate the homogenized properties. The unit cell is combined with several geometrical imperfections in order to capture the elastic collapse of the foamed material. The numerical results are compared to the experimental measurements and it is shown that the proposed unit cell computational micro-mechanics model can be used to estimate the homogenized behavior, including the linear and plateau regimes, of nanocomposite foams. [less ▲]

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See detailFerroelectric instability in nanotubes and spherical nanoshells
Qiu, Ruihao ULg; Bousquet, Eric ULg; Cano, Andres

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (2015), 112

The emergence of ferroelectricity in nanotubes and spherical nanoshells is studied theoretically. We determine semi-analytically the size and thickness dependence of the ferroelectric instability, as well ... [more ▼]

The emergence of ferroelectricity in nanotubes and spherical nanoshells is studied theoretically. We determine semi-analytically the size and thickness dependence of the ferroelectric instability, as well as its dependence on the properties of the surrounding media and the corresponding interfaces. By properly tuning these factors, we demonstrate possible routes for enhancing the ferroelectric transition temperature and promoting the competition between irrotational and vortex-like states in the ultra-thin limit due to the specific topology of these nanoparticles. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-coronagraphic tip-tilt sensing for vortex phase masks: the QACITS technique
Huby, Elsa ULg; Baudoz, Pierre; Mawet, Dimitri et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2015), 584

Small inner working angle coronagraphs, like the vortex phase mask, are essential to exploit the full potential of ground-based telescopes in the context of exoplanet detection and characterization ... [more ▼]

Small inner working angle coronagraphs, like the vortex phase mask, are essential to exploit the full potential of ground-based telescopes in the context of exoplanet detection and characterization. However, the drawback of this attractive feature is a high sensitivity to pointing errors, which degrades the performance of the coronagraph. We propose a tip-tilt retrieval technique based on the analysis of the final coronagraphic image, hereafter called Quadrant Analysis of Coronagraphic Images for Tip-tilt Sensing (QACITS). Under the assumption of small phase aberrations, we show that the behaviour of the vortex phase mask can be simply described from the entrance pupil to the Lyot stop plane by Zernike polynomials. This convenient formalism is used to establish the theoretical basis of the QACITS technique. Simulations have been performed to demonstrate the validity and limits of the technique, including the case of a centrally obstructed pupil. The QACITS technique principle is further validated by experimental results in the case of an unobstructed circular aperture. The typical configuration of the Keck telescope (24% central obstruction) has been simulated with additional high order aberrations. In these conditions, our simulations show that the QACITS technique is still adapted to centrally obstructed pupils and performs tip-tilt retrieval with a precision of $5 \times 10^{-2}$ {\lambda}/D when wavefront errors amount to {\lambda}/14 rms and $10^{-2}$ {\lambda}/D for {\lambda}/70 rms errors (with {\lambda} the wavelength and D the pupil diameter). The implementation of the QACITS technique is based on the analysis of the scientific image and does not require any modification of the original setup. Current facilities equipped with a vortex phase mask can thus directly benefit from this technique to improve the contrast performance close to the axis. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent advances in BLV research
Barez, Pierre-Yves ULg; De Brogniez, Alix ULg; Carpentier, Alexandre ULg et al

in Viruses (2015), 7(11), 6080-6088

Different animal models have been proposed to investigate the mechanisms of HTLV-induced pathogenesis: rats, transgenic and NOD-SCID/γcnull (NOG) mice, rabbits, squirrel monkeys, baboons and macaques ... [more ▼]

Different animal models have been proposed to investigate the mechanisms of HTLV-induced pathogenesis: rats, transgenic and NOD-SCID/γcnull (NOG) mice, rabbits, squirrel monkeys, baboons and macaques. These systems indeed provide useful information but have intrinsic limitations such as lack of disease relevance, species specificity or inadequate immune response. Another strategy based on a comparative virology approach is to characterize a related pathogen and to speculate on possible shared mechanisms. In this perspective, bovine leukemia virus (BLV), another member of the deltaretrovirus genus, is evolutionary related to HTLV-1. BLV induces lymphoproliferative disorders in ruminants providing useful information on the mechanisms of viral persistence, genetic determinants of pathogenesis and potential novel therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscrimination of deciduous tree species from time series of unmanned aerial system imagery
Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Michez, Adrien ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2015), 10(11),

Technology advances can revolutionize Precision Forestry by providing accurate and fine forest information at tree level. This paper addresses the question of how and particularly when Unmanned Aerial ... [more ▼]

Technology advances can revolutionize Precision Forestry by providing accurate and fine forest information at tree level. This paper addresses the question of how and particularly when Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) should be used in order to efficiently discriminate deciduous tree species. A time series of high resolution UAS imagery was collected to cover the growing season from leaf flush to leaf fall. Full benefit was taken of the temporal resolution of UAS acquisition, one of the most promising features of small drones. The disparity in forest tree phenology is at the maximum during early spring and late autumn. But the phenology state that optimized the classification result is the one that minimizes the spectral variation within tree species groups and, at the same time, maximizes the phenologic differences between species. Sunlit tree crowns (5 deciduous species groups) were classified using a Random Forest approach for monotemporal, two-date and three-date combinations. The end of leaf flushing was the most efficient single-date time window. Multitemporal datasets definitely improve the overall classification accuracy. But single-date high resolution orthophotomosaics, acquired on optimal time-windows, result in a very good classification accuracy (overall out of bag error of 16%). [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary osteosarcoma of the breast : a case report
Crevecoeur, Julie; Jossa, Véronique; GENNIGENS, Christine ULg et al

in Clinical Case Reports (2015)

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See detailgammaMAXT: a fast multiple-testing correction algorithm
Van Lishout, François ULg; Gadaleta, Francesco; Moore, Jason H. et al

in BioData Mining (2015), 8(36),

Background: The purpose of the maxT algorithm is to provide a significance test algorithm that controls the family-wise error rate (FWER) during simultaneous hypothesis testing. However, the requirements ... [more ▼]

Background: The purpose of the maxT algorithm is to provide a significance test algorithm that controls the family-wise error rate (FWER) during simultaneous hypothesis testing. However, the requirements in terms of computing time and memory of this procedure are proportional to the number of investigated hypotheses. The memory issue has been solved in 2013 by Van Lishout’s implementation of MaxT, which makes the memory usage independent from the size of the dataset. This algorithm is implemented in MBMDR-3.0.3, a software that is able to identify genetic interactions, for a variety of SNP-SNP based epistasis models effectively. On the other hand, that implementation turned out to be less suitable for genome-wide interaction analysis studies, due to the prohibitive computational burden. Results: In this work we introduce gammaMAXT, a novel implementation of the maxT algorithm for multiple testing correction. The algorithm was implemented in software MBMDR-4.2.2, as part of the MB-MDR framework to screen for SNP-SNP, SNP-environment or SNP-SNP-environment interactions at a genome-wide level. We show that, in the absence of interaction effects, test-statistics produced by the MB-MDR methodology follow a mixture distribution with a point mass at zero and a shifted gamma distribution for the top 10 % of the strictly positive values. We show that the gammaMAXT algorithm has a power comparable to MaxT and maintains FWER, but requires less computational resources and time. We analyze a dataset composed of 106 SNPs and 1000 individuals within one day on a 256-core computer cluster. The same analysis would take about 104 times longer with MBMDR-3.0.3. Conclusions: These results are promising for future GWAIs.However, the proposed gammaMAXT algorithm offers a general significance assessment and multiple testing approach, applicable to any context that requires performing hundreds of thousands of tests. It offers new perspectives for fast and efficient permutation-based significance assessment in large-scale (integrated) omics studies. [less ▲]

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See detail“Shakespeare was wrong”: counter-discursive intertextuality in Gail Jones’s Sorry
Belleflamme, Valérie-Anne ULg

in Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2015), 51(6), 661671

In what is presented as a moment of truth in Gail Jones’s novel Sorry, the narrator’s brief statement that “Shakespeare was wrong” appears to call into question the English dramatist’s literary and ... [more ▼]

In what is presented as a moment of truth in Gail Jones’s novel Sorry, the narrator’s brief statement that “Shakespeare was wrong” appears to call into question the English dramatist’s literary and epistemological supremacy. Starting from this unsettling premise, this article seeks to define Jones’s counter-discursive use of Shakespearean intertextuality. While it has, for decades, proved a risky task for both historians and novelists to write about the delicate issue of silence in Australia without risking the appropriation of an Aboriginal voice, the article examines how Jones exploits defamiliarizing techniques in order to undermine the dominant European discourse (as encoded in the Shakespearean text) without assuming an Aboriginal perspective. Her aim is to facilitate the emergence of an incipient, tentatively-defined counter-discourse sufficiently attuned to the specific realities of Australia. The article argues that by adopting an Australian cultural perspective designed to decentre Shakespeare Jones hopes to reconcile history and writing, but also the divided aspects of White Australia’s twofold identity at a time of profound national changes. [less ▲]

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See detailA KNOWLEDGE-BASED APPROACH FOR MAPPING LAND DEGRADATION IN THE ARID RANGELANDS OF NORTH AFRICA
Mahyou, Hamid; Tychon, Bernard ULg; Balaghi, Riad et al

in Land Degradation & Development (2015)

Rangelands cover about 82% of the arid area of Morocco. It is generally acknowledged that these areas are threatened by desertification. Monitoring desertification requires accurate knowledge about the ... [more ▼]

Rangelands cover about 82% of the arid area of Morocco. It is generally acknowledged that these areas are threatened by desertification. Monitoring desertification requires accurate knowledge about the current status of rangeland degradation. Remote sensing is widely used to assess changes in land cover, but its use in arid rangelands has limitations because of spectral confusion among various types of land cover. The objective of this study was to assess the severity and spatial extent of rangeland degradation in the high plateaus of eastern Morocco, using a knowledge-based approach combining remote sensing and ancillary data. This approach relies on analyzing datasets derived from Landsat TM satellite imagery, lithology, bioclimatic data and field measurements. The level of rangeland degradation was assessed using indicators such as vegetation parameters, grazing levels and cultivation intensity, which provided a high level of accuracy for mapping and monitoring the degradation of the arid rangelands. The results showed that the total area of degraded rangeland in the high plateaus of eastern Morocco is about 17,417 km², accounting for 48% in the studied area. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical utility gene card for: Biotinidase deficiency-update 2015.
Kury, Sebastien; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; Bezieau, Stephane et al

in European journal of human genetics : EJHG (2015)

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See detailRetrieval of ammonia from ground-based FTIR solar spectra
Dammers, Enrico; Vigouroux, C; Palm, M et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2015), 15

We present a retrieval method for ammonia (NH3) total columns from ground-based Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) observations. Observations from Bremen (53.10° N, 8.85° E), Lauder (45.04° S, 169.68° E ... [more ▼]

We present a retrieval method for ammonia (NH3) total columns from ground-based Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) observations. Observations from Bremen (53.10° N, 8.85° E), Lauder (45.04° S, 169.68° E), Reunion (20.9° S, 55.50° E) and Jungfraujoch (46.55° N, 7.98° E) were used to illustrate the capabilities of the method. NH3 mean total columns ranging three orders of magnitude were obtained with higher values at Bremen (mean of 13.47 × 1015 molecules cm-2) to the lower values at Jungfraujoch (mean of 0.18 × 1015 molecules cm-2). In conditions with high surface concentrations of ammonia, as in Bremen, it is possible to retrieve information on the vertical gradient as two layers can be discriminated. The retrieval there is most sensitive to ammonia in the planetary boundary layer, where the trace gas concentration is highest. For conditions with low concentrations only the total column can be retrieved. Combining the systematic and random errors we have a mean total error of 26 % for all spectra measured at Bremen (Number of spectra (N) = 554), 30 % for all spectra from Lauder (N =2412), 25 % for spectra from Reunion (N =1262) and 34 % for spectra measured at Jungfraujoch (N =2702). The error is dominated by the systematic uncertainties in the spectroscopy parameters. Station specific seasonal cycles were found to be consistent with known seasonal cycles of the dominant ammonia sources in the station surroundings. The developed retrieval methodology from FTIR-instruments provides a new way to obtain highly time-resolved measurements of ammonia burdens. FTIR-NH3 observations will be useful for understanding the dynamics of ammonia concentrations in the atmosphere and for satellite and model validation. It will also provide additional information to constrain the global ammonia budget. [less ▲]

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See detailField data on the little known and endangered Lepilemur mittermeieri
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Schwitzer, Christoph; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline C. et al

in Journal of Primatology (2015), 4(2),

Lepilemur mittermeieri is a very little known sportive lemur of the Ampasindava peninsula of Madagascar, presently regarded as endangered. On the basis of genetic material only, obtained from three ... [more ▼]

Lepilemur mittermeieri is a very little known sportive lemur of the Ampasindava peninsula of Madagascar, presently regarded as endangered. On the basis of genetic material only, obtained from three individuals collected at the same locality. No observation confidently allocated to the species has been reported since. The objectives of our research were to verify that the sportive lemurs found in forests of the Ampasindava peninsula beyond the type-locality of Lepilemur mittermeieri belonged to the same species as the type, to provide morphological and behavioural data for populations confidently attributed to L. mittermeieri and to obtain for these populations preliminary evaluations of density variations within the peninsula. Our surveys were undertaken in March and April 2014 in remnant forest patches of the western part of the Ampasindava peninsula. Linear transects by night and punctual observations by day were conducted. A total of 54 animals were seen along nine transects situated in four forest patches, two at low altitude and two at high altitude. All animals examined and photographed appeared similar, and the impression was gained that a single taxon was involved. Genetic material collected from one dead specimen proved identical to the type of L. mittermeieri which confirmed the identity of the populations we observed. It thus appears that L. mittermeieri is indeed the only sportive lemur present on the peninsula and that it occurs in several forest remnants. We endeavoured to get evaluations of the density and abundance of the species in the four forest patches we studied. We used KAIs (Kilometric Abundance Indices) to evaluate and compare relative densities, and Buckland’s distance sampling method to evaluate absolute densities. The latter suggested a density of 1.9 animals/ha, a result that must, however, be taken with caution. [less ▲]

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See detailElp3 drives Wnt-dependent tumor initiation and regeneration in the intestine
LADANG, Aurélie ULg; Rapino, Francesca ULg; Heukamp, Lukas et al

in Journal of Experimental Medicine (2015), 212(12), 2057-75

Tumor initiation in the intestine can rapidly occur from Lgr5(+) crypt columnar stem cells. Dclk1 is a marker of differentiated Tuft cells and, when coexpressed with Lgr5, also marks intestinal cancer ... [more ▼]

Tumor initiation in the intestine can rapidly occur from Lgr5(+) crypt columnar stem cells. Dclk1 is a marker of differentiated Tuft cells and, when coexpressed with Lgr5, also marks intestinal cancer stem cells. Here, we show that Elp3, the catalytic subunit of the Elongator complex, is required for Wnt-driven intestinal tumor initiation and radiation-induced regeneration by maintaining a subpool of Lgr5(+)/Dclk1(+)/Sox9(+) cells. Elp3 deficiency dramatically delayed tumor appearance in Apc-mutated intestinal epithelia and greatly prolonged mice survival without affecting the normal epithelium. Specific ablation of Elp3 in Lgr5(+) cells resulted in marked reduction of polyp formation upon Apc inactivation, in part due to a decreased number of Lgr5(+)/Dclk1(+)/Sox9(+) cells. Mechanistically, Elp3 is induced by Wnt signaling and promotes Sox9 translation, which is needed to maintain the subpool of Lgr5(+)/Dclk1(+) cancer stem cells. Consequently, Elp3 or Sox9 depletion led to similar defects in Dclk1(+) cancer stem cells in ex vivo organoids. Finally, Elp3 deficiency strongly impaired radiation-induced intestinal regeneration, in part because of decreased Sox9 protein levels. Together, our data demonstrate the crucial role of Elp3 in maintaining a subpopulation of Lgr5-derived and Sox9-expressing cells needed to trigger Wnt-driven tumor initiation in the intestine. [less ▲]

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See detailThermoelectric properties of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3 from first principles and Seebeck local probes
Lemal, Sébastien ULg; Ngoc, Nguyen; de Boor, Johannes et al

in Physical Review. B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2015), 92

Using a combination of first-principles calculations and experimental transport measurements, we study the electronic and magnetic structure of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3. We employ the hybrid ... [more ▼]

Using a combination of first-principles calculations and experimental transport measurements, we study the electronic and magnetic structure of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3. We employ the hybrid functional approach for exchange-correlation. The ground state is determined to be anti-ferromagnetic with an atomic magnetic moment of 1.6 μB/Fe. The Néel temperature Tn is estimated at 6 K, in agreement with experiments which found a paramagnetic state down to 10 K. The ground state is semiconducting, with a small electronic gap of 33 meV, also consistent with previous experiments on films. Charge carrier concentrations are estimated from Hall resistance measurements. The Seebeck coefficient is measured and mapped using a scanning probe at room temperature that yields an average value of 38.6 μV/K, slightly lower than the theoretical result. The theoretical conductivity is analyzed as a function of temperature and concentration of charge carriers. [less ▲]

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See detailLes musées à forme d’établissement public administratif peuvent-ils recourir à l’arbitrage ?
Desseilles, François ULg

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (2015), (3), 497-520

This article aims to study the possibility of using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), specifically arbitration, in the museum sphere. If the answer given will naturally vary according to the nature of ... [more ▼]

This article aims to study the possibility of using alternative dispute resolution (ADR), specifically arbitration, in the museum sphere. If the answer given will naturally vary according to the nature of institutions, the study focused on public administrative institutions in French law. We focus first on the place of ADR in the museum context and the expansion of market logic faced by public museums. The role of arbitration in these is discussed and some definitions and concepts are correlatively recalled. Next, the article examines the arbitrability of disputes concerning contracts of a public administrative establishment. It is first of all a matter of the analysis of the principle of prohibition to public entities to resort to arbitration. Second, the article examines the principles and conditions of the validity of the arbitration clause in international contracts, considering mainly the French jurisprudence, which decides that arbitrability of disputes in international trade is feasible in principle. Finally a description of various mechanisms and several stakeholders in the arbitration is made. [less ▲]

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See detailLaser cladding as repair technology for Ti6Al4V alloy: Influence of building strategy on microstructure and hardness
Paydas, Hakan ULg; Mertens, Anne ULg; Carrus, Raoul et al

in Materials & Design (2015), 85

Laser cladding is a metal deposition technique used to fabricate or repair components made from high value metallic alloys. In the present work Ti-6Al-4V deposits with variable thickness are made to ... [more ▼]

Laser cladding is a metal deposition technique used to fabricate or repair components made from high value metallic alloys. In the present work Ti-6Al-4V deposits with variable thickness are made to assess the use of laser cladding as a repair technology. Both the effect of the building strategy (BS) and the incident energy (IE) on the metallurgical characteristics of the deposits in relation to their complex thermal history have been studying. It is shown that for the configuration consisting in a decreasing track length (DTL) under high IE, a gradient of cooling rate exists that leads to the presence of different phases within the microstructure. Conversely homogeneous microstructures are present either for the configuration with a constant track length (CTL) under high IE, and for the strategy obtained from a DTL under low IE. Depending on the possible heat accumulation the nature of the phases are determined together with hardness maps within the deposits. Some qualification criteria are set prior to tensile tests to selected the adequate candidate-deposit that does not weaken the cladded material when it is stressed. A thermo-metallurgical scheme is proposed that helps understanding the effect of both the BS and the IE on the microstructure. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of polyphosphodiesters by ring-opening polymerization of cyclic phosphates bearing allyl phosphoester protecting groups
Clément, Benoit; Molin, Daniel G.; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (2015), 53(22), 2642-2648

The allyl phosphoester group is shown to be a protecting group for the synthesis of anionic polyphosphodiesters. Our strategy relies on the synthesis of a cyclic phosphate monomer bearing a pendant allyl ... [more ▼]

The allyl phosphoester group is shown to be a protecting group for the synthesis of anionic polyphosphodiesters. Our strategy relies on the synthesis of a cyclic phosphate monomer bearing a pendant allyl phosphoester group, its easy purification by fractional distillation, its organocatalyzed ring-opening polymerization by 1,8-diazobicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (DBU) and 1-[3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-3-cyclohexyl-thiourea (TU). Finally, the deprotection of the allyl phosphoester group is carried out by reaction with sodium benzenethiolate in the absence of any detectable degradation. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst New Solar Models With Opas Opacity Tables
Le Pennec, Maëlle; Turck-Chièze, Sylvaine; Salmon, Sébastien ULg et al

in Astrophysical Journal Letters (2015), 813(2), 42

Stellar seismology appears more and more as a powerful tool for a better determination of the fundamental properties of solar-type stars. However, the particular case of the Sun is still challenging. For ... [more ▼]

Stellar seismology appears more and more as a powerful tool for a better determination of the fundamental properties of solar-type stars. However, the particular case of the Sun is still challenging. For about a decade now, the helioseismic sound-speed determination has continued to disagree with the standard solar model (SSM) prediction, questioning the reliability of this model. One of the sources of uncertainty could be in the treatment of the transport of radiation from the solar core to the surface. In this Letter, we use the new OPAS opacity tables, recently available for solar modeling, to address this issue. We discuss first the peculiarities of these tables, then we quantify their impact on the solar sound-speed and density profiles using the reduced OPAS tables taken on the grids of the OPAL ones. We use the two evolution codes, Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics and Code Liégeois d'Evolution Stellaire, that led to similar conclusions in the solar radiative zone. In comparison to commonly used OPAL opacity tables, the new solar models are computed for the most recent photospheric composition with OPAS tables and present improvements to the location of the base of the convective zone and to the description of the solar radiative zone in comparison to the helioseismic observations, even if the differences in the Rosseland mean opacity do not exceed 6%. We finally carry out a comparison to a solar model computed with the OP opacity tables. [less ▲]

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See detailWood Specific Gravity Variations and Biomass of Central African Tree Species: The Simple Choice of the Outer Wood
Bastin, Jean-François ULg; Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Tarelkin, Yegor et al

in PLoS ONE (2015)

Context: Wood specific gravity is a key element in tropical forest ecology. It integrates many aspects of tree mechanical properties and functioning and is an important predictor of tree biomass. Wood ... [more ▼]

Context: Wood specific gravity is a key element in tropical forest ecology. It integrates many aspects of tree mechanical properties and functioning and is an important predictor of tree biomass. Wood specific gravity varies widely among and within species and also within individual trees. Notably, contrasted patterns of radial variation of wood specific gravity have been demonstrated and related to regeneration guilds (light demanding vs. shade-bearing). However, although being repeatedly invoked as a potential source of error when estimating the biomass of trees, both intraspecific and radial variations remain little studied. In this study we characterized detailed pith-to-bark wood specific gravity profiles among contrasted species prominently contributing to the biomass of the forest, i.e., the dominant species, and we quantified the consequences of such variations on the biomass. Methods: Radial profiles of wood density at 8% moisture content were compiled for 14 dominant species in the Democratic Republic of Congo, adapting a unique 3D X-ray scanning technique at very high spatial resolution on core samples. Mean wood density estimates were validated by water displacement measurements. Wood density profiles were converted to wood specific gravity and linear mixed models were used to decompose the radial variance. Potential errors in biomass estimation were assessed by comparing the biomass estimated from the wood specific gravity measured from pith-to-bark profiles, from global repositories, and from partial information (outer wood or inner wood). Results: Wood specific gravity profiles from pith-to-bark presented positive, neutral and negative trends. Positive trends mainly characterized light-demanding species, increasing up to 1.8 g.cm-3 per meter for Piptadeniastrum africanum, and negative trends characterized shade-bearing species, decreasing up to 1 g.cm-3 per meter for Strombosia pustulata. The linear mixed model showed the greater part of wood specific gravity variance was explained by species only (45%) followed by a redundant part between species and regeneration guilds (36%). Despite substantial variation in wood specific gravity profiles among species and regeneration guilds, we found that values from the outer wood were strongly correlated to values from the whole profile, without any significant bias. In addition, we found that wood specific gravity from the DRYAD global repository may strongly differ depending on the species (up to 40% for Dialium pachyphyllum). Main conclusion: Therefore, when estimating forest biomass in specific sites, we recommend the systematic collection of outer wood samples on dominant species. This should prevent the main errors in biomass estimations resulting from wood specific gravity and allow for the collection of new information to explore the intraspecific variation of mechanical properties of trees. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal electron, phonon, and magnetic characteristics for low energy thermally induced magnetization switching
Atxitia, U.; Ostler, Thomas ULg; Chantrell, R. W. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2015), 107(19), 192402

Using large-scale computer simulations, we thoroughly study the minimum energy required to ther- mally induced magnetization switching (TIMS) after the application of a femtosecond heat pulse in ... [more ▼]

Using large-scale computer simulations, we thoroughly study the minimum energy required to ther- mally induced magnetization switching (TIMS) after the application of a femtosecond heat pulse in transition metal-rare earth ferrimagnetic alloys. We find that for an energy efficient TIMS, a low ferrimagnetic net magnetization with a strong temperature dependence is the relevant factor for the magnetic system. For the lattice and electron systems, the key physics for efficient TIMS is a large electron-phonon relaxation time. Importantly, we show that as the cooling time of the heated elec- trons is increased, the minimum power required to produce TIMS can be reduced by an order of magnitude. Our results show the way to low power TIMS by appropriate engineering of magnetic heterostructures. [less ▲]

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See detailPositive trends in Southern Hemisphere carbonyl sulfide
Kremser, Stefanie; Jones, Nicholas B.; Palm, Mathias et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2015), 42

Transport of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) from the troposphere to the stratosphere contributes sulfur to the stratospheric aerosol layer, which reflects incoming short-wave solar radiation, cooling the climate ... [more ▼]

Transport of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) from the troposphere to the stratosphere contributes sulfur to the stratospheric aerosol layer, which reflects incoming short-wave solar radiation, cooling the climate system. Previous analyses of OCS observations have shown no significant trend, suggesting that OCS is unlikely to be a major contributor to the reported increases in stratospheric aerosol loading and indicating a balanced OCS budget. Here we present analyses of ground-based Fourier transform spectrometer measurements of OCS at three Southern Hemisphere sites spanning 34.45°S to 77.80°S. At all three sites statistically significant positive trends are seen from 2001 to 2014 with an observed overall trend in total column OCS at Wollongong of 0.73 ± 0.03%/yr, at Lauder of 0.43 ± 0.02%/yr, and at Arrival Heights of 0.45 ± 0.05%/yr. These observed trends in OCS imply that the OCS budget is not balanced and could contribute to constraints on current estimates of sources and sinks. [less ▲]

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See detailComposite dark matter and direct-search experiments
Wallemacq, Quentin ULg

in International Journal of Modern Physics D : Gravitation, Astrophysics & Cosmology (2015), 24

The results of the direct searches for dark matter are reinterpreted in the framework of composite dark matter, i.e. dark matter particles that form neutral bound states, generically called “dark atoms” ... [more ▼]

The results of the direct searches for dark matter are reinterpreted in the framework of composite dark matter, i.e. dark matter particles that form neutral bound states, generically called “dark atoms”. Two different scenarios are presented: milli-interacting dark matter and dark anti-atoms. In both of them, dark matter interacts sufficiently strongly with terrestrial matter to be stopped in it before reaching underground detec- tors, which are typically located at a depth of 1 km. As they drift towards the center of the earth because of gravity, these thermal dark atoms are radiatively captured by the atoms of the active medium of underground detectors, which causes the emission of photons that produce the signals through their interac- tions with the electrons of the medium. This provides a way of reinterpreting the results in terms of electron recoils instead of nuclear recoils. The two models involve milli-charges and are able to reconcile the most contradictory experiments. We determine, for each model, the regions in the parameter space that reproduce the experiments with positive results in con- sistency with the constraints of the experiments with negative results. [less ▲]

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See detailRemote control of self-assembled microswimmers
Grosjean, Galien ULg; Lagubeau, Guillaume ULg; Darras, Alexis ULg et al

in Scientific Reports (2015)

Floating magnetic particles can self-assemble into structures. These structures are periodically deformed in a non reciprocal way using magnetic fields, which leads to controllable low Reynolds number ... [more ▼]

Floating magnetic particles can self-assemble into structures. These structures are periodically deformed in a non reciprocal way using magnetic fields, which leads to controllable low Reynolds number locomotion. [less ▲]

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See detailChange in ATP-binding cassette B1/19, glutamine synthetase and alcohol dehydrogenase gene expression during root elongation in Betula pendula Roth and Alnus glutinosa L. Gaertn in response to leachate and leonardite humic substances
Tahiri, Abdelghani ULg; Delporte, Fabienne ULg; Muhovski, Yordan et al

in Plant Physiology & Biochemistry (2015), 98

Humic substances (HS) are complex and heterogeneous compounds of humified organic matter resulting from the chemical and microbiological decomposition of organic residues. HS have a positive effect on ... [more ▼]

Humic substances (HS) are complex and heterogeneous compounds of humified organic matter resulting from the chemical and microbiological decomposition of organic residues. HS have a positive effect on plant growth and development by improving soil structure and fertility. They have long been recognized as plant growth-promoting substances, particularly with regard to influencing nutrient uptake, root growth and architecture. The biochemical and molecular mechanisms through which HS influence plant physiology are not well understood. This study evaluated the bioactivity of landfill leachate and leonardite HS on alder (Alnus glutinosa L. Gaertn) and birch (Betula pendula Roth) during root elongation in vitro. Changes in root development were studied in relation to auxin, carbon and nitrogen metabolisms, as well as to the stress adaptive response. The cDNA fragments of putative genes encoding two ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters (ABCB1 and ABCB19) belonging to the B subfamily of plant ABC auxin transporters were cloned and sequenced. Molecular data indicate that HS and their humic acid (HA) fractions induce root growth by influencing polar auxin transport (PAT), as illustrated by the modulation of the ABCB transporter transcript levels (ABCB1 and ABCB19). There were also changes in alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and glutamine synthetase (GS) gene transcript levels in response to HS exposure. These findings confirmed that humic matter affects plant growth and development through various metabolic pathways, including hormonal, carbon and nitrogen metabolisms and stress response or signalization. [less ▲]

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See detailAccreting protoplanets in the LkCa 15 transition disk
Sallum, S.; Follette, K. B.; Eisner, J. A. et al

in Nature (2015), 527

Exoplanet detections have revolutionized astronomy, offering new insights into solar system architecture and planet demographics. While nearly 1,900 exoplanets have now been discovered and confirmed, none ... [more ▼]

Exoplanet detections have revolutionized astronomy, offering new insights into solar system architecture and planet demographics. While nearly 1,900 exoplanets have now been discovered and confirmed, none are still in the process of formation. Transition disks, protoplanetary disks with inner clearings best explained by the influence of accreting planets, are natural laboratories for the study of planet formation. Some transition disks show evidence for the presence of young planets in the form of disk asymmetries or infrared sources detected within their clearings, as in the case of LkCa 15 (refs 8, 9). Attempts to observe directly signatures of accretion onto protoplanets have hitherto proven unsuccessful. Here we report adaptive optics observations of LkCa 15 that probe within the disk clearing. With accurate source positions over multiple epochs spanning 2009-2015, we infer the presence of multiple companions on Keplerian orbits. We directly detect Hα emission from the innermost companion, LkCa 15 b, evincing hot (about 10,000 kelvin) gas falling deep into the potential well of an accreting protoplanet. [less ▲]

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See detailDo single, double or triple fungicide sprays differentially affect the grain quality in winter wheat?
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; kOUADIO, Louis; Junk et al

in Field Crops Research (2015), 183(257-266),

Foliar fungicides in wheat are typically used to safeguard against economic losses from diseases. In this study, we assessed the effects of three fungicide spray regimes [single, double, and triple ... [more ▼]

Foliar fungicides in wheat are typically used to safeguard against economic losses from diseases. In this study, we assessed the effects of three fungicide spray regimes [single, double, and triple treatments] on four different grain quality parameters [thousand grain weight (TGW), test weight (TW), grain protein content (GPC), and Zeleny sedimentation volume (ZSV)] during the 2006–2009 period at two sites in Luxembourg. The fungicides used were generally a mix of chlorothalonil and triazoles. At Burmerange, (cultivar Cubus), the values of TGW, TW, GPC and ZSV ranged from 38 to 62 g, 67 to 83 kg hl−1, 12.0% to 14.7% dry matter (DM), and 27 to 54 ml, respectively. Whereas, at Everlange (cultivar Achat), the ranges of TGW, TW, GPC and ZSV were 42 to 65 g, 65 to 81 kg hl−1, 11.0% to 15.0% DM, and 21 to 66 ml, respectively. In more than 75% cases, the results indicate that fungicides did not significantly affect TW or ZSV at either sites (P > 0.05). However, there was a significant and positive fungicide effect on GPC in 2006 and 2009 at Burmerange, and only in 2006 at Everlange (P < 0.05). On the contrary, TGW was significantly affected at Burmerange in all years, except 2008 when a positive increase was observed compared to control plots; and in 2006 and 2007 at Everlange. Interestingly, when there was an effect of fungicides on a quality parameter, there was no difference among different fungicide treatments. Thus under conditions prevailing in Luxembourg, a single fungicide treatment applied with judicious timing generally resulted in statistically similar grain quality parameters when compared with a double or triple fungicide treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailPostures et figures « néo-réactionnaires ». Autour d'un personnage collectif
Durand, Pascal ULg; Sindaco, Sarah ULg

in COnTEXTES : Revue de Sociologie de la Littérature (2015)

Rendre compte du courant dit des « nouveaux réactionnaires » en dressant le portrait du personnage collectif qui lui sert de support tient ici d’une mesure de prudence autant que d’un choix de méthode, à ... [more ▼]

Rendre compte du courant dit des « nouveaux réactionnaires » en dressant le portrait du personnage collectif qui lui sert de support tient ici d’une mesure de prudence autant que d’un choix de méthode, à la faveur d’une double distance créée avec l’objet : distance historique pour commencer, même si celle-ci tendra à se resserrer progressivement autour dudit objet ; distance assurée d’un autre côté par un effort d’abstraction des régularités en fait de rhétorique et de posture caractéristiques du phénomène examiné dans son ensemble. Un phénomène à la fois social et discursif dont les conditions de possibilité et d’efficacité intéresse davantage le propos du présent article que les contenus polémiques dont il se nourrit et les fortes individualités dont il se soutient [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray emission from the giant magnetosphere of the magnetic O-type star NGC 1624-2
Petit, V.; Cohen, D. H.; Wade, G. A. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015), 453

We observed NGC 1624-2, the O-type star with the largest known magnetic field (B[SUB]p[/SUB] ˜ 20 kG), in X-rays with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS-S) camera on-board the Chandra X-ray ... [more ▼]

We observed NGC 1624-2, the O-type star with the largest known magnetic field (B[SUB]p[/SUB] ˜ 20 kG), in X-rays with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS-S) camera on-board the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Our two observations were obtained at the minimum and maximum of the periodic Hα emission cycle, corresponding to the rotational phases where the magnetic field is the closest to equator-on and pole-on, respectively. With these observations, we aim to characterize the star's magnetosphere via the X-ray emission produced by magnetically confined wind shocks. Our main findings are as follows. (i) The observed spectrum of NGC 1624-2 is hard, similar to the magnetic O-type star θ[SUP]1[/SUP] Ori C, with only a few photons detected below 0.8 keV. The emergent X-ray flux is 30 per cent lower at the Hα minimum phase. (ii) Our modelling indicated that this seemingly hard spectrum is in fact a consequence of relatively soft intrinsic emission, similar to other magnetic Of?p stars, combined with a large amount of local absorption (˜1-3× 10[SUP]22[/SUP] cm[SUP]-2[/SUP]). This combination is necessary to reproduce both the prominent Mg and Si spectral features, and the lack of flux at low energies. NGC 1624-2 is intrinsically luminous in X-rays (log L^{em}_X˜ 33.4) but 70-95 per cent of the X-ray emission produced by magnetically confined wind shocks is absorbed before it escapes the magnetosphere (log L^{ISMcor}_X˜ 32.5). (iii) The high X-ray luminosity, its variation with stellar rotation, and its large attenuation are all consistent with a large dynamical magnetosphere with magnetically confined wind shocks. [less ▲]

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See detailX-Ray Emission from Massive Stars in Cyg OB2
Rauw, Gregor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg; Wright, N. J. et al

in Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (2015), 221

We report on the analysis of the Chandra-ACIS data of O, B, and WR stars in the young association Cyg OB2. X-ray spectra of 49 O-stars, 54 B-stars, and 3 WR-stars are analyzed and for the brighter sources ... [more ▼]

We report on the analysis of the Chandra-ACIS data of O, B, and WR stars in the young association Cyg OB2. X-ray spectra of 49 O-stars, 54 B-stars, and 3 WR-stars are analyzed and for the brighter sources, the epoch dependence of the X-ray fluxes is investigated. The O-stars in Cyg OB2 follow a well-defined scaling relation between their X-ray and bolometric luminosities: log(Lx/Lbol)=-7.2+/- 0.2. This relation is in excellent agreement with the one previously derived for the Carina OB1 association. Except for the brightest O-star binaries, there is no general X-ray overluminosity due to colliding winds in O-star binaries. Roughly half of the known B-stars in the surveyed field are detected, but they fail to display a clear relationship between Lx and Lbol. Out of the three WR stars in Cyg OB2, probably only WR 144 is itself responsible for the observed level of X-ray emission, at a very low log(Lx/Lbol)=-8.8+/- 0.2. The X-ray emission of the other two WR-stars (WR 145 and 146) is most probably due to their O-type companion along with a moderate contribution from a wind–wind interaction zone. [less ▲]

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See detailA rocky planet transiting a nearby low-mass star
Berta-Thompson, Zachory K.; Irwin, Jonathan; Charbonneau, David et al

in Nature (2015), 527

M-dwarf stars—hydrogen-burning stars that are smaller than 60 per cent of the size of the Sun—are the most common class of star in our Galaxy and outnumber Sun-like stars by a ratio of 12:1. Recent ... [more ▼]

M-dwarf stars—hydrogen-burning stars that are smaller than 60 per cent of the size of the Sun—are the most common class of star in our Galaxy and outnumber Sun-like stars by a ratio of 12:1. Recent results have shown that M dwarfs host Earth-sized planets in great numbers: the average number of M-dwarf planets that are between 0.5 to 1.5 times the size of Earth is at least 1.4 per star. The nearest such planets known to transit their star are 39 parsecs away, too distant for detailed follow-up observations to measure the planetary masses or to study their atmospheres. Here we report observations of GJ 1132b, a planet with a size of 1.2 Earth radii that is transiting a small star 12 parsecs away. Our Doppler mass measurement of GJ 1132b yields a density consistent with an Earth-like bulk composition, similar to the compositions of the six known exoplanets with masses less than six times that of the Earth and precisely measured densities. Receiving 19 times more stellar radiation than the Earth, the planet is too hot to be habitable but is cool enough to support a substantial atmosphere, one that has probably been considerably depleted of hydrogen. Because the host star is nearby and only 21 per cent the radius of the Sun, existing and upcoming telescopes will be able to observe the composition and dynamics of the planetary atmosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations of radio-quiet quasars at 10-mas resolution by use of gravitational lensing
Jackson, Neal; Tagore, Amitpal S.; Roberts, Carl et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015), 454

We present Very Large Array detections of radio emission in 4 four-image gravitational lens systems with quasar sources: HS 0810+2554, RX J0911+0511, HE 0435-1223 and SDSS J0924+0219, and extended Multi ... [more ▼]

We present Very Large Array detections of radio emission in 4 four-image gravitational lens systems with quasar sources: HS 0810+2554, RX J0911+0511, HE 0435-1223 and SDSS J0924+0219, and extended Multi-Element Remote Linked Interferometer (e-MERLIN) observations of two of the systems. The first three are detected at a high level of significance, and SDSS J0924+0219 is detected. HS 0810+2554 is resolved, allowing us for the first time to achieve 10-mas resolution of the source frame in the structure of a radio-quiet quasar. The others are unresolved or marginally resolved. All four objects are among the faintest radio sources yet detected, with intrinsic flux densities in the range 1-5 μJy; such radio objects, if unlensed, will only be observable routinely with the Square Kilometre Array. The observations of HS 0810+2554, which is also detected with e-MERLIN, strongly suggest the presence of a mini active galactic nucleus, with a radio core and milliarcsecond scale jet. The flux densities of the lensed images in all but HE 0435-1223 are consistent with smooth galaxy lens models without the requirement for smaller scale substructure in the model, although some interesting anomalies are seen between optical and radio flux densities. These are probably due to microlensing effects in the optical. [less ▲]

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See detailCOMMENT EXPLORER LES SYMPTOMES NEGATIFS DE LA PSYCHOSE CHEZ L'ENFANT: UNE SEMIOLOGIE DIMENSIONNELLE
SCHOLL, Jean-Marc ULg

in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica (2015), 116(3), 15-21

Despite its high frequency, psychotic syndrome in childhood is little understood and is often diagnosed only after several years of development, and this during a time when the child’s psychosocial future ... [more ▼]

Despite its high frequency, psychotic syndrome in childhood is little understood and is often diagnosed only after several years of development, and this during a time when the child’s psychosocial future is at stake. Negative symptoms are systematically present at the prodromal phase and are the most stable thereafter. It is therefore essential to furnish clinicians with precise semiological markers to recognize it. This paper presents a dimensional semiology of the negative symptoms for use in anamnesis and in clinical observation of the child. Is also gives a guide to the interviewing process. [less ▲]

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See detailMétroplasties (utérus en T après l'ère DES, septum): quel bénéfice?
BRICHANT, Géraldine ULg; CLOSON, François ULg; MASEREEL, Marie-Caroline ULg et al

in Louvain Medical (2015), 134

Mûllerian anomalies are associated with infertility and obstetric complications, such as recurrent pregnancy loss, preterm labor or birth, as well as malpresentation. The most common anomalies inlude ... [more ▼]

Mûllerian anomalies are associated with infertility and obstetric complications, such as recurrent pregnancy loss, preterm labor or birth, as well as malpresentation. The most common anomalies inlude septate uterus, uterus bicornuate, and uterus didelphys (Class II and III according to ESHRE/ESGE classification). Hypoplastic uteri are rare, being usually caused by in utero exposure to diethylstilbestrol. Hysteroscopic metroplasty has been shown to improve both fertility and obstetrical outcomes in patients with hypoplastic or septate uterus [less ▲]

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See detailHypervulnerability to Sound Exposure through Impaired Adaptive Proliferation of Peroxisomes.
Delmaghani, Sedigheh; Defourny, Jean; Aghaie, Asadollah et al

in Cell (2015), 163(4), 894-906

A deficiency in pejvakin, a protein of unknown function, causes a strikingly heterogeneous form of human deafness. Pejvakin-deficient (Pjvk(-/-)) mice also exhibit variable auditory phenotypes ... [more ▼]

A deficiency in pejvakin, a protein of unknown function, causes a strikingly heterogeneous form of human deafness. Pejvakin-deficient (Pjvk(-/-)) mice also exhibit variable auditory phenotypes. Correlation between their hearing thresholds and the number of pups per cage suggest a possible harmful effect of pup vocalizations. Direct sound or electrical stimulation show that the cochlear sensory hair cells and auditory pathway neurons of Pjvk(-/-) mice and patients are exceptionally vulnerable to sound. Subcellular analysis revealed that pejvakin is associated with peroxisomes and required for their oxidative-stress-induced proliferation. Pjvk(-/-) cochleas display features of marked oxidative stress and impaired antioxidant defenses, and peroxisomes in Pjvk(-/-) hair cells show structural abnormalities after the onset of hearing. Noise exposure rapidly upregulates Pjvk cochlear transcription in wild-type mice and triggers peroxisome proliferation in hair cells and primary auditory neurons. Our results reveal that the antioxidant activity of peroxisomes protects the auditory system against noise-induced damage. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Communauté germanophone après la sixième réforme de l’État : état des lieux et perspectives
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg; Niessen, Christoph; Reuchamps, Min

in Courrier Hebdomadaire du CRISP (2015), 2266-2267

Cet article dresse un état des lieux des compétences et du financement de la Communauté germanophone, en identifiant les modifications que la sixième réforme de l'État a apportées à cet égard. Il fait ... [more ▼]

Cet article dresse un état des lieux des compétences et du financement de la Communauté germanophone, en identifiant les modifications que la sixième réforme de l'État a apportées à cet égard. Il fait état des débats politiques qui ont accompagné ces réformes et de la manière dont celles-ci ont déjà partiellement été mises en œuvre. Il récapitule aussi la représentation dont la Communauté germanophone bénéficie au sein de l'Union européenne, de l'Autorité fédérale, de la Région wallonne et de la Province de Liège. [less ▲]

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See detailAdult bone marrow mesenchymal and neural crest stem cells are chemoattractive and accelerate motor recovery in a mouse model of spinal cord injury
Neirinckx, Virginie ULg; Agirman, Gulistan ULg; Coste, Cécile ULg et al

in Stem Cell Research and Therapy (2015), 6(211),

Introduction: Stem cells from adult tissues were considered for a long time as promising tools for regenerative therapy of neurological diseases, including spinal cord injuries (SCI). Indeed, mesenchymal ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Stem cells from adult tissues were considered for a long time as promising tools for regenerative therapy of neurological diseases, including spinal cord injuries (SCI). Indeed, mesenchymal (MSCs) and neural crest stem cells (NCSCs) together constitute the bone marrow stromal stem cells (BMSCs) that were used as therapeutic options in various models of experimental SCI. However, as clinical approaches remained disappointing, we thought that reducing BMSC heterogeneity should be a potential way to improve treatment efficiency and reproducibility. Methods: We investigated the impact of pure populations of MSCs and NCSCs isolated from adult bone marrow in a mouse model of spinal cord injury. We then analyzed the secretome of both MSCs and NCSCs, and its effect on macrophage migration in vitro. Results: We first observed that both cell types induced motor recovery in mice, and modified the inflammatory reaction in the lesion site. We also demonstrated that NCSCs but especially MSCs were able to secrete chemokines and attract macrophages in vitro. Finally, it appears that MSC injection in the spinal cord enhance early inflammatory events in the blood and spinal cord of SCI mice. Conclusions: Altogether, our results suggest that both cell types have beneficial effects in experimental SCI, and that further investigation should be dedicated to the regulation of the inflammatory reaction following SCI, in the context of stem cell-based therapy but also in the early-phase clinical management of SCI patients. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Expropriation of YPF from Repsol in the Argentine Press: Analyzing Framing in Opinion Pieces through Rhetorical Criticism
Azpíroz Manero, María Luisa ULg

in Doxa Comunicación : Revista Interdisciplinar de Estudios de Comunicación y Ciencias Sociales (2015), (21), 33-53

This article examines how opinion articles in the Argentine press framed the government's expropriation of Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF) from Repsol in 2012. By understanding frames as ... [more ▼]

This article examines how opinion articles in the Argentine press framed the government's expropriation of Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF) from Repsol in 2012. By understanding frames as narratives composed by the interrelation of the functions of frame, and adopting Kuper's proposal to analyze framing from the perspective of rhetorical criticism, this study focuses on two newspapers with opposing editorial lines (La Nación and Página 12) and identifies two different narratives shaping the reporting of this story. The results also reveal two different views of the role of the market and the state in the economy and in the management of energy resources. [less ▲]

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See detailThe harmonic balance method for bifurcation analysis of large-scale nonlinear mechanical systems
Detroux, Thibaut ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Masset, Luc ULg et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (2015), 296

The harmonic balance (HB) method is widely used in the literature for analyzing the periodic solutions of nonlinear mechanical systems. The objective of this paper is to exploit the method for bifurcation ... [more ▼]

The harmonic balance (HB) method is widely used in the literature for analyzing the periodic solutions of nonlinear mechanical systems. The objective of this paper is to exploit the method for bifurcation analysis, i.e., for the detection and tracking of bifurcations of nonlinear systems. To this end, an algorithm that combines the computation of the Floquet exponents with bordering techniques is developed. A new procedure for the tracking of Neimark–Sacker bifurcations that exploits the properties of eigenvalue derivatives is also proposed. The HB method is demonstrated using numerical experiments of a spacecraft structure that possesses a nonlinear vibration isolation device. [less ▲]

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See detailTrunk muscle profile in elite tennis players with and without low back pain
GROSDENT, Stéphanie ULg; Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Souchet, Matthieu et al

in Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness (2015), 55(11), 1354-1362

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See detailLa collection "Poétique" : terre d'accueil
Lorent, Fanny ULg

in A l'épreuve (2015), 2

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See detailLe crime de masse en criminologie
Pierre, Alexia ULg

in Revue de Science Criminelle et de Droit Pénal Comparé (2015), 3(juillet/septembre), 627-637

Despite the increasing number of mass crimes and mass victimisations, these topics remain marginal in criminology when they are not linked to terrorism. While the characteristics of mass crimes seem to ... [more ▼]

Despite the increasing number of mass crimes and mass victimisations, these topics remain marginal in criminology when they are not linked to terrorism. While the characteristics of mass crimes seem to meet the characteristics of a criminological object of research, they remain mostly studied through history, sociology, psychology or policy studies. The following analysis is an exploration of three issues that can explain the weakness of interest in mass crimes by the criminologists. These aspects, encompassing psychological, epistemological or practical issues, may lead to a disciplinary approach that is far from mass crimes specificities, or may not allow to explore the complex wholeness of such topics. A criminology of mass crimes, conducive to an exploration of the current criminal realities, is needed to understand the current global phenomena. Indeed, the numerous and worldwide massive abuses against civilians must lead the criminologists to take them into concern and to develop principles of prevention. Analysis, aware of the specificities of mass crimes, and leading to an in depth understanding of mass crimes issues, must be the foundation of these principles. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modelling of transient cyclic vertical loading of suction caissons in sand
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Geotechnique (2015), 65(12),

This paper presents numerical investigations of the monotonic and cyclic behaviours of suction caissons upon vertical transient loading. Both drained and partially drained conditions are investigated ... [more ▼]

This paper presents numerical investigations of the monotonic and cyclic behaviours of suction caissons upon vertical transient loading. Both drained and partially drained conditions are investigated. Monotonic compression and traction simulations are carried out to qualitatively compare results with the literature and validate the model. They highlight the different modes of reaction of the caisson to both compression and traction loading. A sensitivity analysis points out the strong influence of some parameters on the resistance of the caisson but also on the failure mechanism. The transient behaviour of the caisson upon different kinds of cyclic load signals is analysed. Results reproduce the settlement and pore water pressure accumulations observed during experiments. The influence of the key design parameters on the settlement accumulation is also assessed. Finally a cyclic diagram is proposed to describe the evolution of the final settlement upon different magnitudes of loading. [less ▲]

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See detailIncapacité de travail prolongée. Revue des facteurs de risque professionnels et des stratégies d'intervention
Somville, Pierre ULg; Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

in Archives des Maladies Professionnelles et de l'Environnement (2015), 76(5), 458-467

Purpose of the study In the context of the general population aging and the increasing cost of work disability, public authorities pay special attention to the employability of workers with health ... [more ▼]

Purpose of the study In the context of the general population aging and the increasing cost of work disability, public authorities pay special attention to the employability of workers with health problems. In order to consider strategies for reducing the duration of disability and promoting the return-to-work, the Belgian Federal Public Service Work and Employment wished to have an update of the available scientific evidence on this topic. Methods This literature review is based on articles published in English between 2001 and 2011 and extracted from the MEDLINE database. The review first part deals with long term incapacity risk factors while the second one describes evidence as regards prevention measures and intervention strategies. Results Some risk factors significantly associated with long term disability have been identified: being employed in heavy jobs, fear-avoidance reactions and psychosocial occupational factors such as job dissatisfaction, lack of work control, insufficient support, poor relationships with colleagues, but also the worker own perception of his ability to return to work. Early detection of these perceived barriers to return to work is needed. With regard to intervention strategies, the review, limited to low back pain associated work absences, supports the interest of ergonomic changes in the working environment and the importance of participative interventions. The communication between the return to work actors (i.e. clinical physicians, occupational physicians, employers, insurers and the worker himself) is a key factor in the success of the intervention. Finally, in heavier workload occupations, promoting a systematic access to a transitory light duty position appears to be an interesting guideline. [less ▲]

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See detail3D numerical models using a fluid or a solid formulation of FSW processes with non-cylindrical pin
Bussetta, Philippe; Dialmi, Narges; Chiumenti, Michele et al

in Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences (2015), 2(27),

Friction Stir Welding (FSW) process is a relatively recent welding process (patented in 1991). FSW is a solid-state joining process during which materials to be joined are not melted. During the FSW ... [more ▼]

Friction Stir Welding (FSW) process is a relatively recent welding process (patented in 1991). FSW is a solid-state joining process during which materials to be joined are not melted. During the FSW process, the behavior of the material is at the interface between solid mechanics and fluid mechanics. In this paper, a 3D numerical model of the FSW process with a non-cylindrical tool based on a solid formulation is compared to another one based on a fluid formulation. Both models use advanced numerical techniques such as the Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) formulation, remeshing or the Orthogonal Sub-Grid Scale method (OSS). It is shown that these two formulations essentially deliver the same results. [less ▲]

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See detailDerivation and Application of Sensitivities to Assess Transient Voltage Sags caused by Rotor Swings
Weckesser, Tilman; Johannsson, Hjortur; Ostergaard, Jacob et al

in International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems (2015), 72

The paper introduces an approach to investigate voltage sags, which are caused by large generator rotor swings following a transient disturbance. Therefore, the method exploits sensitivities derived from ... [more ▼]

The paper introduces an approach to investigate voltage sags, which are caused by large generator rotor swings following a transient disturbance. Therefore, the method exploits sensitivities derived from the algebraic network equations. These provide information on the impact of a generator on the voltage magnitude at a load bus and the e ffect of load variation on the generator's power injection. It is shown that these sensitivities give valuable information to identify critical generator-load pairs and locations for applying preventive control measures. [less ▲]

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See detailAmphibians forgo aquatic life in response to alien fish introduction
Winandy, Laurane ULg; Darnet, Elodie; Denoël, Mathieu ULg

in Animal Behaviour (2015), 109

Species with complex life cycles are good models to understand trade-offs between life in hostile and favourable habitats. Newts remain in breeding wetlands for a long period and are strongly affected by ... [more ▼]

Species with complex life cycles are good models to understand trade-offs between life in hostile and favourable habitats. Newts remain in breeding wetlands for a long period and are strongly affected by fish introduction; however, mechanisms of the exclusion observed in the field are still not well known. In particular, whether newts skip breeding and leave water for land in response to fish introduction and how aquatic shelter may influence their choice remain open questions. To investigate these questions, we experimentally studied the use of aquatic and terrestrial habitats during the breeding season of palmate newts, Lissotriton helveticus, in the presence and absence of goldfish, Carassius auratus. We determined the consequences of habitat choice on newt fitness by assessing sexual activity and number of eggs. There was a strong, significant avoidance of the aquatic environment in the presence of fish, particularly when no aquatic shelter was available. This escape from the water had an impact on reproduction: newts decreased their sexual activity and laid fewer eggs. The availability of shelters favoured coexistence but did not prevent a large proportion of the newts from leaving water and skipping reproduction. This study shows how the presence of fish and the absence of aquatic shelters can lead to newts forgoing aquatic life, thus improving our understanding of the mechanisms behind the coexistence and exclusion patterns found in the wild. More broadly, these data contribute to explaining aquatic versus terrestrial life in favourable and unfavourable environments. [less ▲]

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See detailThe N-terminal region of CHD4 is essential for activity and contains a HMG-box-like-domain that can bind poly(ADP-ribose).
Silva, Ana; Ryan, Daniel; Galanty, Y et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2015)

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See detailL'image du mois : Le processus thrombotique sous la loupe (microscopie intravitale)
Oury, Cécile ULg; Hego, Alexandre ULg; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70(11), 537-539

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See detailHistoires sur Able Archer
Kluge, Alexander; Leyh, Valérie ULg

in Cahiers d'Etudes Germaniques (2015), 69

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See detailCharacteristics and typology of sheep herding systems in the suburban area of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Tindano, Kisito ULg; Moula, Nassim ULg; Traoré, A. et al

in Archiv für Tierzucht = Archives Animal Breeding (2015), 58

Strong increase in demand for animal products could benefit local producers in developing countries. This development opportunity particularly concerns suburban livestock. In Burkina Faso, the suburban ... [more ▼]

Strong increase in demand for animal products could benefit local producers in developing countries. This development opportunity particularly concerns suburban livestock. In Burkina Faso, the suburban area of Ouagadougou is a place for the setting up of an increasing number of breeders. Due to its importance in religious traditions, spurring its consumption in whole West Africa, mutton is a major part of this suburban production. In order to characterize sheep farming in the suburban zone of Ouagadougou, in terms of motives, practices, and economic performance, and to better understand the dynamic at play in the sheep sector, a survey has been conducted among 80 sheep farmers around Ouagadougou. The results show that suburban sheep keeping is a highly dual sector. Nearly half (42.5 %) of farms may be described as traditional livestock, while 50% are evolving towards intensification. These two groups essentially differ in terms of animal genetic and feeding management, farm infrastructure, and farmer education level. Economically, the whole sample tends to indicate a lack of profitability of the activity in terms of monetary income. Several factors contributing to this situation are pinpointed, namely feed and animal health constraints, flock and production management, and the market conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiative origin of neutrino masses
Aristizabal Sierra, Diego ULg

in Acta Physica Polonica B (2015), 46

Mechanisms for Majorana neutrino mass generation can be classified according to the level at which the Weinberg operator is generated. The different possibilities can be sorted in “canonical” tree-level ... [more ▼]

Mechanisms for Majorana neutrino mass generation can be classified according to the level at which the Weinberg operator is generated. The different possibilities can be sorted in “canonical” tree-level and loop-induced realizations, the latter being motivated by their potential experimental testability. Here, we discuss the one- and two-loop cases, paying special attention to systematic classification schemes, whose aim is that of constructing a full picture for neutrino mass generation [less ▲]

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See detailSéance de renforcement musculaire utilisant des objets du quotidien
Dubru, Gilles ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revue de l'Education Physique (2015), 55(1), 43-56

Les professeurs d’éducation physique proposent régulièrement des leçons portant sur le renforcement musculaire faisant partie des compétences à acquérir par les élèves (domaine de la condition physique ... [more ▼]

Les professeurs d’éducation physique proposent régulièrement des leçons portant sur le renforcement musculaire faisant partie des compétences à acquérir par les élèves (domaine de la condition physique). En revanche, il n'est pas nécessairement fréquent que ces séances visent à expliquer aux élèves comment ils peuvent exploiter ce qu'ils apprennent à l'école lorsqu'ils sont chez eux. Cet article illustre une approche susceptible de combler ce manque. [less ▲]

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See detailFE modeling of the cooling and tempering steps of bimetallic rolling mill rolls
Neira Torres, Ingrid; Gilles, Gaëtan ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg et al

in International Journal of Material Forming (2015)

Numerical simulations enable the analysis of the stress and strain histories of bimetallic rolling mill rolls. The history of rolling mill rolls is simulated by thermo-mechanical metallurgical finite ... [more ▼]

Numerical simulations enable the analysis of the stress and strain histories of bimetallic rolling mill rolls. The history of rolling mill rolls is simulated by thermo-mechanical metallurgical finite element code while considering two steps: post-casting cooling and subsequent tempering heat treatment. The model requires a notably large set of material parameters. For different phases and temperatures, Young modulus, yield limit and tangent plastic modulus are determined through compression tests. Rupture stresses and strains are obtained by tensile tests. Thermo-physical parameters are measured by such experimental methods as dilatometry, DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) and Laser Flash methods. Such parameters as the transformation plasticity coefiicients for the ferrite, pearlite and martensite phases are identified through an inverse method. From the simulation results, the profile of the stresses evolution at different critical times is presented. An analysis of the potential damage is proposed by comparing the predicted axial stress \vith rupture stresses. The perspective of the Ghosh and McClintock damage criteria is also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailFinite element modelling of composite structures under crushing load
Chiu, Louis N.S.; Falzon, Brian G.; Boman, Romain ULg et al

in Composite Structures (2015), 131

This paper details the theory and implementation of a composite damage model, addressing damage within a ply (intralaminar) and delamination (interlaminar), developed for the simulation of the crushing of ... [more ▼]

This paper details the theory and implementation of a composite damage model, addressing damage within a ply (intralaminar) and delamination (interlaminar), developed for the simulation of the crushing of laminated composite structures. It includes a more accurate determination of the characteristic length to achieve mesh objectivity in capturing intralaminar damage consisting of matrix cracking and fibre failure, a load-history dependent material response, an isotropic hardening nonlinear matrix response, as well as a more physically-based interactive matrix damage mechanism. The developed damage model requires a set of material parameters obtained from a combination of standard and non-standard material characterisation tests. The fidelity of the model mitigates the need to manipulate, or “calibrate”, the input data to achieve good agreement with experimental results. This intralaminar damage model was implemented as a VUMAT subroutine, and used in conjunction with an existing interlaminar damage model, in Abaqus/Explicit. This approach was validated through the simulation of the crushing of a cross-ply composite tube with a tulip-shaped trigger, loaded in uniaxial compression. Despite the complexity of the chosen geometry, excellent correlation was achieved with experimental results. [less ▲]

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See detailSymptômes neurologiques du bord latéral du pied et de la cheville
WANG, François-Charles ULg

in Médecine et Chirurgie du Pied = Foot Medicine and Surgery (2015), 31

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See detailREGISTRE BELGE ET CENTRES DE RÉFÉRENCE POUR LES MALADIES TROPHOBLASTIQUES GESTATIONNELLES
DELCOMINETTE, Sarah ULg; TIMMERMANS, Marie ULg; DELBECQUE, Katty ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70(11), 550-556

Gestational trophoblastic diseases include placental pathologies comprising fertilization abnormalities (hydatidiform moles) and malignant lesions (choriocarcinoma, placental site trophoblastic tumor and ... [more ▼]

Gestational trophoblastic diseases include placental pathologies comprising fertilization abnormalities (hydatidiform moles) and malignant lesions (choriocarcinoma, placental site trophoblastic tumor and epithelioid trophoblastic tumor). Due to their low incidence and heterogeneity, their diagnosis, management and treatment are not always optimal. Following the example of other European countries, a national registration system with two reference centers has been set up to guide physicians and patients and to propose individualized management. The centers offer their expertise through a systematic centralised pathology review by a panel of experts. HCG values are plotted in regression curves. In case of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia, an imaging work-up is proposed, from which the FIGO score and stage are derived and will guide the choice of treatment. Belgian centers offer a multidisciplinary approach, in partnership with the referent physician. More information for practitioners and patients is available on a web site: www.mole-chorio-bgog.eu, which also harbours a forum of discussion. [less ▲]

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See detailL’ETUDE CLINIQUE DU MOIS EMPA-REG OUTCOME : L’empagliflozine réduit la mortalité chez le patient diabétique de type 2 à haut risque cardiovasculaire
SCHEEN, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70

Summary : EMPA-REG OUTCOME is an international, prospective, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating the cardiovascular outcomes of empagliflozin, an inhibitor of sodium-glucose cotransporters ... [more ▼]

Summary : EMPA-REG OUTCOME is an international, prospective, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating the cardiovascular outcomes of empagliflozin, an inhibitor of sodium-glucose cotransporters type 2 (SGLT2), in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and known cardiovascular disease. The trial succeeded in reaching the primary objective of non-inferiority and, in addition, showed, after a median follow up of 3.1 years, a superiority of empagliflozin (10 or 25 mg/day) versus placebo as regards the primary composite cardiovascular endpoint (hasard ratio or HR = 0.86; 95% CI 0.74-0.99; P = 0.04), hospitalisations for heart failure (- 35 %), cardiovascular mortality (- 38 %) and all-cause mortality (- 32 %, each p< 0.001). The reduction in mortality appeared early (< 6 months) and concerned all subgroups, without any obvious heterogeneity. This reduction in mortality does not seem to be fully explained by the concomitant slight reductions in HbA1c, body weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and serum uric acid levels in the empagliflozin groups versus the placebo group. Finally, the tolerance and safety profile of empagliflozin was good, with only a moderate increase in benign mycotic genital infections, a well-known adverse event with SGLT2 inhibitors. The remarkable effects of empagliflozin in the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial, especially on mortality, should modify the management of patients with type 2 diabetes and a high cardiovascular risk in a near future. [less ▲]

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See detailA Parallel Processing Approach to Dynamic Simulations of Combined Transmission and Distribution Systems
Aristidou, Petros ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems (2015), 72

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled in detail is a huge computational challenge. In this paper, a Schur-complement-based domain decomposition algorithm is ... [more ▼]

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled in detail is a huge computational challenge. In this paper, a Schur-complement-based domain decomposition algorithm is proposed to provide accurate, detailed dynamic simulations of such systems. The simulation procedure is accelerated with the use of parallel programming techniques, taking advantage of the parallelization opportunities inherent to domain decomposition algorithms. The proposed algorithm is general, portable and scalable on inexpensive, shared-memory, multi-core machines. A large-scale test system is used for its performance evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailOpportunités pour la valorisation des végétaux riches en anthocyanes comme sources de colorants alimentaires (synthèse bibliographique)
Beye, Cheikh ULg; Tounkara, Lat Souk; Seck, Mamadou Amadou et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2015), 19(4), 392-401

Introduction. Très répandues dans le règne végétal, les anthocyanes sont le sujet d’un grand nombre d’études qui abordent en général les aspects concernant leur instabilité vis-à-vis des conditions dans ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Très répandues dans le règne végétal, les anthocyanes sont le sujet d’un grand nombre d’études qui abordent en général les aspects concernant leur instabilité vis-à-vis des conditions dans lesquelles elles sont employées ou l’effet bénéfique de leur consommation sur la santé. Littérature. Ces aspects sont particulièrement importants lorsqu’on envisage de les extraire en vue de leur utilisation comme colorant alimentaire naturel. Dans cette revue bibliographique, les propriétés des anthocyanes susceptibles d’être altérées lors de leur transformation ont été étudiées. Par la suite, un état des lieux sur les méthodes de fabrication de colorants à base d’anthocyanes a été fait afin de dégager des perspectives pour l’exploitation des matières végétales qui en contiennent de grandes quantités. Conclusions. Les fruits et légumes utilisables pour la fabrication de colorants alimentaires sont nombreux et variés. Les différences au niveau du contenu ont une influence sur la stabilité de la couleur des extraits, mais les progrès récents en matière de formulation ouvrent des perspectives pour la valorisation des végétaux riches en anthocyanes. [less ▲]

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See detailLégitimité des recommandations sur la viscosupplémentation
Henrotin, Yves ULg

in Rhumatos (2015), 12(111), 280

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See detailThe aggressive personality of an introduced fish affects foraging behavior in a polymorphic newt
Winandy, Laurane ULg; Denoël, Mathieu ULg

in Behavioral Ecology (2015), 26(6), 1528-1536

The study of personality has aroused much interest and has provided insight into the understanding of animal behavior. Nevertheless, the study of the ecological consequences of personality is a newer ... [more ▼]

The study of personality has aroused much interest and has provided insight into the understanding of animal behavior. Nevertheless, the study of the ecological consequences of personality is a newer field that could shed light on cases of alien species introductions. The goldfish (Carassius auratus) is frequently introduced worldwide and affects the abundance of newts, having an especially negative impact on an alternative phenotype, the paedomorph, which maintains larval traits at the adult stage, unlike the other phenotype, the metamorph, which has undergone metamorphosis. We experimentally assessed the impact of goldfish on the foraging behavior of both phenotypes of palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus). More particularly, we assessed fish personality by analyzing the foraging activity and the aggressiveness toward newts, and newt personality by analyzing individual difference in boldness. In the presence of fish, fewer newts foraged than in their absence, and paedomorphs were more affected than metamorphs. We found strong personality differences in fish and fewer newts foraged in the presence of a more aggressive fish. Newts differed in boldness, but fish aggressiveness remains a key factor to explain newt behavior. Studying behavioral interactions between native and alien species helps to understand the mechanisms of coexistence and exclusion and why different phenotypes might be affected differently by the same threat. To a great extent, not only the presence of fish alters the foraging opportunities of newts but also the personality of the invader; integrating personality patterns of invaders is therefore a key to understanding the ecological consequences of alien species introduction. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall RNA deep sequencing identifies viral microRNAs during malignant catarrhal fever induced by alcelaphine herpesvirus 1
Sorel, Océane ULg; Tuddenham, Lee; Myster, Françoise ULg et al

in Journal of General Virology (The) (2015), 96(11), 3360-3372

Alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 (AlHV-1) is a c-herpesvirus (c-HV) carried asymptomatically by wildebeest. Upon cross-species transmission, AlHV-1 induces a fatal lymphoproliferative disease named malignant ... [more ▼]

Alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 (AlHV-1) is a c-herpesvirus (c-HV) carried asymptomatically by wildebeest. Upon cross-species transmission, AlHV-1 induces a fatal lymphoproliferative disease named malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) in many ruminants, including cattle, and the rabbit model. Latency has been shown to be essential for MCF induction. However, the mechanisms causing the activation and proliferation of infected CD8+T cells are unknown. Many c-HVs express microRNAs (miRNAs). These small non-coding RNAs can regulate expression of host or viral target genes involved in various pathways and are thought to facilitate viral infection and/or mediate activation and proliferation of infected lymphocytes. The AlHV-1 genome has been predicted to encode a large number of miRNAs. However, their precise contribution in viral infection and pathogenesis in vivo remains unknown. Here, using cloning and sequencing of small RNAs we identified 36 potential miRNAs expressed in a lymphoblastoid cell line propagated from a calf infected with AlHV-1 and developing MCF. Among the sequenced candidate miRNAs, 32 were expressed on the reverse strand of the genome in two main clusters. The expression of these 32 viral miRNAs was further validated using Northern blot and quantitative reverse transcription PCR in lymphoid organs of MCF- developing calves or rabbits. To determine the concerted contribution in MCF of 28 viral miRNAs clustered in the non-protein-coding region of the AlHV-1 genome, a recombinant virus was produced. The absence of these 28 miRNAs did not affect viral growth in vitro or MCF induction in rabbits, indicating that the AlHV-1 miRNAs clustered in this non-protein-coding genomic region are dispensable for MCF induction. [less ▲]

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See detailModernisation des institutions judiciaires belges: vers un management de type 2.0
Schoenaers, Frédéric ULg

in Cahiers de la Sécurité (2015), 32

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See detailLire entre les actes. Le théâtre mis en pièces par le récit d’anticipation
Stienon, Valérie ULg

in Tropics (2015), 2

Si les histoires de la littérature française font généralement peu de cas du roman d’anticipation, rendu invisible aux sélections de la postérité par la variété de ses désignations génériques, l’hybridité ... [more ▼]

Si les histoires de la littérature française font généralement peu de cas du roman d’anticipation, rendu invisible aux sélections de la postérité par la variété de ses désignations génériques, l’hybridité de ses formes et les discontinuités de son, ce dernier, en revanche, semble avoir des choses à dire au sujet de la littérature. Encore faut-il préciser de quel théâtre il est question dans ces anticipations, et dans quelle mesure il est possible de lire l’inscription d’un genre à travers la poétique d’un autre. Les thématisations du théâtre sont passibles d’une caractérisation multiforme impliquant des données d’ordre poétique, contextuel et historique. Plus qu’une définition de cette référence, la lecture transversale et diachronique de 1860 à 1930 qui suit entend formuler une interrogation sur les modalités de son traitement. Le théâtre participe-t-il, comme la poésie et le roman, et au même titre qu’eux, de la décadence anticipée des Lettres, signe d’un déclin général dont il prendrait acte à sa mesure ? Un genre ou un registre (drame, comédie, tragédie, boulevard, music-hall, vaudeville, opérette, etc.) est-il mis en évidence, ou ceux-ci sont-ils plutôt indifférenciés, voire présentés comme équivalents ? Ces considérations révèlent-elles une hybridation ou une remise en question des classements micro- et macro-génériques ? [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts of underwater noise on marine vertebrates: Project introduction and first results
Liebschner, Alexander; Seibel, Henrike; Teilmann, Jonas et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (2015), 875

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See detailPosttraumatisches Puppen-Syndrom. Gedanken zu Jean Michel d'Hoops Inszenierung "Borgia. Comédie contemporaine"
Wunsch-Viehöver, Vera ULg

in Das Andere Theater (2015), 88

compte-rendu sur "Borgia. Comédie contemporaine" de Thomas Gunzig, mise en scène par Jean-Michel d'Hoop, cie. Point Zéro

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See detailThe genome of a tortoise herpesvirus (testudinid herpesvirus 3) has a novel structure and contains a large region that is not required for replication in vitro or virulence in vivo.
Gandar, Frederic ULg; Wilkie, Gavin S.; Gatherer, Derek et al

in Journal of Virology (2015), 89(22), 11438-11456

Testudinid herpesvirus 3 (TeHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease affecting several tortoise species. The threat that this virus poses to endangered animals is focusing efforts on ... [more ▼]

Testudinid herpesvirus 3 (TeHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease affecting several tortoise species. The threat that this virus poses to endangered animals is focusing efforts on characterizing its properties, in order to enable the development of prophylactic methods. We have sequenced the genomes of the two most studied TeHV-3 strains (1976 and 4295). TeHV-3 strain 1976 has a novel genome structure and is most closely related to a turtle herpesvirus, thus supporting its classification into genus Scutavirus, subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae, family Herpesviridae. The sequence of strain 1976 also revealed viral counterparts of cellular interleukin-10 and semaphorin, which have not been described previously in members of subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae. TeHV-3 strain 4295 is a mixture of three forms (m1, m2, and M), in which, in comparison to strain 1976, the genomes exhibit large, partially overlapping deletions of 12.5 to 22.4 kb. Viral subclones representing these forms were isolated by limiting dilution assays, and each replicated in cell culture comparably to strain 1976. With the goal of testing the potential of the three forms as attenuated vaccine candidates, strain 4295 was inoculated intranasally into Hermann's tortoises (Testudo hermanni). All inoculated subjects died, and PCR analyses demonstrated the ability of the m2 and M forms to spread and invade the brain. In contrast, the m1 form was detected in none of the organs tested, suggesting its potential as the basis of an attenuated vaccine candidate. Our findings represent a major step toward characterizing TeHV-3 and developing prophylactic methods against it. [less ▲]

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See detailSI: Binominal Syntagms
Brems, Lieselotte ULg; De Clerck, Bernard; Verveckken, Katrien

in Language Sciences (2015)

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See detailTentative insight into the multiplicity of the persistent dust maker WR 106 from X-ray observations
De Becker, Michaël ULg

in New Astronomy (2015), 41

This paper presents the results of the analysis of the very first dedicated X-ray observation with XMM-Newton of WR 106. This carbon-rich WC9d Wolf–Rayet star belongs to the category of persistent dust ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the results of the analysis of the very first dedicated X-ray observation with XMM-Newton of WR 106. This carbon-rich WC9d Wolf–Rayet star belongs to the category of persistent dust makers (WCd stars). The issue of the multiplicity of these dust makers is pivotal to understand the dust formation process, and in this context X-ray observations may allow to reveal an X-ray emission attributable to colliding-winds in a binary system. The main result of this analysis is the lack of detection of X-rays coming from WR 106. Upper limits on the X-ray flux are estimated, but the derived numbers are not sufficient to provide compelling constraints on the existence or not of a colliding-wind region. Detailed inspection of archive data bases reveals that persistent dust makers have been poorly investigated by the most sensitive X-ray observatories. Certainly, the combination of several approaches to indirectly constrain their multiplicity should be applied to lift a part of the veil on the nature of these persistent dust makers. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal optimization of the production and the distribution system for typical European HVAC systems
Randaxhe, François ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Lebrun, Jean ULg

in Energy Procedia (2015), 78

European countries have agreed on a new 2030 Framework with a 30% improvement in energy efficiency compared to projection and a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels. With an ... [more ▼]

European countries have agreed on a new 2030 Framework with a 30% improvement in energy efficiency compared to projection and a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels. With an estimated 11% of all the electrical energy used in Europe consumed by HVAC systems, the improvement of their efficiency is a key element to reach these targets. When looking at the energy flow in typical European HVAC systems, one can observe important degradation in efficiency associated to heating and cooling energy transportation systems together with a non-optimal use of the production plant. These inefficiencies are direct consequences of the system design with, quite often, a lack of consideration of the system part load or its off-design operation. This research attempts to identify the sensitivity of both cooling and heating HVAC systems to these conditions and to propose an approach to optimize the design and the operation of HVAC systems integrated in buildings considering trade-off between primary systems efficiency, distribution losses and auxiliaries consumption. [less ▲]

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See detailLa médecine de demain: science-fiction ou science-réalité ?
COUCKE, Philippe ULg

in Onco : Revue Multidisciplinaire d'Oncologie (2015), 9(6), 3-4

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See detailBelgian Wildlife as Potential Zoonotic Reservoir of Hepatitis E virus
Thiry, Damien ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (2015)

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See detailAllelic variation contributes to bacterial host specificity
Yue, Min; Han, Xiangan; De Masi, Leon et al

in Nature Communications (2015)

Understanding the molecular parameters that regulate cross-species transmission and host adaptation of potential pathogens is crucial to control emerging infectious disease. Although microbial pathotype ... [more ▼]

Understanding the molecular parameters that regulate cross-species transmission and host adaptation of potential pathogens is crucial to control emerging infectious disease. Although microbial pathotype diversity is conventionally associated with gene gain or loss, the role of pathoadaptive nonsynonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) has not been systematically evaluated. Here, our genome-wide analysis of core genes within Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium genomes reveals a high degree of allelic variation in surface-exposed molecules, including adhesins that promote host colonization. Subsequent multinomial logistic regression, MultiPhen and Random Forest analyses of known/suspected adhesins from 580 independent Typhimurium isolates identifies distinct host-specific nsSNP signatures. Moreover, population and functional analyses of host-associated nsSNPs for FimH, the type 1 fimbrial adhesin, highlights the role of key allelic residues in host-specific adherence in vitro. Together, our data provide the first concrete evidence that functional differences between allelic variants of bacterial proteins likely contribute to pathoadaption to diverse hosts. [less ▲]

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See detailLyot-plane phase masks for improved high-contrast imaging with a vortex coronagraph
Ruane, Garreth J.; Huby, Elsa ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2015), 583

The vortex coronagraph is an optical instrument that precisely removes on-axis starlight allowing for high contrast imaging at small angular separation from the star, thereby providing a crucial ... [more ▼]

The vortex coronagraph is an optical instrument that precisely removes on-axis starlight allowing for high contrast imaging at small angular separation from the star, thereby providing a crucial capability for direct detection and characterization of exoplanets and circumstellar disks. Telescopes with aperture obstructions, such as secondary mirrors and spider support structures, require advanced coronagraph designs to provide adequate starlight suppression. We introduce a phase-only Lyot-plane optic to the vortex coronagraph that offers improved contrast performance on telescopes with complicated apertures. Potential solutions for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) are described and compared. Adding a Lyot-plane phase mask relocates residual starlight away from a region of the image plane thereby reducing stellar noise and improving sensitivity to off-axis companions. The phase mask is calculated using an iterative phase retrieval algorithm. Numerically, we achieve a contrast on the order of $10^{-6}$ for a companion with angular displacement as small as $4~\lambda/D$ with an E-ELT type aperture. Even in the presence of aberrations, improved performance is expected compared to either a conventional vortex coronagraph or optimized pupil plane phase element alone. [less ▲]

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See detailA prospective 4 year study of the objective and subjective outcomes of 15 patients after dynamic facial reanimation surgery.
ANDREWS, Peter J; RANDHAWA, Premjit S; JOSEPH, Jonathan et al

in Clinical Otolaryngology (2015)

Facial nerve palsy is a debilitating and life changing event which significantly affects quality of life. This prospective study evaluates outcomes in 15 patients undergoing dynamic facial reanimation ... [more ▼]

Facial nerve palsy is a debilitating and life changing event which significantly affects quality of life. This prospective study evaluates outcomes in 15 patients undergoing dynamic facial reanimation surgery using a modification of the minimally invasive temporalis tendon transposition technique (MIT3) coupled with either static reanimation techniques or synergistic inter-positional/facial-hypoglossal nerve reconstruction techniques. All patients demonstrated significant improvement both objectively and subjectively as measured by the SMILE system and FaCE scale respectively. The MIT3 technique can be used successfully for dynamic reanimation and allows for other techniques to be simultaneously tailored around it. It provides improved functional and quality of life outcomes in patients and affords low morbidity. [less ▲]

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See detailA PHEROMONE TRAP MONITORING SYSTEM FOR THE SADDLE GALL MIDGE, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser) (DIPTERA: CECIDOMYIIDAE)
Censier, Florence ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; SAN MARTIN Y GOMEZ, Gilles et al

in Crop Protection (2015), 80

Outbreaks of saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) have been reported in Belgium and other European countries since 2010. Because of the sporadic nature of this ... [more ▼]

Outbreaks of saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) have been reported in Belgium and other European countries since 2010. Because of the sporadic nature of this pest, which can sometimes be very harmful to cereal crops, an effective monitoring tool is required, both to determine the optimal timing for insecticide applications, and to understand the enigmatic population dynamics of this insect. Following the recent identification of the major sex pheromone component of the saddle gall midge, non-2-yl butanoate, a slow-release dispenser was developed using rubber septa. The release rates of 5 mg and 10 mg-loaded dispensers were initially measured under laboratory conditions, and their effectiveness in terms of pheromone loading and use duration was assessed in the field. The experiments showed that sticky traps baited with 5 mg pheromone-loaded rubber dispensers, renewed every 6 weeks, are suitable for accurately monitoring male H. marginata flights. [less ▲]

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See detailDivergent biophysical controls of aquatic CO2 and CH4 in the World’s two largest rivers
Borges, Alberto ULg; Abril, G; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

in Scientific Reports (2015), 5

Carbon emissions to the atmosphere from inland waters are globally significant and mainly occur at tropical latitudes. However, processes controlling the intensity of CO2 and CH4 emissions from tropical ... [more ▼]

Carbon emissions to the atmosphere from inland waters are globally significant and mainly occur at tropical latitudes. However, processes controlling the intensity of CO2 and CH4 emissions from tropical inland waters remain poorly understood. Here, we report a data-set of concurrent measurements of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) and dissolved CH4 concentrations in the Amazon (n = 136) and the Congo (n = 280) Rivers. The pCO2 values in the Amazon mainstem were significantly higher than in the Congo, contrasting with CH4 concentrations that were higher in the Congo than in the Amazon. Large-scale patterns in pCO2 across different lowland tropical basins can be apprehended with a relatively simple statistical model related to the extent of wetlands within the basin, showing that, in addition to non-flooded vegetation, wetlands also contribute to CO2 in river channels. On the other hand, dynamics of dissolved CH4 in river channels are less straightforward to predict, and are related to the way hydrology modulates the connectivity between wetlands and river channels. [less ▲]

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See detailLe nouveau régime de tax shelter pour la production audiovisuelle
Vandenbulke, Antoine ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2015)

Description of the new tax shelter scheme in Belgium for companies wishing to invest in the production of an audiovisual work (Article 194ter CIR/1992), set up by the Law of May 12, 2014.

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See detailLa Cour constitutionnelle à nouveau au secours des ouvriers
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2015), (35), 1685-1687

L'étude commente l'arrêt 116/2015 de la Cour constitutionnelle annulant l'article 70, §4, de la loi sur le statut unique ainsi que l'alinéa de l’article 97 de la même loi, prévoyant l’exclusion permanente ... [more ▼]

L'étude commente l'arrêt 116/2015 de la Cour constitutionnelle annulant l'article 70, §4, de la loi sur le statut unique ainsi que l'alinéa de l’article 97 de la même loi, prévoyant l’exclusion permanente des ouvriers visés (une bonne partie des ouvriers de la construction) du bénéfice du régime uniforme des délais de préavis et la privation du droit à l’indemnité en compensation du licenciement. Le résultat de l'arrêt est que, jusqu’au 31 décembre 2017, les différences de traitement au détriment de certaines catégories d’ouvriers sont maintenues. Après cette date, l’article 70, paragraphe 4, disparaît de l’ordre juridique. L’article 70 sera, dans sa totalité, sans objet puisque la période transitoire aura pris fin. Tous les travailleurs, qu’ils soient ouvriers ou employés, seront égaux en droit : soit les durées seront identiques, soit la différence sera compensée par une indemnité spécifique à charge de l’ONEm. [less ▲]

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See detailInterpreting canopy development and physiology using a European phenology camera network at flux sites
Wingate, L.; Ogée, J.; Cremonese, E. et al

in Biogeosciences (2015), 12(10), 5995-6015

Plant phenological development is orchestrated through subtle changes in photoperiod, temperature, soil moisture and nutrient availability. Presently, the exact timing of plant development stages and ... [more ▼]

Plant phenological development is orchestrated through subtle changes in photoperiod, temperature, soil moisture and nutrient availability. Presently, the exact timing of plant development stages and their response to climate and management practices are crudely represented in land surface models. As visual observations of phenology are laborious, there is a need to supplement long-term observations with automated techniques such as those provided by digital repeat photography at high temporal and spatial resolution. We present the first synthesis from a growing observational network of digital cameras installed on towers across Europe above deciduous and evergreen forests, grasslands and croplands, where vegetation and atmosphere CO2 fluxes are measured continuously. Using colour indices from digital images and using piecewise regression analysis of time series, we explored whether key changes in canopy phenology could be detected automatically across different land use types in the network. The piecewise regression approach could capture the start and end of the growing season, in addition to identifying striking changes in colour signals caused by flowering and management practices such as mowing. Exploring the dates of green-up and senescence of deciduous forests extracted by the piecewise regression approach against dates estimated from visual observations, we found that these phenological events could be detected adequately (RMSE < 8 and 11 days for leaf out and leaf fall, respectively). We also investigated whether the seasonal patterns of red, green and blue colour fractions derived from digital images could be modelled mechanistically using the PROSAIL model parameterised with information of seasonal changes in canopy leaf area and leaf chlorophyll and carotenoid concentrations. From a model sensitivity analysis we found that variations in colour fractions, and in particular the late spring `green hump' observed repeatedly in deciduous broadleaf canopies across the network, are essentially dominated by changes in the respective pigment concentrations. Using the model we were able to explain why this spring maximum in green signal is often observed out of phase with the maximum period of canopy photosynthesis in ecosystems across Europe. Coupling such quasi-continuous digital records of canopy colours with co-located CO2 flux measurements will improve our understanding of how changes in growing season length are likely to shape the capacity of European ecosystems to sequester CO2 in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailFistula plug in fistulising ano-perineal Crohn's disease: a randomised controlled trial
Senéjoux, A.; Siproudhis, L.; Abramowitz, L. et al

in Journal of Crohn's and Colitis [=JCC] (2015)

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See detailCoupling and electrical control of structural, orbital and magnetic orders in perovskites
Varignon, Julien ULg; Bristowe, Nicholas ULg; Bousquet, Eric ULg et al

in Scientific Reports (2015), 5

Perovskite oxides are already widely used in industry and have huge potential for novel device applications thanks to the rich physical behaviour displayed in these materials. The key to the functional ... [more ▼]

Perovskite oxides are already widely used in industry and have huge potential for novel device applications thanks to the rich physical behaviour displayed in these materials. The key to the functional electronic properties exhibited by perovskites is often the so-called Jahn-Teller distortion. For applications, an electrical control of the Jahn-Teller distortions, which is so far out of reach, would therefore be highly desirable. Based on universal symmetry arguments, we determine new lattice mode couplings that can provide exactly this paradigm, and exemplify the effect from firstprinciples calculations. The proposed mechanism is completely general, however for illustrative purposes, we demonstrate the concept on vanadium based perovskites where we reveal an unprecedented orbital ordering and Jahn-Teller induced ferroelectricity. Thanks to the intimate coupling between Jahn-Teller distortions and electronic degrees of freedom, the electric field control of Jahn-Teller distortions is of general relevance and may find broad interest in various functional devices. [less ▲]

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See detailValproic acid improves second-line regimen of small cell lung carcinoma in preclinical models
Hubaux, Roland; Vandermeers, Fabian; Cosse, Jean-Philippe et al

in European Respiratory Society (2015), 1(2), 00028

With 5-year survival rates below 5%, small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) has very poor prognosis and requires improved therapies. Despite an excellent overall response to first-line therapy, relapses are ... [more ▼]

With 5-year survival rates below 5%, small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) has very poor prognosis and requires improved therapies. Despite an excellent overall response to first-line therapy, relapses are frequent and further treatments are disappointing. The goal of the study was to improve secondline therapy of SCLC. The effect of chemotherapeutic agents was evaluated in cell lines (apoptosis, reactive oxygen species, and RNA and protein expression) and in mouse models (tumour development). We demonstrate here that valproic acid, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, improves the efficacy of a second-line regimen (vindesine, doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide) in SCLC cells and in mouse models. Transcriptomic profiling integrating microRNA and mRNA data identifies key signalling pathways in the response of SCLC cells to valproic acid, opening new prospects for improved therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailHydroxyethyl Starch 130/0.4 and the Risk of Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A Single-Center Retrospective Study.
LAGNY, Marc-Gilbert ULg; ROEDIGER, Laurence ULg; KOCH, Jean-Noël ULg et al

in Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia (2015)

Hydroxyethyl Starches (HES) have been shown to increase the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in intensive care unit patients suffering sepsis. Whether this risk also applies to patients undergoing ... [more ▼]

Hydroxyethyl Starches (HES) have been shown to increase the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in intensive care unit patients suffering sepsis. Whether this risk also applies to patients undergoing elective surgery remains unclear. We investigated whether HES is associated with acute kidney injury after on-pump cardiac surgery. Materials and Methods: Balanced HES 130/0.4 (Volulyte®, Fresenius Kabi AG, Bad Homburg, Germany) was used as a pump prime and for intraoperative fluid therapy until July 2013 and has been entirely replaced by a balanced crystalloid solution (Plasmalyte®, Baxter, Lessines, Belgium) from August 2013. Data from 697 adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery between April 2013 and June 2014 were reviewed. HES patients were propensity-matched on previously published risk factors for AKI after cardiac surgery to patients treated with crystalloids. Postoperative AKI was defined as the primary outcome and assessed using the Acute Kidney Injury Network classification. A conditional logistic regression was used to investigate the association between the use of HES and postoperative AKI. Secondary outcomes included renal function at postoperative day 7, 30-day mortality, lengths of ICU and hospital stays and the incidence of postoperative respiratory complications. Results and Discussion: One hundred and thirty HES patients were successfully matched with 130 crystalloids patients. HES was significantly associated with postoperative AKI (odds ratio=2.4; 95 % CI= 1.2-4.8; P=0.02). No significant association was found between HES and any of the secondary outcomes. Conclusion: This study suggests that using balanced HES 130/0.4 as a pump prime and for intraoperative fluid therapy in adult patients undergoing on-pump cardiac surgery is associated with a higher incidence of AKI during the early postoperative period. [less ▲]

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See detailVAC chemotherapy with valproic acid for refractory/relapsing small cell lung cancer: a phase II study
Berghmans, Thierry; Lafitte, Jean-Jacques; Scherpereel, Arnaud et al

in European Respiratory Society Open Research (2015), 1(2),

Salvage chemotherapy (CT) for relapsing or refractory small cell lung cancer (SCLC) remains disappointing. In vitro experiments showed that valproic acid increases apoptosis of SCLC cell lines exposed to ... [more ▼]

Salvage chemotherapy (CT) for relapsing or refractory small cell lung cancer (SCLC) remains disappointing. In vitro experiments showed that valproic acid increases apoptosis of SCLC cell lines exposed to doxorubicin, vindesine and bis(2-chloroethyl)amine. The primary objective of this phase II study was to determine whether epigenetic modulation with valproic acid in addition to a doxorubicin, vindesine and cyclophosphamide (VAC) regimen improves 6-month progression-free survival (PFS). Patients with pathologically proven SCLC refractory to prior platinum derivatives and etoposide were eligible. After central registration, patients received VAC plus daily oral valproic acid. 64 patients were registered, of whom six were ineligible. Seven patients did not receive any CT, leaving 51 patients assessable for the primary end-point. The objective response rate was 19.6%. Median PFS was 2.8 months (95% CI 2.5–3.6 months) and 6-month PFS was 6%. Median survival time was 5.9 months (95% CI 4.7–7.5 months). Toxicity was mainly haematological, with 88% and 26% grade 3–4 neutropenia and thrombopenia, respectively. Despite an interesting response rate, the addition of valproic acid to VAC did not translate into adequate PFS in relapsing SCLC or SCLC refractory to platinum–etoposide. [less ▲]

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See detailApplying participatory approaches in the evaluation of surveillance systems: A pilot study on African swine fever surveillance in Corsica.
Calba, Clémentine; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Charrier, François et al

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2015)

The implementation of regular and relevant evaluations of surveillance systems is critical in improving their effectiveness and their relevance whilst limiting their cost. The complex nature of these ... [more ▼]

The implementation of regular and relevant evaluations of surveillance systems is critical in improving their effectiveness and their relevance whilst limiting their cost. The complex nature of these systems and the variable contexts in which they are implemented call for the development of flexible evaluation tools. Within this scope, participatory tools have been developed and implemented for the African swine fever (ASF) surveillance system in Corsica (France). The objectives of this pilot study were, firstly, to assess the applicability of participatory approaches within a developed environment involving various stakeholders and, secondly, to define and test methods developed to assess evaluation attributes. Two evaluation attributes were targeted: the acceptability of the surveillance system and its the non-monetary benefits. Individual semi-structured interviews and focus groups were implemented with representatives from every level of the system. Diagramming and scoring tools were used to assess the different elements that compose the definition of acceptability. A contingent valuation method, associated with proportional piling, was used to assess the non-monetary benefits, i.e., the value of sanitary information. Sixteen stakeholders were involved in the process, through 3 focus groups and 8 individual semi-structured interviews. Stakeholders were selected according to their role in the system and to their availability. Results highlighted a moderate acceptability of the system for farmers and hunters and a high acceptability for other representatives (e.g., private veterinarians, local laboratories). Out of the 5 farmers involved in assessing the non-monetary benefits, 3 were interested in sanitary information on ASF. The data collected via participatory approaches enable relevant recommendations to be made, based on the Corsican context, to improve the current surveillance system. [less ▲]

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