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See detailThe science case for the Planet Formation Imager (PFI)
Kraus, S.; Monnier, J.; Harries, T. et al

in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (2014), 9146

Among the most fascinating and hotly-debated areas in contemporary astrophysics are the means by which planetary systems are assembled from the large rotating disks of gas and dust which attend a stellar ... [more ▼]

Among the most fascinating and hotly-debated areas in contemporary astrophysics are the means by which planetary systems are assembled from the large rotating disks of gas and dust which attend a stellar birth. Although important work has already been, and is still being done both in theory and observation, a full understanding of the physics of planet formation can only be achieved by opening observational windows able to directly witness the process in action. The key requirement is then to probe planet-forming systems at the natural spatial scales over which material is being assembled. By definition, this is the so-called Hill Sphere which delineates the region of influence of a gravitating body within its surrounding environment. The Planet Formation Imager project (PFI; http://www.planetformationimager.org) has crystallized around this challenging goal: to deliver resolved images of Hill-Sphere-sized structures within candidate planethosting disks in the nearest star-forming regions. In this contribution we outline the primary science case of PFI. For this purpose, we briefly review our knowledge about the planet-formation process and discuss recent observational results that have been obtained on the class of transition disks. Spectro-photometric and multi-wavelength interferometric studies of these systems revealed the presence of extended gaps and complex density inhomogeneities that might be triggered by orbiting planets. We present detailed 3-D radiation-hydrodynamic simulations of disks with single and multiple embedded planets, from which we compute synthetic images at near-infrared, mid-infrared, far-infrared, and sub-millimeter wavelengths, enabling a direct comparison of the signatures that are detectable with PFI and complementary facilities such as ALMA. From these simulations, we derive some preliminary specifications that will guide the array design and technology roadmap of the facility. © 2014 SPIE. [less ▲]

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See detailObservational Asteroseismology of Hot Subdwarf Stars with the Mont4K/Kuiper Combination at the Steward Observatory Mount Bigelow Station
Fontaine, Gilles; Green, Elizabeth M.; Charpinet, Stéphane et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2014), 481

In the last few years, we have carried out several extensive observational campaigns on pulsating hot subdwarf stars using the Mont4K CCD camera attached to the 1.55 m Kuiper Telescope on Mount Bigelow ... [more ▼]

In the last few years, we have carried out several extensive observational campaigns on pulsating hot subdwarf stars using the Mont4K CCD camera attached to the 1.55 m Kuiper Telescope on Mount Bigelow. The Mont4K is a joint partnership between the University of Arizona and Universite ́ de Montre ́al. It was designed and built at Steward Observatory. Using the Mont4K/Kuiper combination, we have so far, and among others, gathered high-sensitivity broadband light curves for PG 1219+534, PB8783, HS 0702+6043, and Feige 48. We report very briefly on some of the most interesting observational results that came out of these campaigns. [less ▲]

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See detailQuadrupole splitting and isomer shifts in Te oxides investigated using nuclear forward scattering
Klobes, B.; Barrier, N.; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Hyperfine Interactions (2014), 226(1-3), 713-719

Nuclear forward scattering by 125Te is a viable alternative to conventional 125Te Mössbauer spectroscopy avoiding all source related issues. Using reference compounds with known hyperfine parameters and ... [more ▼]

Nuclear forward scattering by 125Te is a viable alternative to conventional 125Te Mössbauer spectroscopy avoiding all source related issues. Using reference compounds with known hyperfine parameters and Te oxides exhibiting stereochemically active lone pairs, we show that nuclear forward scattering by 125Te can be reliably used to extract quadrupole splitting energy and relative isomer shift. The rough correlation between Te-Ocoordination and quadrupole splitting energy as put forward by Takeda and Greenwood (J. Chem. Soc. Dalton, 2207, 1975), is corroborated by the presented results. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation du nombre de résidents en maison de retraite médicalisée bénéficiant d'une supplémentation en vitamine D
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Cavalier, Etienne ULg et al

in Cahiers de l'Année Gérontologique (Les) (2014), 6(Suppl. 1), 68

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See detailA volatile sex pheromone in the invasive ladybeetle Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)
Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg; Durieux, Delphine ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2014), 79(1), 79-81

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See detailBiochemical composition of cartilage with naturally occurring defects in the ovine femora-tibial joint
Matagne, A; Clegg, P; Tew, S et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(S2), 173

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See detailEffects of a commercial formulation of a plant resistance elicitor on non-target organisms
Jansen, Jean-Pierre; Buenotesta, Raphaël; Schiffers, Bruno ULg

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2014), 103

The toxicity of Fyto11, a plant resistance elicitor commercial formulation used to increase the natural resistance of Cucurbitaceae (cucumber, zucchini and melon) and Solanaceae (tomato and sweet pepper ... [more ▼]

The toxicity of Fyto11, a plant resistance elicitor commercial formulation used to increase the natural resistance of Cucurbitaceae (cucumber, zucchini and melon) and Solanaceae (tomato and sweet pepper) against powdery mildew under greenhouse conditions, has been assessed on several beneficial arthropods: the honeybee Apis mellifera, the predatory miteTyphlodromus pyri, the aphid parasitic wasp Aphidius rhopalosiphi and the aphid predator Episyrphus balteatus. Tested at 0.5% and 1.0% spray dilution on plants, Fyto11 did not lead to significant corrected mortalities for E. balteatus larvae and adult wasps of A. rhopalosiphi, with a maximum of 5.4% mortality. No effects on reproduction capacity of the parasitic wasps were observed. The exposure of T. pyri protonymphs to Fyto11 on glass plates lead to corrected mortalities of 1.1% and 32.6% at 0.5% and 1.0% and to a reduction of female fertility of 9.0% and 25.4%, compared to the control performance. When assessed on the honeybee by contact and oral exposure, Fyto11 did not lead to significant effects, with LD50 estimated as > 10 μg a.i./bee (oral) and 12.5 μg a.i./bee (contact), leading to HQ ratio < 50 and classifying the product at no or low risk for honeybees. These results showed that the product was harmless for all beneficials at the proposed commercial rate, except for T. pyri at 1.0% on glass plates, where the product was rated as slightly harmful. Even if all the beneficial species’ diversity has not been assessed with this product, negative effects on non-target organisms are not expected in field conditions and Fyto11 can be considered as compatible with IPM programs. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution over two years of functional and motor abilities among nursing home residents
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Slomian, Justine ULg et al

in Journal of Frailty & Aging (2014), 3(1), 45

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See detailEtudes préliminaires sur le bâtiment du Néolithique final des "Vaux" à Moulins-sur-Céphons (Indre) : Activités, utilisation et fonction
Hamon, T.; Rodot, M.-A.; Bourne, S. et al

in Revue Archéologique du Centre de la France (2014)

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See detailSleep loss changes executive brain responses in the wake maintenance zone
Jaspar, Mathieu ULg; Meyer, Christelle ULg; Muto, Vincenzo ULg et al

in Journal of Sleep Research (2014), 23(1), 61

Objectives: Brain mechanisms underlying executive processes are regulated by circadian and sleep homeostatic processes. Furthermore, during sleep deprivation (SD), cognitive performance and neural ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Brain mechanisms underlying executive processes are regulated by circadian and sleep homeostatic processes. Furthermore, during sleep deprivation (SD), cognitive performance and neural responses are differentially modulated by a clock gene PERIOD3 polymorphism. Here, we investigated interindividual differences on executive brain responses under SD. Critically, we focused on the circadian evening wake maintenance zone (WMZ), a key time-point for sleep-wake regulation. Methods: Thirty healthy young volunteers, genotyped for the PER3 polymorphism (10 PER3 5/5; 20 PER3 4/4 homozygotes), underwent 42-h SD under constant routine conditions. They performed a 3-back working memory task in 13 successive fMRI sessions. To compare neural activity in the WMZ before and during SD, sessions were realigned according to individual dim light melatonin onset. Results: We tested for a group (PER3 5/5 > PER3 4/4) by session effect (WMZ before vs. during SD). From the fi rst evening WMZ (i.e. during a normal waking day) to the second (i.e. following 40 h of continuous waking), PER3 5/5 individuals relative to PER3 4/4 showed significantly larger increase in responses in the left mid-cingulate, bilateral precuneus and thalamus. Interestingly, these regions are involved in executive processes and arousal regulation (thalamus). Conclusions: These results show that the strong circadian wake-maintenance signal depends on sleep pressure, in a PER3-genotype dependent manner. Interestingly, pronounced genotype differences were observed in the thalamus, an area that compensates potential lower cortical activity under SD. [less ▲]

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See detailDEM time series of an agricultural watershed
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Swerts, Gilles ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2014), 16

the field data come from plot scale studies, the watershed scale seems to be more appropriate to understand them. Currently, small unmanned aircraft systems and images treatments are improving. In this ... [more ▼]

the field data come from plot scale studies, the watershed scale seems to be more appropriate to understand them. Currently, small unmanned aircraft systems and images treatments are improving. In this way, 3D models are built from multiple covering shots. When techniques for large areas would be to expensive for a watershed level study or techniques for small areas would be too time consumer, the unmanned aerial system seems to be a promising solution to quantify the erosion and deposition patterns. The increasing technical improvements in this growth field allow us to obtain a really good quality of data and a very high spatial resolution with a high Z accuracy. In the center of Belgium, we equipped an agricultural watershed of 124 ha. For three years (2011-2013), we have been monitoring weather (including rainfall erosivity using a spectropluviograph), discharge at three different locations, sediment in runoff water, and watershed microtopography through unmanned airborne imagery (Gatewing X100). We also collected all available historical data to try to capture the “long-term” changes in watershed morphology during the last decades: old topography maps, soil historical descriptions, etc. An erosion model (LANDSOIL) is also used to assess the evolution of the relief. Short-term evolution of the surface are now observed through flights done at 200m height. The pictures are taken with a side overlap equal to 80%. To precisely georeference the DEM produced, ground control points are placed on the study site and surveyed using a Leica GPS1200 (accuracy of 1cm for x and y coordinates and 1.5cm for the z coordinate). Flights are done each year in December to have an as bare as possible ground surface. Specific treatments are developed to counteract vegetation effect because it is know as key sources of error in the DEM produced by small unmanned aircraft systems. The poster will present the older and more recent changes of relief in this intensely exploited watershed and notably show how unmanned airborne imagery might be of help in DEM dynamic modelling to support soil conservation research. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrostructures and Mechanical Properties of Stainless Steel AISI 316L Processed by Selective Laser Melting
Mertens, Anne ULg; Reginster, Sylvie ULg; Contrepois, Quentin et al

in Materials Science Forum (2014), 783-786 (2014)

In this study, samples of stainless steel AISI 316L have been processed by selective laser melting, a layer-by-layer near-net-shape process allowing for an economic production of complex parts. The ... [more ▼]

In this study, samples of stainless steel AISI 316L have been processed by selective laser melting, a layer-by-layer near-net-shape process allowing for an economic production of complex parts. The resulting microstructures have been characterised in details in order to reach a better understanding of the solidification and consolidation processes. The influence of the processing parameters on the mechanical properties was investigated by means of uniaxial tensile testing performed on samples produced with different main orientations with respect to the building direction. A strong anisotropy of the mechanical behaviour was thus interpreted in relation with the microstructures and the processing conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailBioactive Intraocular Lens – A Strategy to Control Secondary Cataract
Huang, Yi-Shiang ULg; Bertrand, Virginie ULg; Bozukova, Dimitriya et al

in IFMBE Proceedings (2014), 41

Cataract is the opacity of the lens, causing impairment of vision or even blindness. Today, a surgery is still the only available treatment. The intraocular lens (IOL) is a polymer implant designed to ... [more ▼]

Cataract is the opacity of the lens, causing impairment of vision or even blindness. Today, a surgery is still the only available treatment. The intraocular lens (IOL) is a polymer implant designed to replace the natural lens in the cataract surgery. However, the bioinert materials could not satisfy the unmet need in the secondary cataract control. Posterior capsular opacification (PCO, or Secondary Cataract), characterized by a thick and cloudy layer of lens epithelial cells (LECs), is the most common postoperative complication. In our research, a bioactive molecule is immobilized onto the conventional acrylic hydrophilic polymer pHEMA (Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)) using oxygen plasma treatment followed by deposition. The RGD peptide sequence, being well-known for its ability to promote cellular attachment by binding to integrin receptors, is designed to stimulate the adhesion of LECs on the IOL. Our data show the peptide immobilized biomaterial not only exhibits similar optical property, but also reveals enhanced biological properties in cell adhesion and cell morphology maintenance. By means of surface functionalization of IOL to stimulate LECs adhesion, the secondary cataract could be controlled. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple myeloma cells instruct myeloid-derived suppressor cells to release pro-angiogenic cytokines
Binsfeld, Marilène ULg; Heusschen, Roy ULg; Lamour, Virginie et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2014)

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See detailThe metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for postoperative obstructive apnoea and hypoxaemia in morbidly obese patients: 5AP3-1
Devillers, H.; HANS, Grégory ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg et al

in European Journal of Anaesthesiology (EJA) (2014), 31

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See detailFunctional connectivity and recognition of familiar faces in Alzheimer’s disease
Kurth, Sophie ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Moyse, Evelyne ULg et al

in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2014)

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See detailEvolution sur deux ans des capacités fonctionnelles et motrices de sujets âgés résidant en maison de repos
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Slomian, Justine ULg et al

in Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement (2014), 12(1), 57-58

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See detailNitrogen fertilisation recommendations : could they be improved using stochastically generated climates in conjunction with crop models ?
Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Basso, Bruno; Meza Morales, Walter ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 12th ICPA (2014)

Accurate determination of optimal Nitrogen (N) recommendations which ensure maximization of farmer's revenue while minimizing the environmental constraint is maybe among the major challenges in ... [more ▼]

Accurate determination of optimal Nitrogen (N) recommendations which ensure maximization of farmer's revenue while minimizing the environmental constraint is maybe among the major challenges in agriculture. Crop models have the potential to deal with such aspects and could thus be used to develop decision support systems. However unknown future weather conditions remains the key point of accurate yield forecast. This paper presents the results of a preliminary study that aims to supply the unknown future with stochastically generated climatic conditions. Coupling the methodology with appropriate decision rules led to a generic decision support system able to guide the N management practices. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental study on dehumidification/regeneration of liquid desiccant: LiBr solution
Bouzenada, Smain Nasr Eddine; Kaabi, Abdennacer N; Fraikin, Laurent ULg et al

in Procedia Computer Science (2014), 32

The growing demand for air conditioning has caused a significant increase in demand for energy resources. The traditional commercial, non natural working fluids, like CFC, HCFC and HFC result in both ... [more ▼]

The growing demand for air conditioning has caused a significant increase in demand for energy resources. The traditional commercial, non natural working fluids, like CFC, HCFC and HFC result in both ozone depletion and global warming emission of CO2. The use of hygroscopic salts in direct contact with moist air provides an attractive alternative to conventional cooling systems. The liquid desiccant can substitute the dangerous fluids. The main operations in Liquid Desiccant Cooling System (LDCS) are dehumidification and regeneration. This paper presents an experimental study of dehumidification/regeneration processes using LiBr as liquid desiccant in direct contact with the air at different operating conditions. An analysis of the mass transfer is made in order to prove is this material is the best liquid desiccant for LDCS. Experimental results showed the effect of air conditions on mass transfer. It can be seen that LiBr is able to absorb moisture and can be regenerated at low temperature. © 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailOdanacatib anti-fracture efficacy and safety in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis: results from the phase III long-term odanacatib fracture trial
McClung, MR; Langdahl, B; Papapoulos, S et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(5), 573-575

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See detailEfficient combination of pairwise feature networks
Bellot, Pau; Meyer, Patrick ULg

in JMLR: Workshop and Conference Proceedings (2014)

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See detailLa loutre en France et Navarre
Pigneur, Lise-Marie; Marc, Daniel; Fournier, Pascal et al

in Bulletin de liaison des Mammalogistes de Midi-Pyrénées (2014)

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See detailSome features of bulk melt-textured high-temperature superconductors subjected to alternating magnetic fields
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Molenberg, Isabel ULg; Simeonova, Pavlina et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2014), 558

Monolithic, large grain, (RE)Ba2Cu3O7 high-temperature superconductors (where RE denotes a rare-earth ion) are known to be able to trap fields in excess of several teslas and represent thus an extremely ... [more ▼]

Monolithic, large grain, (RE)Ba2Cu3O7 high-temperature superconductors (where RE denotes a rare-earth ion) are known to be able to trap fields in excess of several teslas and represent thus an extremely promising competing technology for permanent magnet in several applications, e.g. in motors and generators. In any rotating machine, however, the superconducting permanent magnet is subjected to variable (transient, or alternating) parasitic magnetic fields. These magnetic fields interact with the superconductor, which yields a reduction of the remnant magnetization. In the present work we quantify these effects by analysing selected experimental data on bulk melt-textured superconductors subjected to AC fields. Our results indicate that the non-uniformity of superconducting properties in rather large samples might lead to unusual features and need to be taken into account to analyse the experimental data. We also investigate the evolution of the DC remnant magnetization of the bulk sample when it is subjected to a large number of AC magnetic field cycles, and investigate the experimental errors that result from a misorientation of the sample or a mispositioning of the Hall probe. The time-dependence of the remnant magnetization over 100000 cycles of the AC field is shown to display distinct regimes which all differ strongly from the usual decay due to magnetic relaxation. [less ▲]

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See detailToward redesigning the relationship between farming systems and biodiversity conservation
Brédart, David ULg; Denayer, Dorothée ULg; Mormont, Marc ULg

in Proceedings of the 11th European IFSA Symposium. Farming systems facing global challenges: capacities and strategies. (2014)

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See detailPlanet Formation Imager (PFI): Introduction and technical considerations
Monnier, J. D.; Kraus, S.; Buscher, D. et al

in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (2014), 9146

Complex non-linear and dynamic processes lie at the heart of the planet formation process. Through numerical simulation and basic observational constraints, the basics of planet formation are now coming ... [more ▼]

Complex non-linear and dynamic processes lie at the heart of the planet formation process. Through numerical simulation and basic observational constraints, the basics of planet formation are now coming into focus. High resolution imaging at a range of wavelengths will give us a glimpse into the past of our own solar system and enable a robust theoretical framework for predicting planetary system architectures around a range of stars surrounded by disks with a diversity of initial conditions. Only long-baseline interferometry can provide the needed angular resolution and wavelength coverage to reach these goals and from here we launch our planning efforts. The aim of the "Planet Formation Imager" (PFI) project is to develop the roadmap for the construction of a new near-/mid-infrared interferometric facility that will be optimized to unmask all the major stages of planet formation, from initial dust coagulation, gap formation, evolution of transition disks, mass accretion onto planetary embryos, and eventual disk dispersal. PFI will be able to detect the emission of the cooling, newlyformed planets themselves over the first 100 Myrs, opening up both spectral investigations and also providing a vibrant look into the early dynamical histories of planetary architectures. Here we introduce the Planet Formation Imager (PFI) Project (www.planetformationimager.org) and give initial thoughts on possible facility architectures and technical advances that will be needed to meet the challenging top-level science requirements. © 2014 SPIE. [less ▲]

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See detailSafety and tolerability of odanacatib therapy in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis: results from the phase III long-term odanacatib fracture trial
Papapoulos, S; McClung, MR; Langdahl, B et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(5), 604-605

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See detailQuality of life benefits of knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis
NEUPREZ, Audrey ULg; François, Garance ULg; KURTH, William ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 40

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See detailFurther reduction in nonvertebral fracture rate is observed following 3 years of denosumab treatment: results with up to 7 years in the freedom extension
Ferrari, S; Adachi, JD; Lippuner, K et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 56

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See detailAlgorithm for the symptomatic and structural treatment of osteoarthritis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(5), 564

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See detailEstimating Relative Change in Ventricular Stroke Work from Aortic Pressure Alone: Proof of Concept Study
Kamoi, Shun; Pretty, Christopher; Chiew, Yeong Shiong et al

in Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering (2014)

Continuous Ventricular Stroke Work (VSW) estimation requires accurate estimate of both stroke volume and aortic pressure. However, accurate beat-to-beat stroke volume measurement is highly invasive and ... [more ▼]

Continuous Ventricular Stroke Work (VSW) estimation requires accurate estimate of both stroke volume and aortic pressure. However, accurate beat-to-beat stroke volume measurement is highly invasive and thus typically unavailable in clinical practice. This study analyses the accuracy of a model-based method estimating relative change in VSW using only aortic pressure measurements. Using data from porcine experiment, the correlation coefficient was determined between the relative change of VSW from directly measured data and the model-based estimate of VSW. The result showed good agreement with, R=0.71. The model accurately captured the trend of VSW using only aortic pressure measurements and thus offers significant clinical value in early diagnosis and improving care for cardiovascular dysfunction. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociation entre la masse musculaire totale et la densité minérale osseuse de la hanche
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Slomian, Justine ULg et al

in Cahiers de l'Année Gérontologique (Les) (2014), 6(Suppl. 1), 125-6

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See detailEconomic evaluation of an osteoporosis screening campaign: using FRAX as a prescreening tool
Hiligsmann, Mickaël ULg; Ben Sedrine, Wafa ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 38-39

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See detailImpact of components of the metabolic syndrome on progression of knee osteoarthritis in the Sekoia study
Parsons, C; Edwards, MH; Eymard, F et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 230

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See detailPrecision and Accuracy of Asteroseismology Applied to sdB stars Using the Forward Modeling Method
Charpinet, Stéphane; Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Brassard, Pierre et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2014), 481

Detailed seismic studies of hot B subdwarf (sdB) stars using the forward modeling approach provide measurements of their fundamental parameters at very interesting precisions. For instance, masses, radii ... [more ▼]

Detailed seismic studies of hot B subdwarf (sdB) stars using the forward modeling approach provide measurements of their fundamental parameters at very interesting precisions. For instance, masses, radii, and log g values derived this way are typically claimed at ∼ 1 − 2%, ∼ 0.5%, and ∼ 0.1 % precision, respectively. However, this method relies on still imperfect stellar models that contains various uncertainties associated with their inner structure and the underlying microphysics. A signature of these imperfections is the inability of current best-fit seismic models to reproduce all the observed oscillation frequencies at the precision of the observations. Therefore, the question of the accuracy (as opposed to the precision) of the derived parameters obtained from this approach is legitimate. Here, we revisit the question of precision and accuracy based on new, third generation, complete static models of sdB stars developed for asteroseismology and applied to the case of the eclipsing system PG 1336-018. This allows us to evaluate the reliability of the method and quantify the impact of various uncertainties in the stellar models on the derived stellar parameters. Finally, we discuss the intrinsic potential of asteroseismology for precise measurements of stellar parameters and show that we are far from having fully exploited this technique in terms of precision that can, in principle, be achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailLes récits numériques : de nouvelles formes narratives ?
Hurel, Pierre-Yves ULg

in L'espace de publication de Culture Numérique (2014)

Face aux discours techno-enthousiastes sur les innovations des récits numériques, des études de l’hyperfiction cherchent à définir les nouveautés réelles apportées par le média informatique. Cet article ... [more ▼]

Face aux discours techno-enthousiastes sur les innovations des récits numériques, des études de l’hyperfiction cherchent à définir les nouveautés réelles apportées par le média informatique. Cet article s’inscrit dans ce courant en comparant les récits interactifs numériques aux non-numériques, tels que les jeux de rôle, le théâtre expérimental ou les livres dont vous êtes le héros. Cette comparaison se fait en deux temps : d’abord le rapprochement par les caractéristiques narratives, puis la distinction par les spécificités des supports. Elle nuance le caractère nouveau de l’arborescence, de l’émergence, de l’hybridation de l’avatar et de spatialité ; et cherche à déterminer des caractéristiques propres au numérique. [less ▲]

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See detailToward modelization of quark and gluon transversity generalized parton distributions
Pire, Bernard; Semenov-Tyan-Shanskiy, Kirill ULg; Szymanowski, Lech et al

in PoS - Proceedings of Science (2014), PoS DIS2014

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See detailMode Identification in Subdwarf B Stars from Multi-Wavelength Observations
Randall, Suzanna K; Fontaine, Gilles; Brassard, Pierre et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2014), 481

We present several examples of partial mode identification for rapidly pulsating subdwarf B stars on the basis of multi-colour observations. Three targets (V391 Per, Balloon 090100001, and EC 11583−2708 ... [more ▼]

We present several examples of partial mode identification for rapidly pulsating subdwarf B stars on the basis of multi-colour observations. Three targets (V391 Per, Balloon 090100001, and EC 11583−2708) were analysed from multi-colour photometry, while studies were conducted from time-series spectrophotometry for two further stars (EC 20338−1925 and EC 01541−1409). In all cases, periodicities strongly dominating the frequency spectrum are associated with radial modes, indicating a clear hierarchy according to visibility when integrating over the visible disk of the star. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of components of the metabolic syndrome on knee osteoarthritis progression in the SEKOIA study
Eymard, F; Edwards, M; Parsons, C et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2014), 22(1), 376

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See detailGalectin expression in the multiple myeloma microenvironment
Muller, Joséphine ULg; CAERS, Jo ULg; Binsfeld, Marilène ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2014)

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See detail“Product-oriented engineering” applied to the development of porous scaffolds for tissue engineering
de Bien, Charlotte ULg; Ounally, T; Collard, Valérie ULg et al

in 7th World Congress in Industrial Process Tomography (2014)

This work applies a “product-oriented engineering” approach to the development of porous scaffolds for tissue engineering. Polylactic acid scaffolds were obtained by a freeze-drying process. Their 2D/3D ... [more ▼]

This work applies a “product-oriented engineering” approach to the development of porous scaffolds for tissue engineering. Polylactic acid scaffolds were obtained by a freeze-drying process. Their 2D/3D microstructure was characterized by X-ray microtomography and related to the operating conditions used. Two types of scaffold end-use properties were characterized in relation to their microstructure: the mechanical and the transport properties. Scaffold young's modulus was computed from data measured on tension-compression devices. To evaluate the permeability, Darcy’s experiments were carried out. The obtained results allowed highlighting the quantitative relationships existing between elaboration conditions, microstructure and end-use properties of the fabricated PLA scaffolds. © 2014 International Society for Industrial Process Tomography. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of vitamin D inadequacy in european women aged over 80 years
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Slomian, Justine ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 196

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See detailLe speedrun : pratique compétitive, ludique ou créative ? Trajectoire d’un détournement de jeu vidéo institué en nouveau game
Barnabé, Fanny ULg

in Culture Numérique (2014)

Ce travail vise à interroger la manière dont les jeux vidéo et les dynamiques de détournement qu’ils suscitent chez les joueurs redéfinissent la traditionnelle opposition entre consommation et création ... [more ▼]

Ce travail vise à interroger la manière dont les jeux vidéo et les dynamiques de détournement qu’ils suscitent chez les joueurs redéfinissent la traditionnelle opposition entre consommation et création. Dans ce but, nous étudierons un usage spécifique du médium vidéoludique qui s’est institué en véritable pratique créative sur internet : le speedrun (et son dérivé, le tool-assisted speedrun). L’analyse se déroulera en deux temps : une première partie envisagera les déplacements concrets qu’opère le speedrun dans les notions liées au pôle de la réception (qu’est-ce qu’être un joueur ou un spectateur au sein de ce domaine ?) ; la seconde étudiera la façon dont cette pratique participe à redéfinir le pôle de la production (que deviennent les notions d’auteur, d’œuvre et de création dans le cadre de cette activité ?). [less ▲]

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See detailPatterns of difficult cases for breast irradiation: where multi-beam IMRT and SIB should be the primary choice
Ben Mustapha, S.; Dechambre, D.; Mievis, C. et al

in Radiother Oncol (2014), ESTRO 33

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See detailUSING TOP PREDATORS AND DR-CALUX TO SCREEN COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS FROM THREE DIFFERENT BRAZILIAN REGIONS FOR DIOXINS AND RELATED COMPOUNDS
Dorneles; Lailson-Brito; Bisi et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2014), 76

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See detailVitamine D et sujet âgé
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement (2014), 12(1), 5-6

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See detailChallenges for the development of bone forming agents in Europe: introduction
Kanis, JA; Rizzoli, R; Cooper, C et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 66-67

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See detailAnalyse non destructive des pigments préhistoriques : du laboratoire à la grotte
Beck, Lucile; Lebon, Matthieu; Lahlil, Sophia et al

in Paléo (2014), special issue

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See detailHemolytic crisis induced by rasburicase administration revealing G-6-PD deficiency.
SID, Sélim ULg; Dugauquier, D.; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2014)

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See detailEstablishment of a murine graft-versus-myeloma model using allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
Binsfeld, Marilène ULg; BEGUIN, Yves ULg; Belle, Ludovic et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2014)

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See detailOdanacatib anti-fracture efficacy and safety in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis: results from the phase III long-term odanacatib fracture trial
McClung, MR; Langdahl, B; Papapoulos, S et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2014), 66(11), 987

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See detailCharged lepton flavor violation beyond minimal supersymmetry
Vicente, Avelino ULg

in Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplement (2014), 248-250

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See detailReaching the 1% accuracy level on stellar mass and radius determinations from asteroseismology
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Charpinet, Stephane; Fontaine, Gilles et al

in Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union (2014), 301

Asteroseismic modeling of subdwarf B (sdB) stars provides measurements of their fundamental parameters with a very good precision; in particular, the masses and radii deter- mined from asteroseismology ... [more ▼]

Asteroseismic modeling of subdwarf B (sdB) stars provides measurements of their fundamental parameters with a very good precision; in particular, the masses and radii deter- mined from asteroseismology are found to typically reach a precision of 1% containing various uncertainties associated with their inner structure and the underlying microphysics (composition and transition zones profiles, nuclear reaction rates, etc.). Therefore, the question of the accuracy of the stellar parameters derived by asteroseismology is legitimate. We present here the seismic modeling of the pulsating sdB star in the eclipsing binary PG 1336-018, for which the mass and the radius are independently and precisely known from the modeling of the reflection/irradiation effect and the eclipses observed in the light curve. This allows us to quantitatively evaluate the reliability of the seismic method and test the impact of uncertainties in our stellar models on the derived parameters. We conclude that the sdB star parameters inferred from asteroseismology are precise, accurate, and robust against model uncertainties. [less ▲]

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See detailSteroid-like activity of migration products from non polycarbonate plastic baby bottles.
Simon, Coraline ULg; Onghena, Matthias; Covaci, Adrian et al

in Toxicology Letters (2014), 229

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See detailπN TDAs from charmonium production in association with a forward pion at PANDA
Ma, Binsong; Pire, Bernard; Semenov-Tyan-Shanskiy, Kirill ULg et al

in EPJ Web of Conferences (2014), 73

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See detailThermal mismatch influence on residual stress in veneer on zirconia
MAINJOT, Amélie ULg; Najjar, Achref; Jakubowicz-Kohen, Boris et al

in Dental Materials (2014)

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See detailDétection de l'hémoglobinurie paroxystique nocturne par cytométrie en flux : Validation
Louis, Céline; FOGUENNE, Jacques ULg; KEUTGENS, Aurore ULg et al

in Revue de l'Association Belge des Technologues de Laboratoire = Tijdschrift van de Belgische Vereniging van Laboratoriumtechnologen (2014), 41(3), 240

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See detailRisk factors for falls among elderly nursing home residents: a 2-year prospective study
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Slomian, Justine ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 36-37

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See detailDistribution des propriétés morphologiques et chimiques d’un sol le long d’un versant forestier
Deraedt, Deborah ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg

in Revue Forestière Française (2014), 2014(4),

Plant productivity is partly dependent on soil fertility, which is why it is important to know the distribution of the chemical and morphological properties of the soil. The study was conducted at an ... [more ▼]

Plant productivity is partly dependent on soil fertility, which is why it is important to know the distribution of the chemical and morphological properties of the soil. The study was conducted at an experimental site located on a steep forested slope planted with conifers. Consequently, prior to the study of variations in soil and vegetation characteristics over time, we analysed the chemical and morphological properties along the slope. Eight pits were dug and sampled by horizon. Root density, bulk density and stone content measurements were performed as well as the analysis of the soil chemical properties (pH, K, Mg, Na, Ca and P content). The results confirm the significance of vertical differentiation as one moves along the profile. [less ▲]

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See detailDélires et Hallucinations : Echelle transdiagnostique d’auto-évaluation.
Beaupain, Margaux; Thirion, Julie; Wagener, Aurélie ULg et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2014), 19(3), 72

Introduction : Les délires et les hallucinations sont des symptômes majeurs présents chez 80% des personnes souffrant d’un trouble psychotique (e.g., bipolaire, schizophrène). Cependant, ces phénomènes ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Les délires et les hallucinations sont des symptômes majeurs présents chez 80% des personnes souffrant d’un trouble psychotique (e.g., bipolaire, schizophrène). Cependant, ces phénomènes sont également présents dans d’autres troubles psychiatriques (e.g., troubles anxieux, dépression) et chez 8% des individus tout venants (Linscott & Van Os, 2012) suggérant l’importance de les évaluer. D’après la littérature, les populations cliniques et non-cliniques se distinguent d’avantage à travers différentes dimensions telles que la détresse, la conviction et le contenu que par la fréquence (Lincoln, 2007). Cependant, les évaluations existantes se centrent principalement sur la fréquence des phénomènes, ce qui laisse beaucoup d’informations cliniques de côté. De plus, elles ne sont que rarement basées sur une approche en continuum permettant d’appréhender la complexité et l’hétérogénéité des phénomènes (allant des perceptions aberrantes jusqu’aux délires et hallucinations). Enfin, ce sont souvent des hétéroévaluations qui sont chronophages et requièrent du personnel qualifié alors que certaines études suggèrent une bonne validité des autoévaluations de ces phénomènes (Se Hyun et al., 2010). Afin de pallier ces limites, nous avons développé une échelle transdiagnostique d’auto-évaluation des idées délirantes et hallucinations en se basant sur une approche en continuum. Méthode : Une revue de la littérature sur les caractéristiques et outils d’évaluations des idées délirantes et des hallucinations a été réalisée. Vingt-quatre items parmi les plus discriminants ont été sélectionnés et adaptés. Pour chaque item, huit dimensions ont été sélectionnées : fréquence, détresse, interférence, conviction, état de conscience, contenu positif VS négatif, agréabilité et attribution interne VS externe. Les individus répondent d’abord à la fréquence sur une échelle de type Likert en 5 points (« Oui, ça m’arrive souvent » à « Non, ça ne m’est jamais arrivé »). Si la réponse est positive, les sept autres dimensions sont évaluées via une échelle visuelle analogique de 0 à 10. Perspectives: L’échelle est actuellement en cours de validation. Elle sera pré-testée auprès d’étudiants avant d’être validée auprès de populations cliniques et non-cliniques. A long terme, cette échelle transdiagnostique d’auto-évaluation pourrait être utilisée en clinique comme un outil favorisant une meilleure prise en charge de ces symptômes et comme un nouvel outil de recherche. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling the hot subdwarf PB 8783 by asteroseismology
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Charpinet, Stephane; Fontaine, Gilles et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2014), 481

We present the preliminary seismic modeling of one of the hottest and most compact subdwarf pulsators, PB 8783 (EO Ceti). This is a well observed hot subdwarf star, including a 78 d campaign in white ... [more ▼]

We present the preliminary seismic modeling of one of the hottest and most compact subdwarf pulsators, PB 8783 (EO Ceti). This is a well observed hot subdwarf star, including a 78 d campaign in white light photometry that we carried out at Mount Bigelow, Arizona, during the fall 2007. PB 8783 has also been observed at length in spectroscopy, revealing a spectrum highly contaminated by a main sequence companion. It is extremely difficult to disentangle the contribution of the two components and, as a consequence of this, the exact nature of the hot subdwarf (sdB or sdO star) is undetermined. We propose here to test the two hypotheses by asteroseismology. Although the sdB possibility cannot be excluded, the pulsation modes observed in PB 8783 are much better accommodated in the case of an sdO star. [less ▲]

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See detailAcceleration of Affine Hybrid Transformations
Boigelot, Bernard ULg; Herbreteau, Frédéric; Mainz, Isabelle ULg

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2014), 8837

This work addresses the computation of the set of reachable configurations of linear hybrid automata. The approach relies on symbolic state-space exploration, using acceleration in order to speed up the ... [more ▼]

This work addresses the computation of the set of reachable configurations of linear hybrid automata. The approach relies on symbolic state-space exploration, using acceleration in order to speed up the computation and to make it terminate for a broad class of systems. Our contribution is an original method for accelerating the control cycles of linear hybrid automata, i.e., to compute their unbounded repeated effect. The idea consists in analyzing the data transformations that label these cycles, by reasoning about the geometrical features of the corresponding system of linear constraints. This approach is complete over Multiple Counters Systems (MCS), and is able to accelerate hybrid transformations that are out of scope of existing techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of sarcopenia according to different diagnostic tools
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Slomian, Justine ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 115

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See detailEight years of denosumab treatment in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis: results from the first five years of the freedom extension
Papapoulos, S; Lippuner, K; Roux, C et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 46-47

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See detailEffect of different technological approaches on the optical properties of ZnO sol-gel thin films
Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T. et al

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2014), 514

The work presents a sol-gel approach with two types of solvents for ZnO films deposition in view of varying the films' structural and optical properties. The ZnO films were characterized by X-Ray ... [more ▼]

The work presents a sol-gel approach with two types of solvents for ZnO films deposition in view of varying the films' structural and optical properties. The ZnO films were characterized by X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and found to have a polycrystalline wurtzite phase structure. The grain sizes and the lattice parameters were determined; it was established that the ZnO crystallites' size increases with the annealing temperatures from 25 nm to 36 nm. The ZnO films possess high transmittance in the visible spectral range. Further, the optical band gap values were estimated. The material's vibration properties were analyzed by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The two technological sol-gel approaches for deposition of ZnO films, using two different solvents, proved to be successful in producing structures with different structural and optical properties. The thin films fabricated were very smooth and uniform and exhibited a high transparency in the visible spectral range. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of ancient charcoal kilns on chemical properties of several forest soils after 2 centuries
Dufey, Joseph; Hardy, Brieuc; Cornelis, Jean-Thomas ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2014)

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See detailDesigning large-scale CO2 capture units with assessment of solvent degradation
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Crosset, Cyril; Dumont, Marie-Noëlle ULg et al

in Energy Procedia (2014), 63

Solvent degradation is one of the main operational drawbacks of post-combustion CO2 capture with amine solvents. Although the different degradation mechanisms have been largely studied in recent years, it ... [more ▼]

Solvent degradation is one of the main operational drawbacks of post-combustion CO2 capture with amine solvents. Although the different degradation mechanisms have been largely studied in recent years, it is still impossible to predict the solvent losses and the emissions of degradation products that may occur in a CO2 capture plant depending on its size and on its operating conditions. In the present work, we experimentally study the degradation of MEA monoethanolamine) under accelerated conditions implying high temperature, continuous gas feed and vigorous agitation. A special focus is set on the oxidative degradation of MEA, which is studied in the absence of CO2. Based on the experimental results, we propose a kinetic model to describe both MEA oxidative and thermal degradation pathways. The degradation kinetics is then included into a global model of the CO2 capture process, enabling solvent losses and emissions of degradation products to be predicted as a function of the process operating conditions. The predicted MEA loss is in the same order of magnitude as reported in degradation measurements from pilot plants, although lower by a factor 3. This kind of model assessing solvent degradation could and should be used for the design of large-scale CO2 capture plants in order to simultaneously consider the energy consumption of the process and its environmental impact related to the emissions of degradation products and amine solvent. Further developments shall consider the effect of SOx, NOx and dissolved metals on MEA degradation. [less ▲]

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See detailYearly Follow-up of Methane Turbulent Exchange Over an Intensively Grazed Pasture in Belgium
Dumortier, Pierre ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2014), 79(1), 91-96

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See detailEncapsulation of nanoparticles for catalysis applications : Ni-Cu/SiO2 cogelled xerogel catalysts for selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene
Lambert, Stéphanie ULg

in Proceedings du “17th Microencapsulation Industrial Convention”, Bruxelles, Belgique, 25 avril 2014 (2014)

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See detailIm Labyrinth der eigenen Lebensgeschichte. Krankheit und Erzählen in Wilhelm Raabes "Holunderblüte" und Theodor Storms "Ein Bekenntnis"
Leyh, Valérie ULg

in Jahrbuch der Raabe-Gesellschaft (2014)

Les nouvelles "Holunderblüte" (1863) de Wilhelm Raabe et "Ein Bekenntnis" (1887) de Theodor Storm allient psychologie, maladie et narration. Les deux textes racontent l’histoire de médecins qui à la fin ... [more ▼]

Les nouvelles "Holunderblüte" (1863) de Wilhelm Raabe et "Ein Bekenntnis" (1887) de Theodor Storm allient psychologie, maladie et narration. Les deux textes racontent l’histoire de médecins qui à la fin de leur vie se questionnent sur leur propre responsabité dans un épisode du passé qui changea définitivement le cours de leur existence: la maladie et la mort de l’être qui leur était le plus cher (une jeune fille chez Raabe, l’épouse chez Storm). Par rapport aux études psychanalytiques très nombreuses dans la recherche sur Storm, cette étude souhaite montrer que la profondeur psychologique des textes doit être décrite par une analyse tenant compte du rôle anthropologique de la narration. Au niveau des narrateurs, la narration a ainsi une valeur curative pour ces deux médecins souffrant de sentiments de culpabilité et souhaitant retracer leur vie comme un sentier linéaire, cohérent et imbibé de sens. Les fonctions anthropologiques de la narration (production de sens, réduction de la contingence et de l’angoisse) auxquelles font appel ces individus sont toutefois relativisées par les textes eux-mêmes qui par leur forme et par le motif du labyrinthe évoquent l’aléatoire, la contingence et l’absence de sens. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution over two years of functional and motor abilities among nursing home residents
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Slomian, Justine ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 121

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See detailPreferences of patients for osteoporosis drug treatment: a cross-european discrete choice experiment
Hiligsmann, Mickaël ULg; Dellaert, BG; Dirksen, CD et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 227-228

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See detailPrevalence of sarcopenia according to different diagnostic tools
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Slomian, Justine ULg et al

in Journal of Frailty & Aging (2014), 3(1), 43

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See detailArbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian simulations of stationary and non-stationary metal forming processes
Boman, Romain ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2013, December 16), 1567

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See detailEvolution of the theoretical power spectrum of solar-like oscillations along the ascending phase on the red giant branch.
Grosjean, Mathieu ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Belkacem, Kevin et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, December), 479

CoRoT and Kepler observations of red giants reveal rich spectra of non-radial solar-like oscillations allowing to probe their internal structure. An important question comes from the observation of mixed ... [more ▼]

CoRoT and Kepler observations of red giants reveal rich spectra of non-radial solar-like oscillations allowing to probe their internal structure. An important question comes from the observation of mixed modes : When during the star’s ascension on the RGB are mixed-modes more likely to be detectable ? We follow the evolution of a star on the RGB and investigate the effect of its ascension on theoretical power spectrum. Equilibrium models (computed with the code ATON) represent four different stages of a star on the RGB. The mass of the star (1.5M") is in the typical mass range of stars observed by CoRoT and Kepler. We used a non-radial non-adiabatic code to compute the theoretical solar-like oscillations of these models. An important output of these calculations is the theoretical lifetimes of the modes. Then we computed the oscillation amplitudes through a stochastic excitation model. These computations allow us to draw theoretical power spectrum and discuss the possibility to observe mixed-modes at different evolutionary stages on the RGB. We found that structure modifications in a star ascending the RGB have an important impact on theoretical power spectrum of solar-like oscillations. Efficiencies of trapping and lifetimes of mixed modes are indeed strongly affected by this evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailA spectral operator-theoretic framework for global stability
Mauroy, Alexandre ULg; Mezic, Igor

in Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2013, December)

The global description of a nonlinear system through the linear Koopman operator leads to an efficient approach to global stability analysis. In the context of stability analysis, not much attention has ... [more ▼]

The global description of a nonlinear system through the linear Koopman operator leads to an efficient approach to global stability analysis. In the context of stability analysis, not much attention has been paid to the use of spectral properties of the operator. This paper provides new results on the relationship between the global stability properties of the system and the spectral properties of the Koopman operator. In particular, the results show that specific eigenfunctions capture the system stability and can be used to recover known notions of classical stability theory (e.g. Lyapunov functions, contracting metrics). Finally, a numerical method is proposed for the global stability analysis of a fixed point and is illustrated with several examples. [less ▲]

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See detailIS ULTRA-SHORT COLD ISCHEMIA THE KEY TO ISCHEMIC CHOLANGIOPATHY AVOIDANCE IN DCD- LT?
DETRY, Olivier ULg; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; Cheham, Samir et al

in Transplant International (2013, December), 26(S2), 53-98

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors have been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of ischemic ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors have been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of ischemic cholangiopathy leading to graft loss. The authors retrospectively reviewed a single centre experience with DCD-LT in a 9-year period. Patients and Methods: 70 DCD-LT were performed from 2003 to November 2012. All DCD procedures were performed in operative rooms. Median donor age was 59 years. Most grafts were flushed with HTK solution. Allocation was centre-based. Median total DCD warm ischemia was 19.5 min. Mean follow-up was 36 months. No patient was lost to follow-up. Results: Median MELD score at LT was 15. Median cold ischemia was 235 min. Median peak AST was 1,162 U/L. Median peak bilirubin was 31.2 mg/dL. Patient and graft survivals were 92.8% and 91.3% at one year and 79% and 77.7% at 3 years, respectively. One graft was lost due to hepatic artery thrombosis. No PNF or graft loss due to ischemic cholangiopathy was observed in this series. Causes of death were malignancies in 8 cases. Discussion: In this series, DCD LT appears to provide results equal to classical LT. Short cold ischemia and recipient selection with low MELD score may be the keys to good results in DCD LT, in terms of graft survival and avoidance of ischemic cholangiopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailDONATION AFTER CIRCULATORY DEATH INCREASES THE CADAVERIC DONOR POOL
Le Dinh, H.; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; SQUIFFLET, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Transplant International (2013, December), 26(S2), 54-101

Background: There is a controversy on the possibility to increase the organ donor pool by donation-after-circulatory-death (DCD) and the possible decrease in donation-after-brain-death (DBD) by DCD ... [more ▼]

Background: There is a controversy on the possibility to increase the organ donor pool by donation-after-circulatory-death (DCD) and the possible decrease in donation-after-brain-death (DBD) by DCD programs. Our aim is to report the DCD experience at the University Hospital of Liege, Belgium, from 2002 through 2012, in a donor region of about 1 million inhabitants. Methods: The prospective organ donor and recipient databases were retrospectively reviewed. Results: 94 and 331 procurements were performed from controlled DCD and DBD donors in the time period, respectively. DCD donors contributed to 22.1% of the deceased donor (DD) organ procurement activity from Jan 2002 to Dec 2012, and up to one-third annually since 2009. DCD liver and kidneys contributed 23.7% and 24.2% of the DD liver and kidney transplantation activity, respectively. There was no decrease of the DBD procurement in the study period. In 2012, overall 54 DD were procured in the Liege region, reaching a high procurement activity.Conclusions: Controlled DCD donors are a valuable source of transplantable liver and kidney grafts, and in our experience do not adversely affect DBD organ procurement activity. [less ▲]

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See detailDONATION AFTER CIRCULATORY DEATH LIVER TRANSPLANTATION: IS DONOR AGE AN ISSUE?
DETRY, Olivier ULg; Ledinh, Heu; HONORE, Pierre ULg et al

in Transplant International (2013, December), 26(s2), 112-228

Background: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors > 55 years are usually not considered suitable for liver transplantation (LT). At our institute, age is not an absolute exclusion criterion to ... [more ▼]

Background: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors > 55 years are usually not considered suitable for liver transplantation (LT). At our institute, age is not an absolute exclusion criterion to refuse DCD liver grafts. We retrospectively compared the transplant outcome of patients receiving older DCD liver grafts to the younger ones. Methods: 70 DCD liver transplants have been performed from 2003 to 2012, which includes 32 liver grafts from younger donors <55y (group A), 20 between 56 and 69 years (group B), and 18 from older donors ≥70 years (group C). The three groups were compared in terms of donor and recipient demographics, procurement and transplantation conditions, peak laboratory values during the first post-transplant week and results at one and three years. Results are expressed as median IQR. Results: No difference other than age in donor and recipient characteristics as well as procurement conditions was noted between both groups. Median donor age of the group A was 44 (38-45) years, in group B 62 (60-64) years and 73 (71-75) in group C. Median primary warm ischemia time (WIT) were 20 (17-22), 21 (19-25) and 19 (16-23) min, respectively (NS). Median cold ischemia time (CIT) was 236 (229-294), 245 (227-290) and 210 (195-277) min, respectively (NS). Peak AST (UI/ml) was 1162 (1072-3971), 1416 (1006-2752), and 1067 (902-4037), respectively (NS). There was no primary nonfunction and one patient needed retransplantation for artery thrombosis. Biliary complications occurred similarly in both groups, without graft loss secondary to ischemic cholangiopathy. Graft and patient survivals were not different at one and three years. Conclusion: This study shows comparable results between DCD liver transplants from younger and older donors. Therefore donor age >55 years should not be a contraindication to DCD liver transplantation if other donor risk factors (such as WIT, CIT) are minimized. [less ▲]

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See detailWhite Dwarf Stars: A Brief Overview
Fontaine, Gilles; Brassard, Pierre; Charpinet, Stephane et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, December), 479

We present a brief summary of what is currently known about white dwarf stars, with an emphasis on their evolutionary and internal properties. As is well known, white dwarfs represent the end products of ... [more ▼]

We present a brief summary of what is currently known about white dwarf stars, with an emphasis on their evolutionary and internal properties. As is well known, white dwarfs represent the end products of stellar evolution for the vast majority of stars and, as such, bear the signatures of past events (such as mass-loss, mixing phases, loss and redistribution of angular momentum, and thermonuclear burning) that are of essential importance in the evolution of stars in general. In addition, white dwarf stars represent ideal testbeds for our understanding of matter under extreme conditions, and work on their constitutive physics (neutrino production rates, conductive and radiative opacities, interior liquid and solid equations of state, partially ionized and partially degenerate envelope equations of state, diffusion coefficients, line broadening mechanisms) is still being actively pursued. Given a set of constitutive physics, cooling white dwarfs can be used advantageously as cosmochronometers. Moreover, the field has been blessed by the existence of four distinct families of pulsating white dwarfs, each mapping a different evolutionary phase, and this allows the application of the asteroseismological method to probe and test their internal structure and evolutionary state. [less ▲]

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See detailForward Physics of Hadronic Colliders
Ivanov, Igor ULg

in Physics of Particles and Nuclei Letters (2013, December), 10(7), 739750

These lectures were given at the Baikal Summer School on Physics of Elementary Particles and Astrophysics in July 2012. They can be viewed as a concise introduction to hadronic diffraction, to the physics ... [more ▼]

These lectures were given at the Baikal Summer School on Physics of Elementary Particles and Astrophysics in July 2012. They can be viewed as a concise introduction to hadronic diffraction, to the physics of the Pomeron and related topics. [less ▲]

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See detailThe instability strip of ZZ Ceti white dwarfs and its extension to the extremely low mass pulsators
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Fontaine, Gilles; Brassard, Pierre et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, December), 479

The determination of the location of the theoretical ZZ Ceti instability strip in the log g − Teff diagram has remained a challenge over the years, due to the lack of a suitable treatment for convection ... [more ▼]

The determination of the location of the theoretical ZZ Ceti instability strip in the log g − Teff diagram has remained a challenge over the years, due to the lack of a suitable treatment for convection in these stars. We report here a detailed stability survey over the whole ZZ Ceti regime, including the very low masses where three pulsators have recently been found. We computed to this aim 29 evolutionary sequences of DA models with various masses and chemical layering. These models are characterized by the so-called ML2/α=1.0 convective efficiency and take into account the important feedback effect of convection on the atmospheric structure. We pulsated these models with the Liege nonadiabatic pulsation code MAD, which is the only one to conveniently incorporate a full time-dependent convection treatment and, thus, provides the best available description of the blue edge of the instability strip. On the other hand, given the failure of all nonadiabatic codes to account properly for the red edge of the strip, including MAD, we tested the idea that the red edge is due to energy leakage through the atmosphere. Using this approach, we found that our theoretical ZZ Ceti instability strip accounts remarkably well for the boundaries of the empirical strip. [less ▲]

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See detailLes orthophonistes utilisent-ils les données issues de la recherche scientifique ? Analyse des pratiques afin d’ajuster la formation universitaire en Belgique
Durieux, Nancy ULg; Pasleau, Françoise ULg; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Glossa (2013, December), 113

Une des missions fondamentales d’une formation universitaire est de permettre aux futurs professionnels d’identifier et de traiter efficacement les informations nécessaires aux prises de décisions parmi ... [more ▼]

Une des missions fondamentales d’une formation universitaire est de permettre aux futurs professionnels d’identifier et de traiter efficacement les informations nécessaires aux prises de décisions parmi un nombre toujours croissant de documents disponibles. Pour atteindre cet objectif, le recours à l’Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) s’avère une approche méthodologique permettant d’acquérir les savoirs et savoir-faire requis pour, notamment, la recherche d’informations probantes. L’EBP doit donc logiquement faire partie de la formation initiale des futurs orthophonistes en restant en adéquation avec les besoins et pratiques des professionnels. À cette fin, il est important d’identifier les questions que se posent les cliniciens dans leur pratique quotidienne, la manière dont ils trouvent des réponses et s’ils ont recours ou non aux données issues de la recherche scientifique. Une enquête a été lancée en mai 2012 auprès d’orthophonistes travaillant en Communauté française de Belgique. La présente communication exposera les principaux résultats, recueillis auprès de 410 orthophonistes, qui conduiront à des pistes d’action pour l’enseignement universitaire et la formation continue. [less ▲]

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See detailA new in vitro protocol to study HGF/HGK attachment and proliferation on prostheses materials
GRENADE, Charlotte ULg; MAINJOT, Amélie ULg; VAN HEUSDEN, Alain ULg et al

in Dental Materials (2013, December), 29(E15-E16),

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See detailInfluence of firing time and framework thickness on layered Y-TZP discs curvature
Jakubowicz, Boris; MAINJOT, Amélie ULg; Sadoun, Michael

in Dental Materials (2013, December), 29(E25-E26),

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See detailResidual stress in veneering ceramic layered on Y-TZP, alumina, and ZTA polycrystalline ceramics
Fukushima, Karen; Sadoun, Michael; Cesar, Paulo et al

in Dental Materials (2013, December), 29(E10-E11),

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