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See detailAnticoherence measures for pure spin states
Baguette, Dorian ULiege; Martin, John ULiege

in Physical Review A (2017), 96

The set of pure spin states with vanishing spin expectation value can be regarded as the set of the less coherent pure spin states. This set can be divided into a finite number of nested subsets on the ... [more ▼]

The set of pure spin states with vanishing spin expectation value can be regarded as the set of the less coherent pure spin states. This set can be divided into a finite number of nested subsets on the basis of higher order moments of the spin operators. This subdivision relies on the notion of anticoherent spin state to order t : A spin state is said to be anticoherent to order t if the moment of order k of the spin components along any directions are equal for k = 1,2, . . . ,t . Most spin states are neither coherent nor anticoherent, but can be arbitrary close to one or the other. In or- der to quantify the degree of anticoherence of pure spin states, we introduce the notion of anticoherence measures. By relying on the mapping between spin-j states and symmetric states of 2j spin 1/2 (Majorana representation), we present a systematic way of constructing anticoherence measures to any order. We briefly discuss their connection with measures of quantum coherence. Finally, we illustrate our measures on various spin states and use them to investigate the problem of the existence of anticoherent spin states with degenerated Majorana points. [less ▲]

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See detailLe service minimum à l'aune de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme : interdiction, possibilité ou obligation pour le législateur belge?
Bouhon, Frédéric ULiege; Vandenbosch, Sofia ULiege

in Revue de Droit Social = Tijdschrift voor Sociaal Recht (2017), 3(2017), 585-612

The implementation of minimum service, which aims at guaranteeing continuity of some activities despite a strike, constitutes an interference with the right to strike. Considered under article 11 of the ... [more ▼]

The implementation of minimum service, which aims at guaranteeing continuity of some activities despite a strike, constitutes an interference with the right to strike. Considered under article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, this implementation appears to be, depending on the situation, either a legally forbidden measure, or an option open to the authorities or an adequate mean to fulfil a positive obligation. This legal context circumscribes the margin of appreciation of the Belgian legislator in this field. [less ▲]

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See detailStructures fédérale et régionale et procédures référendaires
Miny, Xavier ULiege

in Annuaire International de Justice Constitutionnelle (2017), XXXII

Notre propos vise à étudier les interactions entre le fédéralisme et les mécanismes de démocratie directe. En effet, au sein d'une structure fédérale ou régionale, il existe une complexification de la ... [more ▼]

Notre propos vise à étudier les interactions entre le fédéralisme et les mécanismes de démocratie directe. En effet, au sein d'une structure fédérale ou régionale, il existe une complexification de la mise en œuvre des mécanismes référendaires. Dans un contexte parfois multinational, il est inapproprié de rechercher la volonté populaire au moyen d’une simple approche majoritaire qui ne renseigne pas suffisamment sur l’existence des différentes communautés sociales et politiques au sein de l'État. L'objectif de la recherche est d'analyser, par le biais du droit comparé, les adaptations qui existent dans certains États. [less ▲]

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See detailTraumatologie des sports olympiques de ballon en salle. Partie 2 : le handball
Kaux, Jean-François ULiege; Roberjot, Mathieu; DELVAUX, François ULiege et al

in Journal de Traumatologie du Sport (2017)

Frequent often-rough contact between players explains why handball has one of the highest injury rates (mainly contusion) recorded at the LondonOlympic Games. Ankle injuries predominated. Head injuries ... [more ▼]

Frequent often-rough contact between players explains why handball has one of the highest injury rates (mainly contusion) recorded at the LondonOlympic Games. Ankle injuries predominated. Head injuries (commotion), shoulder injuries (dislocation and instability), and knee injuries (anteriorcruciate ligament tears) were also common. Wingmen are in constant activity both as attackers and defenders, making them the players with thehighest risk of injury. [less ▲]

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See detailNoël 2010 en Belgique : neige en Flandre et pluie en Haute-Ardenne
Fettweis, Xavier ULiege; Wyard, Coraline ULiege; Doutreloup, Sébastien ULiege et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2017), 68

On December 2010, several snow events allowed an exceptional snow cover over Belgium. 27 days with snow cover were observed at Uccle and snow depths of 20, 30 and 70 cm were measured on Christmas 2010 ... [more ▼]

On December 2010, several snow events allowed an exceptional snow cover over Belgium. 27 days with snow cover were observed at Uccle and snow depths of 20, 30 and 70 cm were measured on Christmas 2010 respectively at Uccle, Bierset and Mont Rigi in the Hautes-Fagnes. On December 20, while the entire Belgium was covered by a thick blanket of snow, warmer air invaded the country on December 21. This air was quickly replaced by polar air in Lower and Central Belgium (including Bierset). Heavy snowfalls were observed on December 22 and 23, except in the Upper Ardennes where rainfalls occurred under positive temperature which then dropped to -5°C. This event was due to a strong thermal inversion in the lower layers with warm air at 850 hPa above the Ardennes only. This paper aims to explain this atypical extreme event using the regional climate model MAR developed at the University of Liège [less ▲]

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See detailTraduction de l'article de Scott M. Bock : CLASSIE BALLOU "Classy" Swamp Blues
Sacré, Robert ULiege

in ABS Magazine (2017), (ABS MAG # 57),

Biographie de Classie Ballou, un musicien noir de Louisiane ; photos

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See detailWater chemical evolution in Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower plants and induced consequences
Pujades, Estanislao ULiege; Orban, Philippe ULiege; Jurado Elices, Anna ULiege et al

in Energy Procedia (2017), 125

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) is an alternative to manage the electricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs of which at least one is underground. For this ... [more ▼]

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) is an alternative to manage the electricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs of which at least one is underground. For this last reservoir, abandoned mines could be considered. UPSH related activities may induce hydrochemical variations, such as the increase of the oxygen (O2) partial pressure (pO2), which may entail negative consequences in terms of environment and efficiency, especially in coal mined areas where the presence of sulfide minerals is common. This work assesses the main expected environmental impacts that UPSH using abandoned coal mines may induce. [less ▲]

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See detailDeux décennies d’augmentation des prix immobiliers résidentiels en Wallonie (1995-2015)
Artige, Lionel ULiege; Reginster, Alexandre ULiege

in Dynamiques régionales (2017), 5(2), 9-22

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See detailVariability in elective day-surgery rates between Belgian hospitals - Analyses of administrative data explained by surgical experts
Leroy, Roos; Camberlin, Cécile; Lefevre, Mélanie ULiege et al

in International Journal of Surgery (London, England) (2017), 45

Background In the last decades, day surgery has steadily and significantly grown in many countries, yet the increase has been uneven. There are large variations in day-surgery activity between countries ... [more ▼]

Background In the last decades, day surgery has steadily and significantly grown in many countries, yet the increase has been uneven. There are large variations in day-surgery activity between countries, but also within countries between hospitals and surgeons. This paper explores the variability in day-care activity for elective surgical procedures between Belgian hospitals. Materials and methods The administrative hospital data of all patients formally admitted in a Belgian hospital for inpatient or day-surgery care between 2011 and 2013 were analysed and summarized in graphs. During 11 expert meetings with ad-hoc surgical expert groups the variability in day-surgery share between hospitals was discussed in depth. Results The variability in day-care share between Belgian hospitals is considerable. For 37 out of 486 elective surgical procedures, the variability ranged between 0 and 100%. High national day-care rates do not preclude room for improvement for certain hospitals as for the majority of these procedures there are “low performers”. According to the consulted clinical experts, the high variability in day-care share may for the greater part be explained by medical team related factors, customs and traditions, the lack of clinical guidelines, financial factors, organisational factors and patient related factors. Conclusion If a further expansion of day surgery is envisaged in Belgium the factors that contribute to the current variability in day-surgery rates between hospitals should be addressed. In addition, a feedback system in which hospitals and health care providers have the figures on their percentage of procedures carried out in day surgery compared to other hospitals and care providers (benchmarking) and the monitoring of a number of quality indicators (e.g. unplanned readmission, unplanned inpatient stay, emergency department visit) should be installed. [less ▲]

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See detailComputação paralela aplicada à seleção genômica via inferência Bayesiana
LAGROTTA, Marcos Rodrigues; FONSECA E SILVA, Fabyano; VILELA DE RESENDE, Marcos Deon et al

in REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE BIOMETRIA (2017), 35(3), 440-448

Em seleção genômica (SG), o grande número de marcadores moleculares utilizados, bem como a demanda computacional dos modelos bayesianos, fundamentados nos algoritmos Monte Carlo Via Cadeias de Markov, faz ... [more ▼]

Em seleção genômica (SG), o grande número de marcadores moleculares utilizados, bem como a demanda computacional dos modelos bayesianos, fundamentados nos algoritmos Monte Carlo Via Cadeias de Markov, faz com que as análises exijam semanas ou até meses de processamento. A computação paralela representa uma solução natural para este problema, visto que esta subdividi um algoritmo em várias tarefas independentes, as quais podem ser processadas em paralelo, reduzindo o tempo de processamento. Objetivou-se comparar a eficiência de processamento do método BayesCπ programado em paralelo com o seu algoritmo sequencial padrão. Duas estratégias de paralelização foram estudadas. A primeira envolveu a análise de múltiplas cadeias MCMC em paralelo, e a segunda referiu-se à paralelização de uma única cadeia MCMC. Utilizou-se a biblioteca MPI e o pacote OpenMPI associado ao compilador gfortran para execução em paralelo desses algoritmos. Foram utilizados dados simulados considerando 10.000 marcadores SNPs e 4.100 indivíduos. O algoritmo sequencial padrão foi processado em 77,29 horas. Ao usar múltiplas cadeias em paralelo o processamento foi 77% mais rápido (17,75hs), enquanto que a estratégia de paralelização de uma única cadeia apresentou um ganho de desempenho de 15% (65,37hs). Conclui-se que a computação paralela é eficiente e pode ser aplicada à SG. [less ▲]

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See detailGenuinely entangled symmetric states with no N-partite correlations
Designolle; Giraud, Olivier; Martin, John ULiege

in Physical Review A (2017), 96

We investigate genuinely entangled N-qubit states with no N-partite correlations in the case of symmetric states. Using a tensor representation for mixed symmetric states, we obtain a simple ... [more ▼]

We investigate genuinely entangled N-qubit states with no N-partite correlations in the case of symmetric states. Using a tensor representation for mixed symmetric states, we obtain a simple characterization of the absence of N-partite correlations. We show that symmetric states with no N-partite correlations cannot exist for an even number of qubits. We fully identify the set of genuinely entangled symmetric states with no N-partite correlations in the case of three qubits, and in the case of rank-2 states. We present a general procedure to construct families for an arbitrary odd number of qubits. [less ▲]

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See detailGéopolitique et géostratégie, quand théories et recommandations se confondent
Regnier, Cindy ULiege

in Revue de Droit (2017), 2

Au 19e siècle Mackinder définit une dichotomie entre land et sea powers. D’après l’auteur, ces deux entités sont destinées à s’opposer et entrer compétition pour le Heartland, zone de terre étendue et non ... [more ▼]

Au 19e siècle Mackinder définit une dichotomie entre land et sea powers. D’après l’auteur, ces deux entités sont destinées à s’opposer et entrer compétition pour le Heartland, zone de terre étendue et non accessible par la mer. Ce Heartland, situé sur une grande partie du territoire russe et s’étendant en Asie centrale, est actuellement toujours au cœur des tensions entre les grandes puissances. Ainsi des théoriciens tant américains que russes vont reprendre les théories de Mackinder pour analyser mais aussi conseiller la politique étrangère de leurs États. Dès lors, ces auteurs vont appuyer l’importance pour leurs États de maintenir ou reprendre l’hégémonie sur le Heartland. Cet article se penche donc sur l’utilisation, par des académiques contemporains, de la théorie de Mackinder et les recommandations qui en découlent. Nous argumentons que ces recommandations inciteraient les États à émettre des actions qui confirmeraient de facto la théorie et conduiraient dès lors à une escalade de tension entre les États. [less ▲]

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See detailConsidering Rich Spatiotemporal Relationships in Cultural Heritage Information Management
Hallot, Pierre ULiege

in Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography (2017)

This paper describes the use of rich spatiotemporal relationships in cultural heritage information modelling in order to increase the information organization and extraction. The idea is to tailor the ... [more ▼]

This paper describes the use of rich spatiotemporal relationships in cultural heritage information modelling in order to increase the information organization and extraction. The idea is to tailor the spatiotemporal state of identity model, i.e. a model based on spatiotemporal identity that takes into account relationships between non-existing and non-presents objects, to the management cultural heritage information. In doing so, we propose an enhancement of the knowledge representation for cultural heritage. [less ▲]

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See detailLa normalisation européenne après l’arrêt James Elliott Construction du 27 octobre 2016 : la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne a-t-elle élargi ses compétences d’interprétation ?
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULiege; Demoulin, Iris ULiege

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (2017), (2),

Malgré son importance pratique, le processus de normalisation européenne a jusqu’à présent été relativement épargné par la Cour de justice. Toutefois, dans son arrêt James Elliott Construction du 27 ... [more ▼]

Malgré son importance pratique, le processus de normalisation européenne a jusqu’à présent été relativement épargné par la Cour de justice. Toutefois, dans son arrêt James Elliott Construction du 27 octobre 2016, la Cour s’est penchée directement sur le statut juridique des normes techniques européennes. Confirmant que l’interprétation des normes techniques harmonisées, actes non contraignantes, peut être soumise à un examen jurisprudentiel, la Cour a assimilé ces normes adoptées par des organismes privés à des actes des institutions de l’Union européenne. Cet article analyse les impacts de cet arrêt sur le cadre institutionnel de la normalisation européenne. Une telle analyse permettra de conclure que la Cour a interprété ses compétences d’interprétation extensivement afin de rendre possible plus directe son implication dans cette matière. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of rock fragments on hydraulic properties of Ultisols in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand
Khetdan, Channarong; Chittamart, Natthapol; Tawornpruek, Saowanuch et al

in Geoderma Regional (2017), 10

In Thailand, stony soils are mainly located in hillside areas. Even though they have physical limitations for agricultural use and they are exposed to a risk for soil erosion, they continue to be used for ... [more ▼]

In Thailand, stony soils are mainly located in hillside areas. Even though they have physical limitations for agricultural use and they are exposed to a risk for soil erosion, they continue to be used for crop production. A good understanding of the hydraulic characteristics of soils containing an important fraction of rock fragments is crucial for soil and water management in these areas. The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of different rock fragment contents on effective hydraulic properties of skeletal soil with a clay content lower than 35% using measurements of the water retention curve and the hydraulic conductivity. A tension infiltrometer was used to determine the field hydraulic conductivity at four pressure heads (h) of 0, − 30, − 60 and − 120 mm. Soil water retention was determined on a pressure plate between − 33 and − 1500 kPa. Finally, the Hydrus-1D was used to predict soil moisture dynamics using the obtained effective hydraulic parameters. The results show a decreasing water retention capacity with increasing rock fragment content. The saturated hydraulic conductivity decreased with increasing stone contents from 0 to 20%, but then increased for increasing stone content. Contradicting behavior can be observed using field and lab measurements, clearly exposing the need for a better understanding of the functioning of stony soils. [less ▲]

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See detailHammerstein kernels identification by means of a sine sweep technique applied to nonlinear audio devices emulation
Schmitz, Thomas ULiege; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULiege

in Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (2017), 65(9), 696-710

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See detailSex and gender in family business succession research: A review and forward agenda from a social construction perspective
Nelson, Teresa; Constantinidis, Christina ULiege

in Family Business Review (2017), 30(3), 219-241

This article focuses on how family business succession research has engaged and may be further enriched by application of a gender lens as socially constructed. We analyze the succession literature ... [more ▼]

This article focuses on how family business succession research has engaged and may be further enriched by application of a gender lens as socially constructed. We analyze the succession literature developing a gender terms vocabulary and five themes of historical engagement. Finding a lack of theoretical grounding, we apply the construct of gender, through expectation states theory, revising the Sharma and Irving model of successor commitment to examine how a socially constructed view of gender shifts and opens up points of view. We then present a forward looking agenda to motivate future scholarship. [less ▲]

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See detailNew computational method of the ball/race contacts transverse loads of high speed ball bearings without race control hypothesis
Servais, Christophe ULiege; Bozet, Jean-Luc ULiege

in Tribology International (2017), 113

Some hypotheses are still necessary in order to access the ball bearing Newtonian equilibrium with quasi-static methods. Among these hypotheses are the values of the transverse loads within ball/race ... [more ▼]

Some hypotheses are still necessary in order to access the ball bearing Newtonian equilibrium with quasi-static methods. Among these hypotheses are the values of the transverse loads within ball/race contacts. Those loads are due to the gyroscopic torques. Nowadays, the transverse loads are estimated without any equilibrium criterion by the specialized literature. Moreover, the race control assumption is often employed in addition to the hypotheses made about the transverse loads. The paper describes a new method to compute the transverse loads without using the race control assumption. Then, a correlation between the ball bearing kinematics and the transverse loads is established. It leads to an accurate and efficient computational method to access the Newtonian equilibrium of high speed ball bearings. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance correlations for characterizing the optimal off-design operation of an ORC power system
Dickes, Rémi ULiege; Dumont, Olivier ULiege; Quoilin, Sylvain ULiege et al

in Energy Procedia (2017), 129

The goal of this work is to develop a set of simple correlations in order to characterize the optimal off-design performance of an ORC power system. To this end, a 2kWe ORC test rig is investigated as ... [more ▼]

The goal of this work is to develop a set of simple correlations in order to characterize the optimal off-design performance of an ORC power system. To this end, a 2kWe ORC test rig is investigated as case study and a validated off-design model is used to assess the highest net power generation achievable by the system over its complete range of operating conditions. The off-design model employed is charge-sensitive (i.e. it imposes the total mass of refrigerant in the system) which permits to predict the ORC state (i.e. its pressures, temperatures, mass flow rates, subcooling, etc.) based on the system boundary conditions only. Since such modelling approach and optimization process are time-consuming, a set of simple analytical equations is developed so as to easily predict the optimal performance of the ORC systems. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling structures in fire with SAFIR®: Theoretical background and capabilities
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULiege; Gernay, Thomas ULiege

in Journal of Structural Fire Engineering (2017), 8(3), 300-323

Purpose: This paper describes the theoretical background and main hypotheses at the basis of SAFIR®, a nonlinear finite element software for modeling structures in fire. The paper also explains how to use ... [more ▼]

Purpose: This paper describes the theoretical background and main hypotheses at the basis of SAFIR®, a nonlinear finite element software for modeling structures in fire. The paper also explains how to use the software at its full extent. The discussed numerical modeling principles can be applied with other similar software. Approach: Following a general overview of the organization of the software, the thermal analysis part is explained, with the basic equations and the different possibilities to apply thermal boundary conditions (compartment fire, localized fire, etc.). Next, the mechanical analysis part is detailed, including the time integration procedures and the different types of finite elements: beam, truss, shell, spring and solid. Finally, the material laws are described. The software capabilities and limitations are discussed throughout the paper. Findings: By accommodating multiple types of finite elements and materials, by allowing the user to consider virtually any section type and to input the fire attack in multiple forms, the software SAFIR® is a comprehensive tool for investigating the behavior of structures in the fire situation. Meanwhile, being developed exclusively for its well-defined field of application, it remains relatively easy to use. Value: The paper will improve the knowledge of readers (researchers, designers and authorities) about numerical modeling used in structural fire engineering in general and the capabilities of a particular software largely used in the fire engineering community. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly Detection of University Students with Potential Difficulties
Hoffait, Anne-Sophie ULiege; Schyns, Michael ULiege

in Decision Support Systems (2017), 101

Using data mining methods, this paper presents a new means of identifying freshmen's profiles likely to face major difficulties to complete their first academic year. Academic failure is a relevant issue ... [more ▼]

Using data mining methods, this paper presents a new means of identifying freshmen's profiles likely to face major difficulties to complete their first academic year. Academic failure is a relevant issue at a time when post-secondary education is ever more critical to economic success. We aim at early detection of potential failure using student data available at registration, i.e. school records and environmental factors, with a view to timely and efficient remediation and/or study reorientation. We adapt three data mining methods, namely random forest, logistic regression and artificial neural network algorithms. We design algorithms to increase the accuracy of the prediction when some classes are of major interest. These algorithms are context independent and can be used in different fields. Real data pertaining to undergraduates at the University of Liège (Belgium), illustrates our methodology. [less ▲]

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See detailTranslation and validation of the VISA-P questionnaire for French-speaking patients
Kaux, Jean-François ULiege; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULiege; Bruyère, Olivier ULiege

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2017), 5(supplement 1), 63

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See detailSunlight irradiance and habituation of visual evoked potentials in migraine: The environment makes its mark
Lisicki Martinez, Marco ULiege; D'Ostilio, Kevin; Erpicum, Michel ULiege et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2017)

Background Migraine is a complex multifactorial disease that arises from the interaction between a genetic predisposition and an enabling environment. Habituation is considered as a fundamental adaptive ... [more ▼]

Background Migraine is a complex multifactorial disease that arises from the interaction between a genetic predisposition and an enabling environment. Habituation is considered as a fundamental adaptive behaviour of the nervous system that is often impaired in migraine populations. Given that migraineurs are hypersensitive to light, and that light deprivation is able to induce functional changes in the visual cortex recognizable through visual evoked potentials habituation testing, we hypothesized that regional sunlight irradiance levels could influence the results of visual evoked potentials habituation studies performed in different locations worldwide. Methods We searched the literature for visual evoked potentials habituation studies comparing healthy volunteers and episodic migraine patients and correlated their results with levels of local solar radiation. Results After reviewing the literature, 26 studies involving 1291 participants matched our inclusion criteria. Deficient visual evoked potentials habituation in episodic migraine patients was reported in 19 studies. Mean yearly sunlight irradiance was significantly higher in locations of studies reporting deficient habituation. Correlation analyses suggested that visual evoked potentials habituation decreases with increasing sunlight irradiance in migraine without aura patients. Conclusion Results from this hypothesis generating analysis suggest that variations in sunlight irradiance may induce adaptive modifications in visual processing systems that could be reflected in visual evoked potentials habituation, and thus partially account for the difference in results between studies performed in geographically distant centers. Other causal factors such as genetic differences could also play a role, and therefore well-designed prospective trials are warranted. [less ▲]

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See detailEnjeux de la notion de genre en sémiotique
Badir, Sémir ULiege

in Semiotica (2017)

What is a genre? Applied to the textual domain, this question has received a descriptive answer in language studies. Genres would thus be dis- tinguished from one another through formal (syntactic and ... [more ▼]

What is a genre? Applied to the textual domain, this question has received a descriptive answer in language studies. Genres would thus be dis- tinguished from one another through formal (syntactic and lexical) traits and specific enunciative markers, as well as through the specificities of punctuation on the layout. Such response presupposes a global model where genres assem- ble texts (that actually undergo analysis) and are in turn integrated into dis- course. I question this model in the name of empiricism: genres, as governed by usage, do not allow for such integration. Genres are heterogeneous by nature and their description cannot be rigid. The reason is that genres are a product of a certain type of interpretative practice of texts and, beyond texts, of all sorts of works. The aim of this study is to show how genre is the categorization that corresponds to a hermeneutics of appropriation and, in this sense, is reluctant to being disclosed through a formal description. Greimas seems never to have doubted this, since his semiotic project was precisely centered in the neutraliza- tion of generic categories. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluating Model Simulations of Twentieth-Century Sea Level Rise. Part 2: Regional Sea-Level Changes
Meyssignac, B.; Slangen, A.; Melet, A. et al

in Journal of Climate (2017), in press

Twentieth century regional sea-level changes are estimated from 12 climate models from the 5th phase of the Climate Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5). The output of the CMIP5 climate model simulations ... [more ▼]

Twentieth century regional sea-level changes are estimated from 12 climate models from the 5th phase of the Climate Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5). The output of the CMIP5 climate model simulations were used to calculate the global and regional sea-level changes associated with dynamic sea level, atmospheric loading, glacier mass changes and ice sheet surface mass balance contributions. The contribution from groundwater depletion, reservoir storage and dynamic ice sheet mass changes are estimated from observations as they are not simulated by climate models. All contributions are summed, including the GIA contribution, and compared to observational estimates from 27 tide gauge records over the twentieth century (1900-2015). We find a general agreement between the simulated sea level and tide gauge records in terms of inter-annual to multi-decadal variability over 1900-2015. But climate models tend to systematically underestimate the observed sea-level trends, particularly in the first half of the 20th century. The corrections based on attributable biases between observations and models that have been identified in the part-1-paper, result in an improved explanation of the spatial variability in observed sea-level trends by climate models. Climate models show that the spatial variability in sea-level trends observed by tide-gauge records is dominated by the GIA contribution and the steric contribution over 1900-2015. Climate models also show that it is important to include all contributions to sea-level changes as they cause significant local deviations; for example, the groundwater depletion around India which is responsible for the low 20th century sea-level rise in the region. [less ▲]

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See detailFusion-based Additive Manufacturing for Processing Aluminum Alloys: State-of-the-Art and Challenges
Mertens, Anne ULiege; Delahaye, Jocelyn ULiege; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULiege et al

in Advanced Engineering Materials (2017), 19(8), 1700003

Starting early 2015, the fusion-based additive manufacturing of Al alloys has been developing at an ever faster pace after undergoing a comparatively slow start with respect to other metallic materials ... [more ▼]

Starting early 2015, the fusion-based additive manufacturing of Al alloys has been developing at an ever faster pace after undergoing a comparatively slow start with respect to other metallic materials. This paper reviews the recent developments with the aim of identifying major challenges and opportunities for future work. Laser Beam Melting proves the most useful technique for the additive fabrication of Al components with strongly out-of-equilibrium microstructures and potentially enhanced mechanical behavior. Laser Cladding is also promising for specific applications such as repairs and coatings. However, a deeper understanding of the thermal history during fabrication is still needed to further optimize the microstructures and usage properties. The design of new high strength alloys and of Al-matrix composites, and the development of better adapted post-processing procedures to take greater advantage of the specificities of fusion-based additive techniques are two other important issues in view of reaching the full potential of additive Al components. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and theoretical investigation of SrFe12O19 nanopowder for permanent magnet application
Abraime, Brahim; Ait tamerd, Mohamed; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege et al

in Ceramics International (2017)

Strontium M-type hexagonal ferrites were synthesized at different calcination temperatures (800 °C, 1000 °C and 1100 °C) using sol-gel autocombustion method. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray ... [more ▼]

Strontium M-type hexagonal ferrites were synthesized at different calcination temperatures (800 °C, 1000 °C and 1100 °C) using sol-gel autocombustion method. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS) and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer (SQUID) techniques were used to characterize crystal structure, phase composition, morphology and magnetic properties. TGA gives T = 800 °C as beginning of suitable calcination. Hexaferrite structure of single phase is obtained according to XRD results for all samples with crystallite size between 28 nm and 35 nm. SEM images show the growth of grain size with increasing of annealing temperature. (BH)max is calculated based on SQUID results and shows an enhancement between T = 800 °C and T = 1000 °C of 25%. The magnetic properties observed at low temperature are explained and confirmed by ab-initio calculations [less ▲]

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See detailSplit-Band Interferometry-Assisted Phase Unwrapping for the Phase Ambiguities Correction
Libert, Ludivine ULiege; De Rauw, Dominique ULiege; d'Oreye, Nicolas et al

in Remote Sensing (2017), 9(9),

Split-Band Interferometry (SBInSAR) exploits the large range bandwidth of the new generation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors to process images at subrange bandwidth. Its application to an ... [more ▼]

Split-Band Interferometry (SBInSAR) exploits the large range bandwidth of the new generation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors to process images at subrange bandwidth. Its application to an interferometric pair leads to several lower resolution interferograms of the same scene with slightly shifted central frequencies. When SBInSAR is applied to frequency-persistent scatterers, the linear trend of the phase through the stack of interferograms can be used to perform absolute and spatially independent phase unwrapping. While the height computation has been the main concern of studies on SBInSAR so far, we propose instead to use it to assist conventional phase unwrapping. During phase unwrapping, phase ambiguities are introduced when parts of the interferogram are separately unwrapped. The proposed method reduces the phase ambiguities so that the phase can be connected between separately unwrapped regions. The approach is tested on a pair of TerraSAR-X spotlight images of Copahue volcano, Argentina. In this framework, we propose two new criteria for the frequency-persistent scatterers detection, based respectively on the standard deviation of the slope of the linear regression and on the phase variance stability, and we compare them to the multifrequency phase error. Both new criteria appear to be more suited to our approach than the multifrequency phase error. We validate the SBInSAR-assisted phase unwrapping method by artificially splitting a continuous phase region into disconnected subzones. Despite the decorrelation and the steep topography affecting the volcanic test region, the expected phase ambiguities are successfully recovered whatever the chosen criterion to detect the frequency-persistent scatterers. Comparing the aspect ratio of the distributions of the computed phase ambiguities, the analysis shows that the phase variance stability is the most efficient criterion to select stable targets and the slope standard deviation gives satisfactory results. [less ▲]

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See detailPreservation protocol for dimethylsulfoniopropionate and dimethylsulfoxide analysis in plant material of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica, and re-evaluation of dimethylsulfoniopropionate leaf content
Borges, Alberto ULiege; Champenois, Willy ULiege

in Aquatic Botany (2017), 143C

We tested three treatments to preserve Posidonia oceanica leaves for the analysis of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO): oven dried at 60 °C for 24 h, frozen at −20 °C, and ... [more ▼]

We tested three treatments to preserve Posidonia oceanica leaves for the analysis of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO): oven dried at 60 °C for 24 h, frozen at −20 °C, and frozen-in-ice and kept at −20 °C. The DMSP content was analyzed by proxy as dimethylsulfide (DMS) by gas chromatography after alkaline cleavage at room-temperature. The DMSP leaf content of P. oceanica in samples that were oven dried at 60 °C for 24 h, then stored at room temperature decreased by 87% over 80 days of storage and then remained stable for about 88 additional days compared to the control. The DMSO leaf content of P. oceanica in samples that were oven dried increased nine-fold after 198 days of storage following drying compared to the control. Both the DMSP and DMSO leaf content of P. oceanica remained stable for 198 days compared to the control with frozen and frozen-in-ice treatments, which we both recommend as adequate protocols to preserve P. oceanica tissues for DMS(P,O) analysis. The annual average DMSP leaf content of P. oceanica at 10 m in the Bay of Calvi (Corsica, France) was 205 ± 58 μmol g−1 (fresh weight) based on samples preserved frozen, two orders of magnitude higher than the value we previously reported based on samples that were oven dried. The newly determined DMSP leaf content allows ranking P. oceanica as the highest DMSP producer reported to date among marine and inter-tidal autotrophs. [less ▲]

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See detailNanofitin as a New Molecular-Imaging Agent for the Diagnosis of 2 Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Over-Expressing Tumors.
Goux, Marine; Becker, Guillaume ULiege; Gorré, Harmony et al

in Bioconjugate Chemistry (2017), 28(9), 2361-2371

Epidermal growth-factor receptor (EGFR) is involved in cell growth and proliferation and is over-expressed in malignant tissues. Although anti-EGFR-based immunotherapy became a standard of care for ... [more ▼]

Epidermal growth-factor receptor (EGFR) is involved in cell growth and proliferation and is over-expressed in malignant tissues. Although anti-EGFR-based immunotherapy became a standard of care for patients with EGFR-positive tumors, this strategy of addressing cancer tumors by targeting EGFR with monoclonal antibodies is less-developed for patient diagnostic and monitoring. Indeed, antibodies exhibit a slow blood clearance, which is detrimental for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. New molecular probes are proposed to overcome such limitations for patient monitoring, making use of low-molecular-weight protein scaffolds as alternatives to antibodies, such as Nanofitins with better pharmacokinetic profiles. Anti-EGFR Nanofitin B10 was reformatted by genetic engineering to exhibit a unique cysteine moiety at its C-terminus, which allows the development of a fast and site-specific radiolabeling procedure with 18F−4-fluorobenzamido-N-ethylamino-maleimide (18F−FBEM). The in vivo tumor targeting and imaging profile of the anti-EGFR Cys−B10 Nanofitin was investigated in a double-tumor xenograft model by static small-animal PET at 2 h after tail-vein injection of the radiolabeled Nanofitin 18F−FBEM−Cys−B10. The image showed that the EGFR- positive tumor (A431) is clearly delineated in comparison to the EGFR-negative tumor (H520) with a significant tumor-to-background contrast. 18F−FBEM−Cys−B10 demonstrated a significantly higher retention in A431 tumors than in H520 tumors at 2.5 h post-injection with a A431-to-H520 uptake ratio of 2.53 ± 0.18 and a tumor-to-blood ratio of 4.55 ± 0.63. This study provides the first report of Nanofitin scaffold used as a targeted PET radiotracer for in vivo imaging of EGFR-positive tumor, with the anti-EGFR B10 Nanofitin used as proof-of-concept. The fast generation of specific Nanofitins via a fully in vitro selection process, together with the excellent imaging features of the Nanofitin scaffold, could facilitate the development of valuable PET-based companion diagnostics. [less ▲]

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See detailCO2-sourced α-alkylidene cyclic carbonates: a Step forward in the quest for functional regioregular poly(urethane)s and poly(carbonate)s
Gennen, Sandro ULiege; Grignard, Bruno ULiege; Tassaing, Thierry et al

in Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2017), 56(35), 1039410398

We describe a robust platform for the synthesis of a large diversity of novel functional CO2 -sourced polymers by exploiting the regio-controlled and site selective ring-opening of α- alkylidene ... [more ▼]

We describe a robust platform for the synthesis of a large diversity of novel functional CO2 -sourced polymers by exploiting the regio-controlled and site selective ring-opening of α- alkylidene carbonates by various nucleophiles. The remarkable reactivity of α-alkylidene carbonates is dictated by the exocyclic olefinic group that selectively orients the cyclic carbonate ring- opening with the formation of an enol species. The polyaddition of CO2 -sourced bis-α-alkylidene carbonates (bis-αCCs) with primary and secondary diamines provides novel regioregular functional poly(urethane)s. The reactivity of bis-αCCs is also exploited for producing new poly(β-oxo-carbonate)s by organocatalyzed polyaddition with a diol. All polyadditions were feasible under ambient conditions. This synthesis platform provides new functional variants of world-class leading polymers families (polyurethanes, polycarbonates) and valorises CO2 as a chemical feedstock. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobiological stability of rice tart stored at ambient temperature after baking
N'guessan, Elise; Cissé, Mohamed; Niyonzima, Eugene ULiege et al

in Journal of Food Research (2017), 6(5), 41-49

Very popular in Belgium, rice tart is a hot pastry sold in bakeries. It is then consumed at home, for dessert or snack. This study is conducted to investigate the microbiological stability of this ... [more ▼]

Very popular in Belgium, rice tart is a hot pastry sold in bakeries. It is then consumed at home, for dessert or snack. This study is conducted to investigate the microbiological stability of this foodstuff, from the end of baking to end user by consumers. In this purpose, 108 rice tart samples were collected from each of seven bakeries in five Belgium provinces. Physico-chimical analysis in addition to microbiological analysis were carried out in accordance with the European Regulation EC 2073/2005 and with references methods, to enumerate the total microorganisms count, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus as well as Enterobacteria, susceptible likely to contaminate the tarts during the production or after baking. Even when the results meet the microbiological safety standards immediately after baking in all bakeries implicated, a significant (p <0,05) increase of mesophilic aerobic bacteria (ranging from <1 to 7 log cfu/g) and B. cereus (> 3,7 log cfu/g) was observed during the storage at non refrigerated temperature (28 to 30°C). A post-baking recontamination and other parameters like an insufficient baking time or a non uniform distribution of the oven heat could explain the observed bacteria growth. The present study shows that most rice tarts investigated are microbiologically safe. However, the possible increase of bacteria load in this foodstuff attributable to the favorable aw, pH and temperature conditions, highlight the importance of applying good hygienic practices and compliance with storage conditions after baking to ensure consumer safety. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of AP102, a subtype 2 and 5 specific somatostatin analog, on glucose metabolism in rats
Tarasco, Erika; Seebeck, Petra; Pfundstein, Svende et al

in Endocrine (2017)

Somatostatin analogs are widely used to treat conditions associated with hormonal hypersecretion such as acromegaly and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. First generation somatostatin analogs, such as ... [more ▼]

Somatostatin analogs are widely used to treat conditions associated with hormonal hypersecretion such as acromegaly and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. First generation somatostatin analogs, such as octreotide and lanreotide, have high affinity for somatostatin receptor subtype 2 (SSTR2), but have incomplete efficacy in many patients. Pasireotide targets multiple SSTRs, having the highest affinity for SSTR5, but causes hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus in preclinical and clinical studies. AP102 is a new somatostatin analogs with high affinity at both SSTR2 and SSTR5. We aimed to characterize the effects of AP102 vs. pasireotide on random and dynamic glucose levels, glucoregulatory hormone concentrations and growth axis measures in healthy Sprague-Dawley rats. [less ▲]

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See detailSupercritical Fluid Chromatography in Traditional Chinese Medicine Analysis
Huang, Yang ULiege; Tang, Guangyun; Zhang, Tingting et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis (2017)

Traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) are gaining increasing popularity throughout the world due to their long historical clinical practices. Highly efficient analytical separation tools are essential for ... [more ▼]

Traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) are gaining increasing popularity throughout the world due to their long historical clinical practices. Highly efficient analytical separation tools are essential for investigating the mysterious properties of TCMs and their quality control. Supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) showed a great potential in TCM analysis for both nonpolar and polar components. In this paper, an overview of the experimental conditions (i.e. detection mode, stationary phase, mobile phase composition, pressure and temperature) used in SFC for achiral separations of TCM components is presented and recent applications to the analysis of different classes of compounds extracted from TCMs, such as lipids, terpene and terpenoids, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, alkaloids, saponins and carbohydrates, will be briefly described. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cercle de lecture, un dispositif pour construire ensemble des compétences de lecteurs et d'enseignants
Scheepers, Caroline ULiege; Outers, Pierre ULiege; Werner, Anne-Catherine ULiege et al

in Didactiques en Pratique (2017)

Comment accompagner les premiers pas des stagiaires débutants ? À cette vaste et complexe question, le présent article envisage d’apporter un très modeste éclairage. Ainsi, sera décrit, conceptualisé ... [more ▼]

Comment accompagner les premiers pas des stagiaires débutants ? À cette vaste et complexe question, le présent article envisage d’apporter un très modeste éclairage. Ainsi, sera décrit, conceptualisé, analysé et discuté un projet collaboratif qui a associé étroitement théorie et pratique, université et école secondaire, expérimentation et transposition d’un dispositif, didactique disciplinaire et didactique générale. Plus concrètement, il s’est agi de faire expérimenter en tant qu’apprenants un cercle de lecture et un atelier d’écriture par les étudiants romanistes qui suivent le cours de première année de master centré sur la didactique du français langue première, avant de les inviter à transposer l’outil ainsi testé dans leur classe de stage. Seront prises en compte différentes traces : nos consignes, les journaux de stage, les portfolios, les consignes des étudiants, les traces recueillies auprès des élèves du secondaire, les rapports des maitres de stage, etc. Nous verrons in fine que le processus mis en place confirme, toutes proportions gardées, la validité et la pertinence du principe d’homologie entre les activités testées par les stagiaires lors de leur formation initiale à l’université et celles que les formateurs leur recommandent de mettre en œuvre dans leurs classes. [less ▲]

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See detailProtein–polysaccharide complexes for enhanced protein delivery in hyaluronic acid templated calcium carbonate microparticles
Ramalapa, Bathabile ULiege; Crasson, Oscar ULiege; Vandevenne, Marylène ULiege et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry B (2017), 5

The controlled delivery of proteins within calcium carbonate (CaCO3) particles is currently widely investigated. The success of these carriers is driven by ionic interactions between the encapsulated ... [more ▼]

The controlled delivery of proteins within calcium carbonate (CaCO3) particles is currently widely investigated. The success of these carriers is driven by ionic interactions between the encapsulated proteins and the particles. This poses a great limitation on the successful loading of proteins that have no ionic affinity to CaCO3. In this study, we explored the use of polysaccharide–protein interactions to strongly enhance the encapsulation of proteins in CaCO3 microparticles. Previously, Vandevenne and colleagues inserted a human chitin binding domain (ChBD) that has intrinsic affinity for hyaluronic acid (HA) into a β-lactamase (BlaP). This generated chimeric protein, named BlaPChBD, was shown to be fully bifunctional. In this study we showed that this hybrid protein can associate with HA and be successfully loaded into vaterite CaCO3 microparticles using supercritical CO2 (ScCO2) technology aided by the templating effect of HA on CaCO3. The presence of ChBD inserted into BlaP increased the encapsulation of the protein by 6-fold when complexed with HA. Furthermore, thrombin cleavage sites were engineered on both sides of the inserted ChBD in the chimeric BlaP to achieve release of the protein from the microparticles by protease cleavage. Our results showed that thrombin cleavage increased the release of the protein from the microparticles within 36 hours from <20% to 87%. In conclusion, the presence of ChBD successfully improved the encapsulation yield of the protein while retaining up to 82% of its activity and efficient release of the protein from the microparticles was achieved by protease cleavage. [less ▲]

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See detailComplete mitogenome sequence of Ricasolia amplissima (Lobariaceae) reveals extensive mitochondrial DNA rearrangement within the Peltigerales (lichenized ascomycetes)
Simon, Antoine ULiege; Liu, Yang; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULiege et al

in Bryologist (2017), 120(3), 335-339

The structure of mitochondrial genomes varies among non-lichenized fungi in terms of their genic and intronic content and genic order. Whether lichenized fungal mitogenomes are equally labile is unknown ... [more ▼]

The structure of mitochondrial genomes varies among non-lichenized fungi in terms of their genic and intronic content and genic order. Whether lichenized fungal mitogenomes are equally labile is unknown due to the paucity of available mitogenomes. We assembled the mitogenome of Ricasolia amplissima (Peltigerales, Lobariaceae), using massive parallel sequencing, and compared its structure to that of two species of Peltigera (Peltigeraceae). The mitochondrial genome of R. amplissima comprised 82,333 bp, with a 29.8% G+C content, and holds 15 unique protein-coding genes, 29 tRNA genes, two rRNA genes, and one non-coding RNA gene. Although the protein-coding gene content in the mitogenome of Peltigera and Ricasolia was identical, the relative gene order differed substantially, revealing that significant gene rearrangements also characterize the evolution of mitogenomes of lichenized ascomycetes at a relatively shallow phylogenetic depth, such as within the order Peltigerales. [less ▲]

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See detail3D thermal finite element analysis of laser cladding processed Ti-6Al-4V part with microstructural correlations
Tran, Hoang Son ULiege; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULiege; Paydas, Hakan ULiege et al

in Materials & Design (2017), 128

In this study, a 3D thermal model of laser cladding by powder injection applied to Ti-6Al-4V is developed. The manufactured part is made of a Ti-6Al-4V substrate on which successive layers of laser melted ... [more ▼]

In this study, a 3D thermal model of laser cladding by powder injection applied to Ti-6Al-4V is developed. The manufactured part is made of a Ti-6Al-4V substrate on which successive layers of laser melted powder are added, leading to a thick deposit. The computed temperature field and its time evolution are compared to experimental measurements. The temperature distribution in the substrate allows the prediction of the depths of the melt pool and the heat affected zone. Correlations between simulated thermal histories and the final microstructure in the thick deposit are established, leading to the enhancement of a dynamic shift of the critical transformation points due to high thermal rates during laser processing. The nature of the phases present within the deposit is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSuperparamagnetic colloids in viscous fluids
Darras, Alexis ULiege; Opsomer, Eric ULiege; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULiege et al

in Scientific Reports (2017), 7

The influence of a magnetic field on the aggregation process of superparamagnetic colloids has been well known on short time for a few decades. However, the influence of important parameters, such as ... [more ▼]

The influence of a magnetic field on the aggregation process of superparamagnetic colloids has been well known on short time for a few decades. However, the influence of important parameters, such as viscosity of the liquid, has received only little attention. Moreover, the equilibrium state reached after a long time is still challenging on some aspects. Indeed, recent experimental measurements show deviations from pure analytical models in extreme conditions. Furthermore, current simulations would require several years of computing time to reach equilibrium state under those conditions. In the present paper, we show how viscosity influences the characteristic time of the aggregation process, with experimental measurements in agreement with previous theories on transient behaviour. Afterwards, we performed numerical simulations on equivalent systems with lower viscosities. Below a critical value of viscosity, a transition to a new aggregation regime is observed and analysed. We noticed this result can be used to reduce the numerical simulation time from several orders of magnitude, without modifying the intrinsic physical behaviour of the particles. However, it also implies that, for high magnetic fields, granular gases could have a very different behaviour from colloidal liquids. [less ▲]

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See detailMathematical modeling of extracorporeal CO2 removal therapy. A validation carried out on ten pigs
Habran, Simon ULiege; Desaive, Thomas ULiege; MORIMONT, Philippe ULiege et al

in Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing (2017)

The extracorporeal CO2 removal device (ECCO2RD) is used in clinics to treat patients suffering from respiratory failures like acute respiratory distress syn- drome (ARDS) or chronic obstructive pulmonary ... [more ▼]

The extracorporeal CO2 removal device (ECCO2RD) is used in clinics to treat patients suffering from respiratory failures like acute respiratory distress syn- drome (ARDS) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this device is to decarboxylate blood externally with low blood flow. A mathematical model is proposed to describe protective ventilation, ARDS, and an extracorporeal CO2 removal therapy (ECCO2RT). The sim- ulations are compared with experimental data carried out on ten pigs. The results show a good agreement between the mathematical simulations and the experimental data, which provides a nice validation of the model. This model is thus able to predict the decrease of PCO2 during ECCO2RT for different blood flows across the extracorporeal lung support. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of canopy aerodynamic distance spatial and temporal variability on long term eddy covariance measurements
Hurdebise, Quentin ULiege; Heinesch, Bernard ULiege; De Ligne, Anne ULiege et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2017), 247(2017), 131-138

Understanding if and how the spatial and temporal variability of the surrounding environment affects turbulence is essential for long-term eddy covariance measurements. It requires characterizing the ... [more ▼]

Understanding if and how the spatial and temporal variability of the surrounding environment affects turbulence is essential for long-term eddy covariance measurements. It requires characterizing the surrounding environment. One way to achieve this is to analyse the canopy aerodynamic distance (Δ), which is the difference between measurement height (zm) and displacement height (d). In this work, an original method to estimate the canopy aerodynamic distance at a fine spatial (30° sectors) and temporal (one year) resolution was proposed. It was based on sensible heat cospectra analysis, calibrated on a measurement height change and validated using canopy height inventories. This method was applied to 20 years of eddy covariance measurements from the Vielsalm Terrestrial Observatory (VTO), a site located in a mixed temperate forest. The method allowed Δ spatio-temporal variability due to changes in canopy or measurement height to be detected. Relationships between Δ and turbulence statistics were then analysed: the momentum correlation coefficient (ruw) was found to be dependent on Δ, confirming that the measurements were made in the roughness sublayer of the atmospheric surface layer. In contrast, no such relationship was found sensible heat, CO2 or water vapour correlation coefficients, suggesting that the Δ variability did not affect significantly these fluxes. There were significant differences, however, between azimuthal directions, suggesting that these scalars were affected by forest heterogeneity in a different way. Various hypotheses were put forward to explain the differences and their relevance was evaluated. This study highlighted the need to consider the spatial and temporal variability of the surrounding environment in order to verify the consistency of long-term eddy covariance datasets. [less ▲]

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See detailMild synthesis of poly(HEMA)-networks as well-defined nanoparticles in supercritical carbon dioxide
Parilti, Rahmet ULiege; Alaimo, David; Grignard, Bruno ULiege et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry B (2017), 5(29), 5806-5815

Free-radical dispersion polymerisation of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate was carried out in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of stabilisers based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly ... [more ▼]

Free-radical dispersion polymerisation of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate was carried out in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of stabilisers based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly(heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate) (PFDA). Different architectures of copolymers (random, palm-tree and diblock) were tested for their surface tension, cloud point and as a stabilising agent. The diblock architecture was found to be the best candidate resulting in poly(HEMA) spherical particles with a size of 316 nm. Furthermore, the effect of the CO2-phobic block (PEO) in the diblock architecture was investigated by using three different chain lengths (1000, 2000, 5000 g mol−1). By optimizing the stabiliser composition and structure, mild reaction conditions have been identified allowing us to obtain well-defined spherical cross-linked poly(HEMA) particles with a mean diameter of unprecedented low size (216 nm) at a temperature as low as 35 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailOviposition deterrent activity of basil plants and their essentials oils against Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)
Yarou, Boni Barthélémy ULiege; Bawin, Thomas; Boullis, Antoine ULiege et al

in Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2017)

The leafminer Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is one of the most important pests of tomato, reducing crop yields by up to 100% in greenhouses and fields, in several countries globally ... [more ▼]

The leafminer Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is one of the most important pests of tomato, reducing crop yields by up to 100% in greenhouses and fields, in several countries globally. Because synthetic insecticides lead to resistance and have adverse effects on natural enemies and the health of producers, alternative control methods are needed. In this study, we assessed the oviposition-deterring effect of basil plants, Ocimum gratissimum L. and O. basilicum L. (Lamiaceae), using dual-choice behavioural assays performed in flight tunnels. We found that both plants significantly reduced T. absoluta oviposition behaviour on a tomato plant located nearby. To evaluate the potential effect of basil volatile organic compounds, we formulated essential oils of both plant species in paraffin oil, and observed a similar oviposition-deterring effect. Gas chromatography analyses detected 18 constituents in these essential oils which the major constituents included thymol (33.3%), p-cymene (20.4%), γ-terpinene (16.9%), myrcene (3.9%) in O. gratissimum and estragol (73.8%), linalool (8.6%), β-elemene (2.9%) and E-β-ocimene (2.6%) in O. basilicum. Twenty and 33 compounds were identified of the volatiles collected on O. gratissimum and O. basilicum plants, respectively. The main components include the following: p-cymene (33.5%), γ-terpinene (23.6%), α-terpinene (7.2%), α-thujene (6.7%) and E-α-bergamotene (38.9%) in O. gratissimum, and methyl eugenol (26.1%), E-β-ocimene (17.7%), and linalool (9.4%) in O. basilicum. Four compounds (α-pinene, β-pinene, Myrcene, Limonene) were common in essential oils and plants. Our results suggest the valuable potential of basil and associated essential oils as a component of integrated management strategies against the tomato leafminer. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple-trait genomewide mapping and gene network analysis for scrotal circumference growth curves in Brahman cattle1
Soares, A. C. C.; Guimarães, S. E. F.; Kelly, M. J. et al

in Journal of Animal Science (2017), 95(8), 3331-3345

Fertility traits are economically important in cattle breeding programs. Scrotal circumference (SC) measures are repeatable, easily obtained, highly heritable, and positively correlated with female ... [more ▼]

Fertility traits are economically important in cattle breeding programs. Scrotal circumference (SC) measures are repeatable, easily obtained, highly heritable, and positively correlated with female fertility traits and sperm quality traits in males. A useful approach to summarize SC measures over time is using nonlinear models, which summarize specific measures of SC in a few parameters with biological interpretation. This approach facilitates the selection of bulls with larger SC and maturity index (K), that is, early maturing animals. Because SC is a sex-limited trait, identifying the underlying genomics of growth curve parameters will allow selection across both males and females. We reported the first multitrait genomewide association study (GWAS) of estimated growth curve parameters for SC data in Brahman cattle. Five widely used nonlinear models were tested to fit a total of 3,612 SC records, measured at 6, 12, 18, and 24 mo of age. The von Bertalanffy model, individually fitted for each animal, best fit this SC data. Parameter estimates SC at maturity (A) and K as well as SC at all ages were jointly analyzed in a GWAS to identify 1-Mb regions most strongly associated with each trait. Heritabilities were 0.25 for K and 0.32 for A and ranged from 0.51 to 0.72 for SC at 6 (SC6), 12 (SC12), 18 (SC18), and 24 mo of age (SC24). An overlapping window on chromosome 14 explaining around 0.8% of genetic variance for K, SC12, SC18, and SC24 was observed. The major positional candidate genes within 1 Mb upstream and downstream of this overlapping window were LYN, CHD7, RAB2A, and ARFGEF1. Windows of 1 Mb explaining more than 0.4% of each trait on chromosomes 1, 3, 6, 7, 14, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 26 were identified. Pathways and net-work analyses were indicated through transcription factors playing a role on fertility traits: SOX9, BRCA1, STAT3, NFE2L2, EGR1, PPARG, and NFKB1. Further validation studies on larger populations or other breeds are required to validate these findings and to improve our understanding of the biology and complex genetic architecture of traits associated with scrotal growth and male fertility in cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailThe tails of the satellite auroral footprints at Jupiter
Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Saur, J.; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2017), 122

The electro-magnetic interaction between Io, Europa and Ganymede and the rotating plasma that surrounds Jupiter has a signature in the aurora of the planet. This signature, called the satellite footprint ... [more ▼]

The electro-magnetic interaction between Io, Europa and Ganymede and the rotating plasma that surrounds Jupiter has a signature in the aurora of the planet. This signature, called the satellite footprint, takes the form of a series of spots located slightly downstream of the feet of the field lines passing through the moon under consideration. In the case of Io, these spots are also followed by an extended tail in the downstream direction relative to the plasma flow encountering the moon. A few examples of a tail for the Europa footprint have also been reported in the northern hemisphere. Here we present a simplified Alfvénic model for footprint tails and simulations of vertical brightness profiles for various electron distribution, which favour such a model over quasi-static models. We also report here additional cases of Europa footprint tails, in both hemispheres, even though such detections are rare and difficult. Furthermore, we show that the Ganymede footprint can also be followed by a similar tail. Finally, we present a case of a 320° long Io footprint tail, while other cases in similar configurations do not display such a length. [less ▲]

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See detailPhytosterols-induced viscoelasticity of oleogels prepared by using monoglycerides
Bin Sintang, M.D.; Danthine, Sabine ULiege; Brown, A. et al

in Food Research International (2017), 100

Monoglycerides (MGs) and phytosterols (PS) are known to form firm oleogels with liquid oil. However, the oleogels are prone to undergo polymorphic transition over time that lead to crystals' aggregation ... [more ▼]

Monoglycerides (MGs) and phytosterols (PS) are known to form firm oleogels with liquid oil. However, the oleogels are prone to undergo polymorphic transition over time that lead to crystals' aggregation thus, compromises physical properties. Thus, we combined MGs with PS to control the crystallization and modify the morphology of the combination oleogels, as both components are reported to interact together. The oleogels were prepared at different ratio combinations and characterized in their rheological, thermal, morphology, and diffraction properties. The results showed that the 8:2 MGP:PS exhibited higher storage modulus (G′) than the MGP mono-component. The combination oleogels exhibited effects on the crystallization and polymorphic transition. Consequently, the effects led to change in the morphology of the combination oleogels which was visualized using optical and electron microscope. The resultant effect on the morphology is associated with crystal defect. Due to observable crystals of MGP and PS, it is speculated that the combination oleogels formed a mixed crystal system. This was confirmed with diffraction analysis in which the corresponding peaks from MGP and PS were observed in the combination oleogels. However, the 8:2 oleogel exhibited additional peak at 35.41 Å. Ultimately, the 8:2 was the optimum combination observed in our study. Interestingly, this combination is inspired by nature as sterols (phytosterols) are natural component of lipid membrane whilst MGP has properties similar to phospholipids. Hence, the results of our study not only beneficial for oil structuring, but also for the fields of biophysical and pharmaceutical. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and numerical investigation of the nonlinear dynamics of compliant mechanisms for deployable structures
Dewalque, Florence ULiege; Schwartz, Cédric ULiege; Denoël, Vincent ULiege et al

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2017), 101

This paper studies the dynamics of tape springs which are characterised by a highly geometrical nonlinear behaviour including buckling, the formation of folds and hysteresis. An experimental set-up is ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the dynamics of tape springs which are characterised by a highly geometrical nonlinear behaviour including buckling, the formation of folds and hysteresis. An experimental set-up is designed to capture these complex nonlinear phenomena. The experimental data are acquired by the means of a 3D motion analysis system combined with a synchronised force plate. Deployment tests show that the motion can be divided into three phases characterised by different types of folds, frequencies of oscillation and damping behaviours. Furthermore, the reproducibility quality of the dynamic and quasi-static results is validated by performing a large number of tests. In parallel, a nonlinear finite element model is developed. The required model parameters are identified based on simple experimental tests such as static deformed configurations and small amplitude vibration tests. In the end, the model proves to be well correlated with the experimental results in opposite sense bending, while in equal sense, both the experimental set-up and the numerical model are particularly sensitive to the initial conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe inner structure of early-type galaxies in the Illustris simulation
Xu, Dandan; Springel, Volker; Sluse, Dominique ULiege et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2017), 469

Early-type galaxies provide unique tests for the predictions of the cold dark matter cosmology and the baryonic physics assumptions entering models for galaxy formation. In this work, we use the Illustris ... [more ▼]

Early-type galaxies provide unique tests for the predictions of the cold dark matter cosmology and the baryonic physics assumptions entering models for galaxy formation. In this work, we use the Illustris simulation to study correlations of three main properties of early-type galaxies, namely the stellar orbital anisotropies, the central dark matter fractions and the central radial density slopes, as well as their redshift evolution since z = 1.0. We find that lower mass galaxies or galaxies at higher redshift tend to be bluer in rest-frame colour, have higher central gas fractions, and feature more tangentially anisotropic orbits and steeper central density slopes than their higher mass or lower redshift counterparts, respectively. The projected central dark matter fraction within the effective radius shows a very mild mass dependence but positively correlates with galaxy effective radii due to the aperture effect. The central density slopes obtained by combining strong lensing measurements with single-aperture kinematics are found to differ from the true density slopes. We identify systematic biases in this measurement to be due to two common modelling assumptions, isotropic stellar orbital distributions and power-law density profiles. We also compare the properties of early-type galaxies in Illustris to those from existing galaxy and strong lensing surveys; we find in general broad agreement but also some tension, which poses a potential challenge to the stellar formation and feedback models adopted by the simulation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe EBLM project. III. A Saturn-size low-mass star at the hydrogen-burning limit
von Boetticher, Alexander; Triaud, Amaury H. M. J.; Queloz, Didier et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2017), 604

We report the discovery of an eclipsing binary system with mass-ratio q ˜ 0.07. After identifying a periodic photometric signal received by WASP, we obtained CORALIE spectroscopic radial velocities and ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of an eclipsing binary system with mass-ratio q ˜ 0.07. After identifying a periodic photometric signal received by WASP, we obtained CORALIE spectroscopic radial velocities and follow-up light curves with the Euler and TRAPPIST telescopes. From a joint fit of these data we determine that EBLM J0555-57 consists of a sun-like primary star that is eclipsed by a low-mass companion, on a weakly eccentric 7.8-day orbit. Using a mass estimate for the primary star derived from stellar models, we determine a companion mass of 85 ± 4 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB] (0.081 M[SUB]⊙[/SUB]) and a radius of 0.84[SUP]+ 0.14[/SUP][SUB]-0.04[/SUB]R[SUB]Jup[/SUB] (0.084 R[SUB]⊙[/SUB]) that is comparable to that of Saturn. EBLM J0555-57Ab has a surface gravity log g[SUB]2[/SUB] =5.50[SUP]+ 0.03[/SUP][SUB]-0.13[/SUB] and is one of the densest non-stellar-remnant objects currently known. These measurements are consistent with models of low-mass stars. The photometry tables and radial velocities are only available at the CDS and on demand via anonymous ftp to <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr</A> (<A href="http://130.79.128.5">http://130.79.128.5</A>) or via <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/604/L6">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/604/L6</A> [less ▲]

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See detailExergy analysis applied to performance of buildings in Europe
Sartor, Kevin ULiege; Dewallef, Pierre ULiege

in Energy and Buildings (2017), 148

Energy performance of buildings generally assesses the energy consumption of buildings such as heating, domestic heat water, ventilation systems, etc. However, this approach is based on the first law of ... [more ▼]

Energy performance of buildings generally assesses the energy consumption of buildings such as heating, domestic heat water, ventilation systems, etc. However, this approach is based on the first law of thermodynamics and considers only the quantity of energy used without considering its ‘quality’ and leads to a lack of information about the energy conversion processes. This is particularly true in the new low-energy buildings where sometimes high temperatures sources are used to meet low-temperature needs. The exergy analysis of a system, based on first and second thermodynamic laws, can be used to overcome this. In this work, it is proposed to compare the energy and the exergy consumption and the related CO2 emissions of several kinds of buildings to determine the best systems in terms of energy and exergy needs. The energy demand calculations are performed using the official software available in Belgium and some assumptions are implemented to consider the exergy approach. As exergy calculations require a reference state, some different climatic conditions are also investigated. Finally, some conclusions are discussed to rank the sources of energy and their related exergy losses. [less ▲]

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See detailSocial sustainability assessments in the biobased economy: Towards a systemic approach
Rafiaani, Parisa ULiege; Kuppens, Tom; Van Dael, Miet et al

in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (2017)

The majority of impact assessments for the biobased economy are primarily focused on the environmental and (techno-)economic aspects, while social aspects are rarely considered. This study proposes a ... [more ▼]

The majority of impact assessments for the biobased economy are primarily focused on the environmental and (techno-)economic aspects, while social aspects are rarely considered. This study proposes a modified systemic approach for a social sustainability impact assessment of the biobased economy, based on a review on the common methodologies for assessing social impacts. Accordingly, the proposed approach follows the four general iterative steps of social life cycle analysis (SLCA) as it considers all life cycle phases of the biobased economy. The systemic approach considers the potential social impacts on local communities, workers, and consumers as the main three groups of the stakeholders. The review showed that the most common social indicators for inventory analysis within the biobased economy include health and safety, food security, income, employment, land- and worker-related concerns, energy security, profitability, and gender issues. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) was also highlighted as the broadly utilized methodology for aggregating the results of impact assessments within the biobased economy. Taking a life cycle perspective, this study provides a holistic view of the full sustainability of research, design, and innovation in the biobased economy by suggesting the integration of the social aspects with techno-economic and an environmental life cycle assessment. Our proposed systemic approach makes possible to integrate the social impacts that are highly valued by the affected stakeholders into the existing sustainability models that focus only on environmental and techno-economic aspects. We discuss the steps of the proposed systemic approach in order to identify the challenges of applying them within the biobased economy. These challenges refer mainly to the definition of the functional unit and system boundaries, the selection and the analysis of social indicators (inventory analysis), the aggregation of the inventory to impact categories, and the uncertainties associated with the social sustainability evaluation. The result of this review and the proposed systemic approach serve as a foundation for industry and policy makers to gain a better insight into the importance of social sustainability impacts assessment within the biobased economy. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Far Ultra-Violet Imager on the Icon Mission
Mende, Stephen; Frey, Harald; Rider, Kodi et al

in Space Science Reviews (2017)

ICON Far UltraViolet (FUV) imager contributes to the ICON science objectives by providing remote sensing measurements of the daytime and nighttime atmosphere/ ionosphere. During sunlit atmospheric ... [more ▼]

ICON Far UltraViolet (FUV) imager contributes to the ICON science objectives by providing remote sensing measurements of the daytime and nighttime atmosphere/ ionosphere. During sunlit atmospheric conditions, ICON FUV images the limb altitude profile in the shortwave (SW) band at 135.6 nm and the longwave (LW) band at 157 nm perpendicular to the satellite motion to retrieve the atmospheric O/N2 ratio. In conditions of atmospheric darkness, ICON FUV measures the 135.6 nm recombination emission of O+ ions used to compute the nighttime ionospheric altitude distribution. ICON Far Ultra- Violet (FUV) imager is a Czerny–Turner design Spectrographic Imager with two exit slits and corresponding back imager cameras that produce two independent images in separate wavelength bands on two detectors. All observations will be processed as limb altitude profiles. In addition, the ionospheric 135.6 nm data will be processed as longitude and latitude spatial maps to obtain images of ion distributions around regions of equatorial spread F. The ICON FUV optic axis is pointed 20 degrees below local horizontal and has a steering mirror that allows the field of view to be steered up to 30 degrees forward and aft, to keep the local magnetic meridian in the field of view. The detectors are micro channel plate (MCP) intensified FUV tubes with the phosphor fiber-optically coupled to Charge Coupled Devices (CCDs). The dual stack MCP-s amplify the photoelectron signals to overcome the CCD noise and the rapidly scanned frames are co-added to digitally create 12-second integrated images. Digital on-board signal processing is used to compensate for geometric distortion and satellite motion and to achieve data compression. The instrument was originally aligned in visible light by using a special grating and visible cameras. Final alignment, functional and environmental testing and calibration were performed in a large vacuum chamber with a UV source. The test and calibration program showed that ICON FUV meets its design requirements and is ready to be launched on the ICON spacecraft. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle des petites entreprises du métier artisanal traditionnel dans le développement local: case d'étude dans le périphérie de Hanoi
Nguyen, Thi Thu Hien ULiege; Lebailly, Philippe ULiege; Nguyen, Van Nghien

in Science and Technology Journal of Agriculture & Rural Development (2017), 15

Rural industrial development and new rural development programmes are the main target of Vietnam in the process of industrialization – modernization of the country. To expedite this process, it is ... [more ▼]

Rural industrial development and new rural development programmes are the main target of Vietnam in the process of industrialization – modernization of the country. To expedite this process, it is necessary to promote the development and encourage the contributions of small enterprise in general and small enterprise rural in particular because practices in many countries show the important role of small and micro enterprises in local development. This paper presents the initial results of research to understand the economic–social contributions of rural enterprises to local development through the mobilization of local resources as well as establishment of the economic-social relations in local of rattan’s enterprises in the suburb of Hanoi, and then propose some measures to facilitate the operation of enterprises and promote the contribution of rattan’s enterprises for local development. [less ▲]

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See detailA New Solar Spectrum from 656 to 3088 nm
Meftah, M.; Damé, L.; Bolsée, D. et al

in Solar Physics (2017), 292

The solar spectrum is a key parameter for different scientific disciplines such as solar physics, climate research, and atmospheric physics. The SOLar SPECtrometer (SOLSPEC) instrument of the Solar ... [more ▼]

The solar spectrum is a key parameter for different scientific disciplines such as solar physics, climate research, and atmospheric physics. The SOLar SPECtrometer (SOLSPEC) instrument of the Solar Monitoring Observatory (SOLAR) payload onboard the International Space Station (ISS) has been built to measure the solar spectral irradiance (SSI) from 165 to 3088 nm with high accuracy. To cover the full wavelength range, three double-monochromators with concave gratings are used. We present here a thorough analysis of the data from the third channel/double-monochromator, which covers the spectral range between 656 and 3088 nm. A new reference solar spectrum is therefore obtained in this mainly infrared wavelength range (656 to 3088 nm); it uses an absolute preflight calibration performed with the blackbody of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). An improved correction of temperature effects is also applied to the measurements using in-flight housekeeping temperature data of the instrument. The new solar spectrum (SOLAR-IR) is in good agreement with the ATmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS 3) reference solar spectrum from 656 nm to about 1600 nm. However, above 1600 nm, it agrees better with solar reconstruction models than with spacecraft measurements. The new SOLAR/SOLSPEC measurement of solar spectral irradiance at about 1600 nm, corresponding to the minimum opacity of the solar photosphere, is 248.08 ± 4.98 mW m[SUP]-2[/SUP] nm[SUP]-1[/SUP] (1 σ), which is higher than recent ground-based evaluations. [less ▲]

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See detail« Oser sauver à l’école » : Mise en place d’un cycle de premier secours au cours d’éducation physique
Collin, Manon ULiege; Cloes, Marc ULiege; Laurent, Charlotte et al

in Didactiques en Pratique (2017), 3

En Europe et aux États-Unis, plus de 700 000 personnes décèdent chaque année des suites d’un arrêt cardiaque (Berdowski et al. 2010). Avec un taux de survie de 2 à 10 % (European Resuscitation Council ... [more ▼]

En Europe et aux États-Unis, plus de 700 000 personnes décèdent chaque année des suites d’un arrêt cardiaque (Berdowski et al. 2010). Avec un taux de survie de 2 à 10 % (European Resuscitation Council, 2015), le pronostic vital associé aux arrêts cardiaques est, dès lors, relativement limité. Celui-ci peut être cinq à sept fois supérieur si un témoin pratique une réanimation cardio-pulmonaire (RCP) et une défibrillation durant les premières minutes d’intervention (ERC, 2015). Dans le cadre de cette étude pilote, l’objectif était d’analyser la pertinence, l’impact et la faisabilité de la mise en place d’un cycle de premiers secours dans un contexte scolaire, et, plus particulièrement, dans le programme du cours d’éducation physique. Le cycle, d'une durée de 6 semaines (6 x 50 minutes), a été dispensé à deux classes de rhétoriques (n=51). Les compétences des élèves ont été évaluées à l'aide d'un questionnaire avant et après le cycle, ainsi qu'une grille d'observation évaluant les habiletés gestuelles des élèves lors d'un protocole complet de réanimation de base d’une personne adulte avec un DEA. La moyenne des résultats des élèves au questionnaire est passée de 6,12 ± 3,25/20 (0,5-14) lors du pré-test à 17,32 ± 1,79 /20 (10,5-20) à l’issue du cycle (p=0,00). La moyenne au test pratique est de 17,16 ± 1,72/20 (13,66-20). La séquence de cours proposée a permis d’améliorer les connaissances théoriques des élèves, leurs habiletés gestuelles et leur confiance par rapport à leur capacité à porter secours à une victime d’un arrêt cardiaque, et s'inscrit clairement dans la philosophie du Pacte pour un Enseignement d’Excellence. [less ▲]

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See detailA fast and simple method for simultaneous measurements of 25(OH)D, 24,25(OH)2D and the Vitamin D Metabolite Ratio (VMR) in serum samples by LC-MS/MS
Fabregat Cabello, Neus ULiege; Farre Segura, Jordi ULiege; Huyghebaert, Loreen ULiege et al

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2017)

BACKGROUND: Rapid, easy and reliable measurement of the major vitamin D metabolites is required in order to fulfill the needs of a clinical routine laboratory. To overcome these challenges, we have ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Rapid, easy and reliable measurement of the major vitamin D metabolites is required in order to fulfill the needs of a clinical routine laboratory. To overcome these challenges, we have developed and validated a LC-MS/MS method for the quantification of 25-hydroxyvitamin D2 and D3, epi-25-hydroxyvitamin D3 and 24,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. METHODS: Sample preparation was based on precipitation and centrifugation of 100 µL of patient serum, followed by injection into the LC-MS/MS system. Samples from Vitamin D Standardization Program (n=80) and patient samples (n=281) have been compared with a reference LC-MS/MS method. For the analytical validation NIST and Labquality quality control materials were used. RESULTS: Mean intra-assay and inter-assay imprecision were less than 6.0 and 6.4% and mean recoveries were within 95-104%. LOQ’s were 0.5 µg/L for 24,25(OH)2D3, 1.1 µg/L for 25(OH)D3 and epi-25(OH)D3 and 1.7 µg/L for 25(OH)D2. A 3% bias obtained between the proposed and the reference method satisfies Vitamin D Standardization Program recommendations. CONCLUSIONS: We present a rapid, easy, reliable and cost-effective method completely adequate for routine testing, which permits the measurement of the ratio of 24,25-dihydroxyvitamin D to 25-hydroxyvitamin D, Vitamin D Metabolite Ratio (VMR), in serum samples. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of Continuous Pain in Newborns admitted to NICUs in 18 European Countries
Anand, Kanwaljeet; Eriksson, Mats; Boyle, Elaine et al

in Acta Paediatrica (2017), 106(8), 1248-59

Aim: Continuous pain occurs routinely, even after invasive procedures, or inflammation and surgery, but clinical practices associated with assessments of continuous pain remain unknown. Methods: A ... [more ▼]

Aim: Continuous pain occurs routinely, even after invasive procedures, or inflammation and surgery, but clinical practices associated with assessments of continuous pain remain unknown. Methods: A prospective cohort study in 243 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) from 18 European countries recorded frequency of pain assessments, use of mechanical ventilation, sedation, analgesia, or neuromuscular blockade for each neonate upto 28 days after NICU admission. Results: Only 2113/6648 (31·8%) of neonates received assessments of continuous pain, occurring variably among tracheal ventilation (TrV, 46·0%), noninvasive ventilation (NiV, 35· 0%), and no ventilation (NoV, 20· 1%) groups (p<0· 001). Daily assessments for continuous pain occurred in only 10·4% of all neonates (TrV: 14· 0%, NiV: 10· 7%, NoV: 7· 6%; p<0· 001). More frequent assessments of continuous pain occurred in NICUs with pain guidelines, nursing champions, and surgical admissions prompted (all p<0·01), and for newborns <32 weeks gestational age, those requiring ventilation, or opioids, sedatives-hypnotics, general anesthetics (O-SH-GA) (all p<0·001), or surgery (p=0· 028). Use of O-SH-GA drugs increased the odds for pain assessment in the TrV (OR:1· 60, p<0·001) and NiV groups (OR:1·40, p<0· 001). Conclusion: Assessments of continuous pain occurred in less than one-third of NICU admissions, and daily in only 10% of neonates. NICU clinical practices should consider including routine assessments of continuous pain in newborns. [less ▲]

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See detailEYK1 encoding erythrulose kinase as a catabolic selectable marker for genome editing in the non-conventional yeast Yarrowia lipolytica
Vandermies, Marie ULiege; Denies, Olivia ULiege; Nicaud, Jean-Marc et al

in Journal of Microbiological Methods (2017), 139

We report here on EYK1, encoding erythrulose kinase, as an efficient catabolic selectable marker for genome editing in Y. lipolytica. Compared to auxotrophic markers, EYK1 increases the growth rate of ... [more ▼]

We report here on EYK1, encoding erythrulose kinase, as an efficient catabolic selectable marker for genome editing in Y. lipolytica. Compared to auxotrophic markers, EYK1 increases the growth rate of transformants and allows improved efficiency of transformation. The utility of the marker EYK1 in a replicative vector was also demonstrated. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy Dissipation Within the Wave Run-Up at Stepped Revetments
Kerpen, Nils B.; Bung, Daniel B.; Valero Huerta, Daniel ULiege et al

in Journal of Ocean University of China (2017), 16(4), 649-654

To understand the processes and energy dissipation performance caused by turbulence during the wave run-up over a stepped revetment, hydraulic model tests with steady flow conditions are conducted and ... [more ▼]

To understand the processes and energy dissipation performance caused by turbulence during the wave run-up over a stepped revetment, hydraulic model tests with steady flow conditions are conducted and correlated with unsteady flow conditions of the wave run-up within a short time frame. Under irregular waves, the run-up reduction over a stepped revetment is dependent on the Iribarren number and decreases for decreasing Iribarren numbers. Velocity gradients are found to be similar in a steady and unsteady flow regime near the pseudo-bottom. [less ▲]

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See detailAdministration of mesenchymal stromal cells before renal ischemia/reperfusion attenuates kidney injury and may modulate renal lipid metabolism in rats.
ERPICUM, Pauline ULiege; Rowart, Pascal ULiege; POMA, Laurence ULiege et al

in Scientific Reports (2017), 7(1), 8687

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been demonstrated to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) damage in rodent models. The mechanisms of such nephro-protection remain largely unknown. Furthermore ... [more ▼]

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been demonstrated to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) damage in rodent models. The mechanisms of such nephro-protection remain largely unknown. Furthermore, the optimal timing of MSC administration has been poorly investigated. Here, we compare the impact of MSC injection 7 days before (MSCD - 7) versus 1 day after (MSCD + 1) renal I/R in rats. Control groups received equivalent volumes of saline at similar time-points (SD - 7 and SD + 1). Right nephrectomy was performed, and left renal ischemia lasted 45 min. After 48-hour reperfusion, we observed significantly improved renal function parameters, reduced apoptotic index and neutrophil/macrophage infiltration in kidney parenchyma, and lower expression of tubular damage markers and pro-inflammatory cytokines in MSCD - 7 in comparison to MSCD + 1 and saline control groups. Next, comparative high-throughput RNA sequencing of MSCD - 7 vs. SD - 7 non-ischemic right kidneys highlighted significant down-regulation of fatty acid biosynthesis and up-regulation of PPAR-alpha pathway. Such a preferential regulation towards lipid catabolism was associated with decreased levels of lipid peroxidation products, i.e. malondialdehyde and 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal, in MSCD - 7 versus SD - 7 ischemic kidneys. Our findings suggest that MSC pretreatment may exert protective effects against renal I/R by modulating lipid metabolism in rats. [less ▲]

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See detailRoom temperature ferroelectricity in fluoroperovskite thin films
Ming Yang, Amit KC; García Castro, Andrès Camilo ULiege; Borisov, Pavel et al

in Scientific Reports (2017), 7

The NaMnF3 fluoride-perovskite has been found, theoretically, to be ferroelectric under epitaxial strain becoming a promising alternative to conventional oxides for multiferroic applications. Nevertheless ... [more ▼]

The NaMnF3 fluoride-perovskite has been found, theoretically, to be ferroelectric under epitaxial strain becoming a promising alternative to conventional oxides for multiferroic applications. Nevertheless, this fluoroperovskite has not been experimentally verified to be ferroelectric so far. Here we report signatures of room temperature ferroelectricity observed in perovskite NaMnF3 thin films grown on SrTiO3. Using piezoresponse force microscopy, we studied the evolution of ferroelectric polarization in response to external and built-in electric fields. Density functional theory calculations were also performed to help understand the strong competition between ferroelectric and paraelectric phases as well as the profound influences of strain. These results, together with the magnetic order previously reported in the same material, pave the way to future multiferroic and magnetoelectric investigations in fluoroperovskites. [less ▲]

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See detailSimilarity of the Jovian satellite footprints: spots multiplicity and dynamics
Bonfond, Bertrand ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege; Badman, S. V. et al

in Icarus (2017), 292(2017), 208217

In the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn, the intense interaction of the satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede and Enceladus with their surrounding plasma environment leaves a signature in the aurora of the ... [more ▼]

In the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn, the intense interaction of the satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede and Enceladus with their surrounding plasma environment leaves a signature in the aurora of the planet. Called satellite footprints, these auroral features appear either as a single spot (Europa and Enceladus) or as multiple spots (Io and Ganymede). Moreover, they can be followed by extended trailing tails in the case of Io and Europa, while no tail has been reported for Ganymede and Enceladus, yet. Here we show that all Jovian footprints can be made of several spots. Furthermore, the footprints all experience brightness variations on timescale of 2-3 minutes. We also demonstrate that the satellite location relative to the plasma sheet is not the only driver for the footprint brightness, but that the plasma environment and the magnetic field strength also play a role. These new findings demonstrate that the Europa and Ganymede footprints are very similar to the Io footprint. As a consequence, the processes expected to take place at Io, such as the bi-directional electron acceleration by Alfvén waves or the partial reflection of these waves on plasma density gradients, can most likely be extended to the other footprints, suggesting that they are indeed universal processes. [less ▲]

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See detailChondrocyte secretome: a source of novel insights and exploratory biomarkers of osteoarthritis
Sanchez, Christelle ULiege; Bay-Jensen, Anne-Christine; Pap, Thomas et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2017), 25

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See detailChemical abundances of fast-rotating massive stars. II. Interpretation and comparison with evolutionary models
Cazorla, Constantin ULiege; Nazé, Yaël ULiege; Morel, Thierry ULiege et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2017), 604(A123),

Aims: Past observations of fast-rotating massive stars exhibiting normal nitrogen abundances at their surface have raised questions about the rotational mixing paradigm. We revisit this question thanks to ... [more ▼]

Aims: Past observations of fast-rotating massive stars exhibiting normal nitrogen abundances at their surface have raised questions about the rotational mixing paradigm. We revisit this question thanks to a spectroscopic analysis of a sample of bright fast-rotating OB stars, with the goal of quantifying the efficiency of rotational mixing at high rotation rates. Methods: Our sample consists of 40 fast rotators on the main sequence, with spectral types comprised between B0.5 and O4. We compare the abundances of some key element indicators of mixing (He, CNO) with the predictions of evolutionary models for single objects and for stars in interacting binary systems. Results: The properties of half of the sample stars can be reproduced by single evolutionary models, even in the case of probable or confirmed binaries that can therefore be true single stars in a pre-interaction configuration. The main problem for the rest of the sample is a mismatch for the [N/O] abundance ratio (we confirm the existence of fast rotators with a lack of nitrogen enrichment) and/or a high helium abundance that cannot be accounted for by models. Modifying the diffusion coefficient implemented in single- star models does not solve the problem as it cannot simultaneously reproduce the helium abundances and [N/O] abundance ratios of our targets. Since part of them actually are binaries, we also compared their chemical properties with predictions for post-mass transfer systems. We found that these models can explain the abundances measured for a majority of our targets, including some of the most helium-enriched, but fail to reproduce them in other cases. Our study thus reveals that some physical ingredients are still missing in current models. [less ▲]

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See detailLe flâneur et l'ethnographe. Sur le savoir des Physiologies
Stienon, Valérie ULiege

in La Licorne (2017)

Les Physiologies parues dans la première moitié du XIXe siècle dans la presse satirique illustrée et les collections des éditeurs de pittoresques livrent un certain savoir sur la société parisienne de la ... [more ▼]

Les Physiologies parues dans la première moitié du XIXe siècle dans la presse satirique illustrée et les collections des éditeurs de pittoresques livrent un certain savoir sur la société parisienne de la Monarchie de Juillet. Elles le font en situant les contemporains dans leur biotope métropolitain et en pratiquant des formes de microsociologie par consignation des us et coutumes saisis à travers le prisme de l’observation quotidienne in situ. De ce point de vue, ces textes semblent proches de documents d’ethnographie critique, si on conçoit l’ethnographie comme la discipline qui s’occupe de la collecte sur le terrain de données anthropologiques et sociales. Ce geste ethnographique a pu être préparé par la rencontre du regard du clinicien sur le social et du réflexe classificateur du naturaliste auxquels s’ajoutent des données factuelles historiques : l’anthropologie française se développe à Paris dès 1799, suite à la découverte de l’enfant sauvage de l’Aveyron, avec la Société des observateurs de l’homme. Si celle-ci est dissoute très tôt, en 1804, d’autres groupements prennent le relais et, en 1839, la Société ethnologique est créée à Paris. Revenant sur le contexte qui prépare la naissance des disciplines ethnologique et sociologique, cette étude propose de croiser les scénographies énonciatives de l’ethnographe mises en œuvre dans les Physiologies à une autre figure du savoir en déambulation qu’elles thématisent abondamment, celle du flâneur, pour déterminer leurs généalogies littéraires et leurs apports respectifs au savoir (pré)sociologique manifesté par ces textes dans leur poétique d’écriture situable entre presse engagée, littérature et sciences du vivant. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrigendum: Temporality of Features in Near-Death Experience Narratives
Martial, Charlotte ULiege; Cassol, Helena ULiege; Antonopoulos, Georgios ULiege et al

in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2017)

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See detailOrganometallic-mediated alternating radical copolymerization of tert-butyl-2- trifluoromethacrylate with vinyl acetate and synthesis of block copolymers thereof
Banerjee, Sanjib; Ladmiral, Vincent; Debuigne, Antoine ULiege et al

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2017), 38(15), 1700203

Organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) has given access to well-defined poly(vinyl acetate-alt-tert-butyl-2-trifluoromethacrylate)-b-poly(vinyl acetate) and poly (VAc- alt-MAF-TBE ... [more ▼]

Organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) has given access to well-defined poly(vinyl acetate-alt-tert-butyl-2-trifluoromethacrylate)-b-poly(vinyl acetate) and poly (VAc- alt-MAF-TBE) copolymers composed of two electronically distinct monomers: vinyl acetate (VAc, donor, D) and tert-butyl-2-trifluoromethacrylate (MAF-TBE, acceptor, A), with low dispersity (≤1.24) and molar masses up to 57 000 g mol−1. These copolymers have a precise 1:1 alternating structure over a wide range of comonomer feed compositions. The reactivity ratios are determined as rVAc = 0.01 ± 0.01 and rMAF-TBE = 0 at 40 °C. Remarkably, from a feed containing >50% molar VAc content, poly(VAc-alt-MAF-TBE)-b- PVAc block copolymers are produced via a one- pot synthesis. Such diblock copolymers exhibit two glass transition temperatures attributed to the alternating and homopolymer sequences. The OMRP of this fluorine-containing alter- nating monomer system may provide access to a wide range of new polymer materials. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the non-Markovianity for electron transfer reactions in the oligothiophene-fullerene in an heterojunction
Mangaud, Etienne; Meier, Christoph; Desouter, Michèle ULiege

in Chemical Physics (2017), 494

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See detailCan electoral inequalities be legally justified?
Bouhon, Frédéric ULiege

in European Review of Public Law (2017), 2016(Automn), 839-879

In light of the principle of equality, German, Belgian and British election law contain some legal rules that tend to distribute the faculty to influence the composition of the elected assemblies equally ... [more ▼]

In light of the principle of equality, German, Belgian and British election law contain some legal rules that tend to distribute the faculty to influence the composition of the elected assemblies equally among the governed people, and others that tend to distribute it unequally. The inequality caused by the latter group may be to some extent legally justified by concerns for the general interest, but also provides rulers with means that help them to remain in power, which is hardly justifiable from a legal perspective. In these legal systems, parties are expected to gain a significant portion of the people’s support: not only should the parliament (as a whole) and its members (as individuals) represent the governed people, but the parties themselves are expected to be sufficiently representative of the people in order to access the legislative assemblies. Notably, this thesis draws examples from the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, from which relevant decisions are mentioned here. [less ▲]

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See detailRADIONUCLIDE IMAGING OF INFECTIVE ENDOCARDITIS: state of art and future perspective
MARCHETTA, Stella ULiege; WITHOFS, Nadia ULiege; ERBA, Paola Anna et al

in Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports (2017), 10(27),

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See detailHydrothermal synthesis in presence of carbon black: Particle-size reduction of iron hydroxyl phosphate hydrate for Li-ion battery
Karegeya, Claude ULiege; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Cloots, Rudi ULiege et al

in Electrochimica Acta (2017), 250

Iron hydroxyl phosphate hydrate Fe1.19(PO4)(OH)0.57(H2O)0.43 (FPHH) was obtained by hydrothermal synthesis at 220 °C for 6 hours. Addition of carbon black to the solution before hydrothermal treatment led ... [more ▼]

Iron hydroxyl phosphate hydrate Fe1.19(PO4)(OH)0.57(H2O)0.43 (FPHH) was obtained by hydrothermal synthesis at 220 °C for 6 hours. Addition of carbon black to the solution before hydrothermal treatment led to a reduction of the FPHH particle size from ∼10 μm in the carbon-free compound to ∼300–500 nm in the FPHH-10%C and FPHH-20%C composite with a good dispersion of conducting carbon black. X-ray diffraction, 57Fe Mossbauer spectroscopy and a thermal decomposition study showed that the addition of carbon black did not interfere with the formation of the FPHH phase. Thanks to its favorable microstructural characteristics, the FPHH-10%C and FPHH-20%C material exhibited good performance as positive electrode for Li-ion battery, with high initial discharge capacities of 150, 128 and 112 mAh g−1 at 0.25C, 0.5C and 1C rates respectively and 99% capacity retention after 150 cycles at 2C. These results show that addition of solid carbon directly into the solution prior to hydrothermal treatment is a simple and effective way to reduce particle size and also to improve electronic conductivity by dispersing conductive carbon around the active material. This approach is easily transferable to other compounds prepared by hydrothermal synthesis, in order to control particle size while retaining the advantage of crystallization at low temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailCombining semi-automated image analysis techniques with machine learning algorithms to accelerate large scale genetic studies
Atkinson, Jonathan; Lobet, Guillaume; Noll, Manuel ULiege et al

in GigaScience (2017)

Background: Genetic analyses of plant root systems require large datasets of extracted architectural traits. To quantify such traits from images of root systems, researchers often have to choose between ... [more ▼]

Background: Genetic analyses of plant root systems require large datasets of extracted architectural traits. To quantify such traits from images of root systems, researchers often have to choose between automated tools (that are prone to error and extract only a limited number of architectural traits) or semi-automated ones (that are highly time consuming). Findings: We trained a Random Forest algorithm to infer architectural traits from automatically extracted image descriptors. The training was performed on a subset of the dataset, then applied to its entirety. This strategy allowed us to (i) decrease the image analysis time by 73% and (ii) extract meaningful architectural traits based on image descriptors. We also show that these traits are sufficient to identify Quantitative Trait Loci that had previously been discovered using a semi-automated method. Conclusions: We have shown that combining semi-automated image analysis with machine learning algorithms has the power to increase the throughput of large scale root studies. We expect that such an approach will enable the quantification of more complex root systems for genetic studies. We also believe that our approach could be extended to other areas of plant phenotyping. [less ▲]

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See detailRegiospecific radiolabelling of Nanofitin on Ni Magnetic Beads with [18F]FBEM and in vivo PET studies
Dammicco, Sylvestre ULiege; Goux, Marine; Lemaire, Christian ULiege et al

in Nuclear Medicine & Biology (2017)

Introduction: Nanofitins are low molecular weight, single chain and cysteine-free protein scaffolds able to selectively bind a defined biological target. They derive from Sac7d bacterial protein family ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Nanofitins are low molecular weight, single chain and cysteine-free protein scaffolds able to selectively bind a defined biological target. They derive from Sac7d bacterial protein family and are highly stable over a wide range of pH (0-13) and temperature (Tm ~80°C). Their extreme stability, low cost of production and high tolerability for chemical coupling make Nanofitins a very interesting alternative to antibodies and their fragments. Here, a hexahistidine tagged model Nanofitin (H4) directed against hen egg white lysozyme was radiolabelled and injected in mice to provide a baseline biodistribution and pharmacokinetic profiles to support future Nanofitin development programs. Method: A single cysteine residue has been genetically inserted in a model Nanofitin and its regioselective radiolabelling has been performed with 4-[18F]fluorobenzamido-N-ethylamino-maleimide ([18F]FBEM). The synthesis of [18F]FBEM has been completely implemented on a radiosynthesis unit (FastLab) including HPLC purification and formulation. Coupling with the [18F]FBEM has been achieved on a solid support (Ni magnetic beads) allowing rapid purification at room temperature without organic solvent. PET-MRI studies on C57BL/6 mice were conducted after injection of [18F]FBEM-Cys-H4 in order to access the biodistribution of this Nanofitin model. Results: Radiochemical yield (decay corrected) of 54±7% (n=4) was obtained after optimization for coupling the [18F]FBEM to Nanofitin. Pharmacokinetics results of [18F]FBEM-Cys-H4 revealed a fast clearance through the liver and the kidneys. Conclusion: An efficient new method on Ni magnetic beads was developed to radiolabelled his-tagged biomolecules with [18F]FBEM. This procedure was applied on a Nanofitin model Cys-H4 and biodistribution kinetic studies were achieved to evaluate the potential use of Nanofitin for diagnostic imaging. Fast clearance indicates that Nanofitins represent very interesting tools for diagnostic imaging. [less ▲]

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See detailComprehensive study of the drying behavior of Boom clay:Experimental investigation and numerical modeling
Hubert, Julien ULiege; Plougonven, Erwan ULiege; Prime, Noémie et al

in International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (2017)

This paper presents a thermo-hydro-mechanical framework to model the dryingbehavior of Boom clay. First, the experimental campaign conducted Noémie Primeis briefly presented because it is used to validate ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a thermo-hydro-mechanical framework to model the dryingbehavior of Boom clay. First, the experimental campaign conducted Noémie Primeis briefly presented because it is used to validate the model. The data acquisitionand processing is emphasized because of the use of X-ray microtomography to beable to more accurately compare experimental and numerical strain fields. The dif-ferent submodels are introduced. Numerical simulations are performed to illustratethe capability of the proposed model to reproduce the observed behavior. Finally,a comprehensive sensitivity study on several key model parameters associated withthe water retention curve, and the permeability of the medium, is performed to get abetter understanding of the physics behind the coupled model. [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative polyelectrolytes/poly(ionic liquid)s for energy and environment
Ajjan, Fátima N.; Ambrogi, Martina; Tiruye, Girum Ayalneh et al

in Polymer International (2017), 66(8), 1119-1126

This manuscript presents the work carried out within the European Project RENAISSANCE-ITN, which was dedicated to the development of innovative polyelectrolytes for energy and environmental applications ... [more ▼]

This manuscript presents the work carried out within the European Project RENAISSANCE-ITN, which was dedicated to the development of innovative polyelectrolytes for energy and environmental applications. Within the project different types of innovative polyelectrolytes were synthesized such as poly(ionic liquid)s coming from renewable or natural ions, thiazolium cations, cathechol functionalities or from a new generation of cheap deep-eutectic monomers. Further, macromolecular architectures such as new poly(ionic liquid) block copolymers and new (semi)conducting polymer/polyelectrolyte complexes were also developed. As the final goal, the application of these innovative polymers in energy and environment was investigated. Important advances in energy storage technologies included the development of new carbonaceous materials, new lignin/conducting polymer biopolymer electrodes, new iongels and single-ion conducting polymer electrolytes for supercapacitors and batteries and new poly(ionic liquid) binders for batteries. On the other hand, the use of the innovative polyelectrolytes into sustainable environmental technologies led to the development of new liquid and dry water, new materials for water cleaning technologies such as floculants, oil absorbers, new recyclable organocatalysts platform and multifunctional polymer coatings with antifouling and antimicrobial properties. All in all this article demonstrates the potential of the poly(ionic liquid)s for high-value applications in Energy & Enviromental areas. [less ▲]

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See detailResponders to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in osteoarthritis: A technical analysis
MILANTS, Christophe ULiege; Bruyère, Olivier ULiege; Kaux, Jean-François ULiege

in BioMed Research International (2017)

Purpose. To evaluate the similarities and differences between the variety of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) formulations, preparation, and uses to try to determine the best responses for the treatment of knee ... [more ▼]

Purpose. To evaluate the similarities and differences between the variety of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) formulations, preparation, and uses to try to determine the best responses for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Materials and Methods. A comparison of the outcomes of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) included in the 3 most recent and high-quality meta-analyses to classify the different studies in 2 groups (bad responders group (BRG) and very good responders group (VGRG)). Results and Discussion. From the 19 RCTs analyzed, 7 trials were included in the VGRG and 4 in the BRG. In VGRG, 1 or 2 injections were performed in 4/7 trials, time between injections was 2 to 3 weeks in 4/5 studies with many injections, volume injected varied from 2.5 to 8 mL, and single spinning technique was used in 5/7 studies. PRP classification was Mishra 4B and PAWP2B𝛽 in 5/7 studies. The use of PRP with leukocytes is only found in the BRG. Conclusion. There is a lack of standardization in PRP preparation technique for knee osteoarthritis. However it appears that the use of a single spinning technique, a platelet concentration lower than 5 times the baseline, and avoidance of leukocytes should be preferred. [less ▲]

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See detailLa place des savoirs grammaticaux et lexicaux dans les référentiels de compétences (1999-2016) et dans certains manuels de langues modernes
Simons, Germain ULiege; Delbrassine, Daniel ULiege; Van Hoof, Florence ULiege et al

in Didactiques en pratique (2017), 3

Cet article propose d'abord une lecture critique des référentiels de langues modernes qui ont été en vigueur en Communauté française de Belgique entre 1999 et 2016. Y sont principalement analysés les ... [more ▼]

Cet article propose d'abord une lecture critique des référentiels de langues modernes qui ont été en vigueur en Communauté française de Belgique entre 1999 et 2016. Y sont principalement analysés les référentiels "Socles de compétences en langues modernes" et "Compétences terminales et savoirs requis en langues modernes". La deuxième partie de l'article porte sur l'analyse partielle de deux manuels, le "Nieuwe Tandem 2" et le "New Headway". Une des thèses des auteurs de l'article est que ces référentiels de compétences et ces supports didactiques peuvent accroître l'hétérogénéité des niveaux de maîtrise en langue et générer des inégalités dans l'apprentissage. L'article se termine en évoquant différentes pistes qui peuvent contribuer à limiter les risques identifiés. [less ▲]

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See detailContemporary groups in the genetic evaluation of Nellore cattle using Bayesian inference
Alves da Silva, Delvan; Fonseca e Silva, Fabyano; Torres Ventura, Henrique et al

in Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira (2017), 52(8), 643-651

The objective of this work was to evaluate the criteria for the formation of contemporary groups (CGs) in the genetic evaluation of body weight at weaning in Nellore cattle. A total of 713,474 records ... [more ▼]

The objective of this work was to evaluate the criteria for the formation of contemporary groups (CGs) in the genetic evaluation of body weight at weaning in Nellore cattle. A total of 713,474 records from 3,066 herds located in Midwestern and Northern Brazil were used. Data were obtained from the genealogical registry of zebu breeds of the Brazilian association of zebu breeders. Data structures were defined based on the number of standard deviations (SDs) for outlier removal (±2.0, ±2.5, ±3.0, and ±3.5) and on the minimal number of animals per CG (3, 7, and 15). Genetic evaluation was performed with an animal model using Bayesian inference. Data structures with ±3.5 SDs and CG with at least 15 animals presented the highest additive genetic variance (82.65±2.93), and those with ±2.0 SDs and CG with at least 3 animals showed the lowest one (60.23±1.96). The proper formation of CGs results in better-quality data archives, allowing to obtain more trustable estimates for the genetic parameters. Better selection responses are obtained when the following criteria are adopted for the removal of outliers: 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5 standard deviations and a minimum of 15 animals per contemporary group. [less ▲]

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See detailRight-sided pulmonary venous return to the inferior vena cava: an exceptional malformation.
Ellouze, Nesrine; Farhat, Nesrine; Desprechins, Brigitte ULiege et al

in Acta Cardiologica (2017), 72(4), 489-490

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See detailCompte rendu des "Extras du Cifen" : année académique 2016-2017
Guillaume, Jean-François ULiege; Van Hoof, Florence ULiege; Mouton, Alexandre ULiege et al

in Didactiques en Pratique (2017), 3

Ce compte rendu fait état de quatre activités organisées dans le cadre des "Extras du Cifen" lors de l'année académique 2016-17 : la conférence de Liana PINIAU sur la dyslexie (30/11/2016), la conférence ... [more ▼]

Ce compte rendu fait état de quatre activités organisées dans le cadre des "Extras du Cifen" lors de l'année académique 2016-17 : la conférence de Liana PINIAU sur la dyslexie (30/11/2016), la conférence d'Elisabeth BAUTIER sur le langage (9/3/2017), la conférence de Loïc GISCHER sur la prévention du harcèlement (29/03/2017), et l'atelier organisé par Alexandre Mouton sur les premiers secours (3/5/2017). [less ▲]

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See detailLa difficile jointure des directives EU anti-BEPS et des traités fiscaux
Docclo, Caroline ULiege

in Fiscologue International = Fiscoloog internationaal (2017)

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See detailCation Distribution Dependent Magnetic Properties in CoCr 2-x Fe x O 4 (x= 0.1 to 0.5): EXAFS, Mӧssbauer and Magnetic Measurements
Kumar, Durgesh; Banerjee, Alok; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege et al

in Dalton Transactions (2017), 46

In this report, we have examined the evolution of the structure and rich magnetic transitions such as a paramagnetic to ferrimagnetic phase transition at the Curie temperature (TC), spiral ordering ... [more ▼]

In this report, we have examined the evolution of the structure and rich magnetic transitions such as a paramagnetic to ferrimagnetic phase transition at the Curie temperature (TC), spiral ordering temperature (TS) and lock-in temperature (TL) observed in the CoCr2O4 spinel multiferroic after substituting Fe. The crystal structure, microstructure and cation distribution among the tetrahedral (A) and octahedral (B) sites in the spinel lattice are characterised by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Due to the same radial distances of the first coordination shell in both tetrahedral and octahedral environments observed in EXAFS spectra, the position of the second coordination shell specifies the preference of more Fe ions towards the A site at x = 0.1. At x = 0.5, more Fe ions favour the B site. The cation distribution quantitatively obtained from the Mössbauer spectral analysis shows that while 60% of Fe ions occupy the A site in x = 0.1, 40% occupy it in x = 0.5. Surprisingly at x = 0.3, Fe ions are distributed equally among the A and B sites. dc magnetization reveals an increase in TC from 102 K to 200 K and in TS from 26 to 40 K with an increase in Fe concentration, indicating an enhancement in A–B exchange interaction at the expense of B–B. No report has until now demonstrated such an enhancement in TS either in pure or in doped CoCr2O4. Furthermore, frequency-dependent ac susceptibility (χ) data fitted with different phenomenological models such as the Néel–Arrhenius, Vogel–Fulcher and power law confirm a spin-glass and/or cluster-glass behaviour in nanoparticles of CoCr2−xFexO4. [less ▲]

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See detailSpray-drying as a tool to disperse conductive carbon inside Na2FePO4F particles by addition of carbon black or carbon nanotubes to the precursor solution
Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Caes, Sebastien; Brisbois, Magali et al

in Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry (2017)

In this work, Na2FePO4F-carbon composite powders were prepared by spray-drying a solution of inorganic precursors with 10 and 20 wt% added carbon black (CB) or carbon nanotubes (CNTs). In order to compare ... [more ▼]

In this work, Na2FePO4F-carbon composite powders were prepared by spray-drying a solution of inorganic precursors with 10 and 20 wt% added carbon black (CB) or carbon nanotubes (CNTs). In order to compare the effect of CB and CNTwhen added to the precursor solutions, the structural, electrochemical, and morphological properties of the synthesized Na2FePO4F-xCB and Na2FePO4F-xCNT samples were systematically investigated. In both cases, X-ray diffraction shows that calcination at 600 °C in argon leads to the formation of Na2FePO4F as the major inorganic phase. 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy was used as complementary technique to probe the oxidation states, local environment, and identify the composition of the iron-containing phases. The electrochemical performance is markedly better in the case of Na2FePO4F-CNT (20 wt%), with specific capacities of about 100 mAh/g (Na2FePO4F-CNT) at C/4 rate vs. 50 mAh/g for Na2FePO4F-CB (20 wt%). SEM characterization of Na2FePO4F-CB particles revealed different particle morphologies for the Na2FePO4F-CNT and Na2FePO4F-CB powders. The carbon-poor surface observed for Na2FePO4FCB could be due to a slow diffusion of carbon in the droplets during drying. On the contrary, Na2FePO4F-CNT shows a better CNT dispersion inside and at the surface of the NFPF particles that improves the electrochemical performance. [less ▲]

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See detailLe maraîchage périurbain à Libreville et Owendo (Gabon) : pratiques culturales et durabilité
Bayendi-Loudit, Sandrine ULiege; Ndoutoume Ndong, Auguste; Francis, Frédéric ULiege

in Cahiers Agricultures (2017)

In Gabon, peri-urban gardening is an opportunity to provide vegetables to the main cities, such as Libreville and Owendo. Following a survey conducted in three market gardening areas, an inventory was ... [more ▼]

In Gabon, peri-urban gardening is an opportunity to provide vegetables to the main cities, such as Libreville and Owendo. Following a survey conducted in three market gardening areas, an inventory was conducted on the socio-economic characteristics, the diversity of crops, and pesticide uses. The cropped areas range from 0.08 ha to 0.4 ha per farmer, according to the site. National operators represent 51%, while people from Burkina Faso manage 40% of vegetable production. The most cultivated species throughout the year are amaranth (Amaranthus hybridus L.), lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.), Guinea sorrel (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) and black nightshade (Solanum nigrum L.). The most important pests are Aphididae and some beetles. The most commonly used plant protection products are insecticides, mainly conventional neurotoxic. Best crop monitoring, pest control including pesticide application reduction, and the possibility to offer microcredit systems to small producers would help increasing peri-urban healthy vegetable production and increase local food autonomy [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and complexation of superbulky imidazolium-2-dithiocarboxylate ligands
Beltran Alvarez, Tomás Francisco ULiege; Zaragoza, Guillermo; Delaude, Lionel ULiege

in Dalton Transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003) (2017), 46(28), 9036-9048

The superbulky N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) 2,6-bis(diphenylmethyl)-4-methylimidazol-2-ylidene (IDip*Me) and its 4-methoxy analogue (IDip*OMe) reacted instantaneously with carbon disulfide to afford the ... [more ▼]

The superbulky N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) 2,6-bis(diphenylmethyl)-4-methylimidazol-2-ylidene (IDip*Me) and its 4-methoxy analogue (IDip*OMe) reacted instantaneously with carbon disulfide to afford the corresponding imidazolium-2-dithiocarboxylate zwitterions in high yields. These new dithiolate ligands were fully characterized and their coordination chemistry toward common Re(i) and Ru(ii) metal sources was thoroughly investigated. Neutral [ReBr(CO)3(S2C[middle dot]NHC)] chelates featured three facially-arranged carbonyl groups on a distorted octahedron, whereas cationic [RuCl(p-cymene)(S2C[middle dot]NHC)]PF6 complexes displayed a piano-stool geometry. The molecular structures of the six new compounds revealed that the NHC[middle dot]CS2 inner salts were highly flexible. Indeed, the torsion angle between their anionic and cationic moieties varied between ca. 63[degree] in the free ligands and 3[degree] in the ruthenium complexes. Concomitantly, the S-C-S bite angle underwent a contraction from 131[degree] to 110-113[degree] upon chelation. Computation of the %VBur parameter showed that the dithiocarboxylate unit of the NHC[middle dot]CS2 betaines chiefly determined the steric requirements of the imidazolium moieties, irrespective of the metal center involved in the complexation. The replacement of the p-methyl substituents of IDip*Me with p-methoxy groups in IDip*OMe did not significantly affect the ligand bulkiness. The more electron-donating methoxy group led, however, to small changes in various IR wavenumbers used to probe the electron donor properties of the carbene moiety. [less ▲]

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See detailOccupational social and mental stimulation and cognitive decline with advancing age
Grotz, Catherine ULiege; Meillon, Céline; Amieva, Hélène et al

in Age and Ageing (2017)

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See detailDeep imaging search for planets forming in the TW Hya protoplanetary disk with the Keck/NIRC2 vortex coronagraph
Ruane, G.; Mawet, D.; Kastner, J. et al

in Astronomical Journal (The) (2017), 154

Distinct gap features in the nearest protoplanetary disk, TW Hya (distance of 59.5$\pm$0.9 pc), may be signposts of ongoing planet formation. We performed long-exposure thermal infrared coronagraphic ... [more ▼]

Distinct gap features in the nearest protoplanetary disk, TW Hya (distance of 59.5$\pm$0.9 pc), may be signposts of ongoing planet formation. We performed long-exposure thermal infrared coronagraphic imaging observations to search for accreting planets especially within dust gaps previously detected in scattered light and submm-wave thermal emission. Three nights of observations with the Keck/NIRC2 vortex coronagraph in $L^\prime$ (3.4-4.1$\mu$m) did not reveal any statistically significant point sources. We thereby set strict upper limits on the masses of non-accreting planets. In the four most prominent disk gaps at 24, 41, 47, and 88 au, we obtain upper mass limits of 1.6-2.3, 1.1-1.6, 1.1-1.5, and 1.0-1.2 Jupiter masses ($M_J$) assuming an age range of 7-10 Myr for TW Hya. These limits correspond to the contrast at 95\% completeness (true positive fraction of 0.95) with a 1\% chance of a false positive within $1^{\prime\prime}$ of the star. We also approximate an upper limit on the product of planet mass and planetary accretion rate of $M_p\dot{M}\lesssim10^{-8} M_J^2/yr$ implying that any putative $\sim0.1 M_J$ planet, which could be responsible for opening the 24 au gap, is presently accreting at rates insufficient to build up a Jupiter mass within TW Hya's pre-main sequence lifetime. [less ▲]

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See detailIs supercritical fluid chromatography hyphenated to massspectrometry suitable for the quality control of vitamin D3 oilyformulations?
Andri, Bertyl ULiege; Dispas, Amandine ULiege; Klinkenberg, Régis et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2017), 1515

Nowadays, many efforts are devoted to improve analytical methods regarding efficiency, analysis timeand greenness. In this context, Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC) is often regarded as a ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, many efforts are devoted to improve analytical methods regarding efficiency, analysis timeand greenness. In this context, Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC) is often regarded as a goodalternative over Normal Phase Liquid Chromatography (NPLC). Indeed, modern SFC separations arefast, efficient with suitable quantitative performances. Moreover, the hyphenation of SFC to mass spec-trometry (MS) provides additional gains in specificity and sensitivity. The present work aims at thedetermination of vitamin D3 by SFC-MS for routine Quality Control (QC) of medicines specifically. Basedon the chromatographic parameters previously defined in SFC-UV by Design of Experiments (DoE) andDesign Space methodology, the method was adapted to work under isopycnic conditions ensuring a base-line separation of the compounds. Afterwards, the response provided by the MS detector was optimizedby means of DoE methodology associated to desirability functions. Using these optimal MS parameters,quantitative performances of the SFC-MS method were challenged by means of total error approachmethod validation. The resulting accuracy profile demonstrated the full validity of the SFC-MS method. It was indeed possible to meet the specification established by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (i.e. 95.0 − 105.0% of the API content) for a dosing range corresponding to at least 70.0-130.0% of theAPI content. These results highlight the possibility to use SFC-MS for the QC of medicine and obviouslysupport the switch to greener analytical methods. [less ▲]

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See detailMapping the dependency of crops on pollinators in Belgium
Jacquemin, Floriane ULiege; Violle, Cyrille; Rasmont, Pierre et al

in One Ecosystem (2017)

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See detailEvaluating model simulations of 20th century sea-level rise. Part 1: Global mean sea-level change
Slangen, A.; Meyssignac, B.; Agosta, Cécile ULiege et al

in Journal of Climate (2017)

Sea-level change is one of the major consequences of climate change and is projected to affect coastal communities around the world. Here, we compare Global Mean Sea-Level (GMSL) change estimated by 12 ... [more ▼]

Sea-level change is one of the major consequences of climate change and is projected to affect coastal communities around the world. Here, we compare Global Mean Sea-Level (GMSL) change estimated by 12 climate models from the 5th phase of the World Climate Research Programme’s Climate Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) to observational estimates for the period 1900-2015. We analyse observed and simulated individual contributions to GMSL change (thermal expansion, glacier mass change, ice sheet mass change, landwater storage change) and compare the summed simulated contributions to observed GMSL change over the period 1900-2007 using tide gauge reconstructions, and over the period 1993-2015 using satellite altimetry estimates. The model-simulated contributions allow us to explain 50 ± 30% (uncertainties 1.65σ unless indicated otherwise) of the mean observed change from 1901-1920 to 1988-2007. Based on attributable biases between observations and models, we propose to add a number of corrections, which result in an improved explanation of 75 ± 38% of the observed change. For the satellite era (1993-1997 to 2011-2015) we find an improved budget closure of 102 ± 33% (105 ± 35% when including the proposed bias corrections). Simulated decadal trends over the 20th century increase, both in the thermal expansion and the combined mass contributions (glaciers, ice sheets and landwater storage). The mass components explain the majority of sea-level rise over the 20th century, but the thermal expansion has increasingly contributed to sea-level rise, starting from 1910 onwards and in 2015 accounting for 46% of the total simulated sea-level change. [less ▲]

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See detailShape and spin determination of Barbarian asteroids
Devogele, Maxime ULiege; Tanga, P.; Bendjoya, P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2017)

The so-called Barbarian asteroids share peculiar, but common polarimetric properties, probably related to both their shape and composition. They are named after (234) Barbara, the first on which such ... [more ▼]

The so-called Barbarian asteroids share peculiar, but common polarimetric properties, probably related to both their shape and composition. They are named after (234) Barbara, the first on which such properties were identified. As has been suggested, large scale topographic features could play a role in the polarimetric response, if the shapes of Barbarians are particularly irregular and present a variety of scattering/incidence angles. This idea is supported by the shape of (234) Barbara, that appears to be deeply excavated by wide concave areas revealed by photometry and stellar occultations. Aims. With these motivations, we started an observation campaign to characterise the shape and rotation properties of Small Main- Belt Asteroid Spectroscopic Survey (SMASS) type L and Ld asteroids. As many of them show long rotation periods, we activated a worldwide network of observers to obtain a dense temporal coverage. Methods. We used light-curve inversion technique in order to determine the sidereal rotation periods of 15 asteroids and the con- vergence to a stable shape and pole coordinates for 8 of them. By using available data from occultations, we are able to scale some shapes to an absolute size. We also study the rotation periods of our sample looking for confirmation of the suspected abundance of asteroids with long rotation periods. Results. Our results show that the shape models of our sample do not seem to have peculiar properties with respect to asteroids with similar size, while an excess of slow rotators is most probably confirmed. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-assembly processes of superparamagnetic colloids in a quasi-two-dimensional system
Rojas, Nicolas; Darras, Alexis ULiege; Lumay, Geoffroy ULiege

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2017), 96(1), 012608

Superparamagnetic colloids gather depending on the magnitude of the magnetic field applied, forming chains and ribbons in a quasi-two-dimensional chamber. The results presented in this work are in good ... [more ▼]

Superparamagnetic colloids gather depending on the magnitude of the magnetic field applied, forming chains and ribbons in a quasi-two-dimensional chamber. The results presented in this work are in good agreement with recent experimental multistable data for the mean length of the aggregates in thermodynamic equilibrium. [less ▲]

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See detailDo Management and Executive Share the same Perception on the critical Issues Facing the Frontline Nursing Staff ?
Nyssen, Anne-Sophie ULiege; GILLET, Aline ULiege; Sougné, Jacques ULiege et al

in International Journal of Healthcare Management (2017)

Changes in managerial practices increasingly distance managers from staff by promoting rotation. It could be thought that this distance changes the perception managers have of work constraints and ... [more ▼]

Changes in managerial practices increasingly distance managers from staff by promoting rotation. It could be thought that this distance changes the perception managers have of work constraints and resources. This study attempts to tackle staff and leadership disparate views on the issues facing front-line nursing staff. We sent an online questionnaire on work constraints and good practices to nursing chiefs from Belgium hospitals and conducted focus groups with their ‘front-line’ nursing staff in order to compare perceptions. 40% of the chief nurses mentioned as a regular problems for their staff: production pressure, working time, doctors–nurses collaboration and managing new staff. Except for the ‘productive pressure’, these issues are rather considered by the staff as occasional problems. Front-line staffs evaluate infrastructure, heat, working positions as more common problems. However, statistical analyses showed one significant difference in perception: management of incidents/accidents. Health care organizations should promote participatory management tools both to diagnose work constraints and to elaborate action priorities in order to guarantee a shared understanding of decisions making between staff and supervisors. [less ▲]

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See detailAcromegaly at diagnosis in 3173 patients from the Liege Acromegaly Survey (LAS) database.
PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULiege; Daly, Adrian ULiege; Natchev, Emil et al

in Endocrine-Related Cancer (2017)

Acromegaly is a rare disorder caused by chronic growth hormone (GH) hypersecretion. While diagnostic and therapeutic methods have advanced, little information exists on trends in acromegaly ... [more ▼]

Acromegaly is a rare disorder caused by chronic growth hormone (GH) hypersecretion. While diagnostic and therapeutic methods have advanced, little information exists on trends in acromegaly characteristics over time. The Liege Acromegaly Survey (LAS) database, a relational database, is designed to assess the profile of acromegaly patients at diagnosis and during long-term follow-up at multiple treatment centers. The study population consisted of 3173 acromegaly patients from ten countries; 54.5% were female. Males were significantly younger at diagnosis than females (43.5 vs. 46.4 years; p<0.001). The median delay from first symptoms to diagnosis was two years longer in females (p=0.015). Ages at diagnosis and first symptoms increased significantly over time (p<0.001). Tumors were larger in males than females (p<0.001); tumor size and invasion were inversely related to patient age (p<0.001). Random GH at diagnosis correlated with nadir GH levels during OGTT (p<0.001). GH was inversely related to age in both sexes (p<0.001). Diabetes mellitus was present in 27.5%, hypertension in 28.8%, sleep apnea syndrome in 25.5% and cardiac hypertrophy in 15.5%. Serious cardiovascular outcomes like stroke, heart failure and myocardial infarction were present in <5% at diagnosis. Erythrocyte levels were increased and correlated with IGF-1 values. Thyroid nodules were frequent (34.0%); 820 patients had colonoscopy at diagnosis and 13% had polyps. Osteoporosis was present at diagnosis in 12.3% and 0.6-4.4% had experienced a fracture. This study of >3100 patients is the largest international acromegaly database and shows clinically relevant trends in the characteristics of acromegaly at diagnosis. [less ▲]

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See detailTypical versus delayed speech onset influences verbal reporting of autistic interests
Chiodo, Liliane ULiege; Majerus, Steve ULiege; Mottron, Laurent

in Molecular Autism (2017)

The distinction between autism and Asperger syndrome has been abandoned in the DSM-5. However, this clinical categorization largely overlaps with the presence or absence of a speech onset delay which is ... [more ▼]

The distinction between autism and Asperger syndrome has been abandoned in the DSM-5. However, this clinical categorization largely overlaps with the presence or absence of a speech onset delay which is associated with clinical, cognitive, and neural differences. It is unknown whether these different speech development pathways and associated cognitive differences are involved in the heterogeneity of the restricted interests that characterize autistic adults. [less ▲]

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