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See detailBulletin agrométéorologique - Juin 2006
Tychon, Bernard ULg; Ozer, Pierre ULg; De Longueville, Florence ULg et al

in Bulletin Agrométéorologique (2006), 5(3), 1-7

Le mois de juin fut chaud permettant à la plupart des cultures de bénéficier de très bonnes conditions de croissance. Le retard de croissance observé depuis le début du suivi des cultures a quasi ... [more ▼]

Le mois de juin fut chaud permettant à la plupart des cultures de bénéficier de très bonnes conditions de croissance. Le retard de croissance observé depuis le début du suivi des cultures a quasi complètement disparu. La faible pluviométrie constatée au mois de juin n’a pour l’instant que peu de conséquences pour les cultures bien installées vu les réserves en eau accumulées le mois précédent. La situation des cultures est globalement favorable, laissant entrevoir des rendements généralement supérieurs à la moyenne des cinq années précédentes. Toutefois, cette prévision pourrait être revue à la baisse si la période sèche observée en juin se prolongeait en juillet. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential antimalarial activity of indole alkaloids
Angenot, Luc ULg

Conference (2006, July 06)

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See detailGlances at the EC Nitrate Directive implementation in the Walloon Region of Belgium
Marcoen, Jean Marie ULg

Scientific conference (2006, July 04)

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See detailPegase: a space-based nulling interferometer
Le Duigou, J. M.; Ollivier, M.; Léger, A. et al

in Mather, John C.; MacEwen, Howard A.; de Graauw, Mattheus W. M. (Eds.) Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter (2006, July 01)

The space based mission Pegase was proposed to CNES in the framework of its call for scientific proposals for formation flying missions. This paper presents a summary of the phase-0 performed in 2005. The ... [more ▼]

The space based mission Pegase was proposed to CNES in the framework of its call for scientific proposals for formation flying missions. This paper presents a summary of the phase-0 performed in 2005. The main scientific goal is the spectroscopy of hot Jupiters (Pegasides) and brown dwarfs from 2.5 to 5 mum. The mission can extend to other objectives such as the exploration of the inner part of protoplanetary disks, the study of dust clouds around AGN,... The instrument is basically a two-aperture (D=40 cm) interferometer composed of three satellites, two siderostats and one beam-combiner. The formation is linear and orbits around L2, pointing in the anti-solar direction within a +/-30° cone. The baseline is adjustable from 50 to 500 m in both nulling and visibility measurement modes. The angular resolution ranges from 1 to 20 mas and the spectral resolution is 60. In the nulling mode, a 2.5 nm rms stability of the optical path difference (OPD) and a pointing stability of 30 mas rms impose a two level control architecture. It combines control loops implemented at satellite level and control loops operating inside the payload using fine mechanisms. According to our preliminary study, this mission is feasible within an 8 to 9 years development plan using existing or slightly improved space components, but its cost requires international cooperation. Pegase could be a valuable Darwin/TPF-I pathfinder, with a less demanding, but still ambitious, technological challenge and a high associated scientific return. [less ▲]

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See detailALADDIN: an optimized nulling ground-based demonstrator for DARWIN
Coudé du Foresto, V.; Absil, Olivier ULg; Swain, M. et al

in Monnier, John; Schöller, Markus; Danchi, William (Eds.) Advances in Stellar Interferometry (2006, July 01)

The ESA Darwin space mission will require a ground based precursor to i/ demonstrate nulling interferometry in an operational context and ii/ carry out some precursor science, such as the characterization ... [more ▼]

The ESA Darwin space mission will require a ground based precursor to i/ demonstrate nulling interferometry in an operational context and ii/ carry out some precursor science, such as the characterization of the level of exozodiacal light around the main Darwin targets. These are the stated objectives of the GENIE nulling instrument that was studied for the VLTI. We argue here that the same objectives can be met in a more efficient way by an antarctic-based nulling experiment. The ALADDIN mission concept is an integrated L-band nulling breadboard with relatively modest collectors (1m) and baseline (40m). Because of its privileged location, this is suffcient to achieve a sensitivity (in terms of detectable zodi levels) which is 1.6 to 3.5 times better than GENIE at the VLTI, bringing it below the 20-zodi threshold value identified to carry out the Darwin precursor science. The integrated design enables top-level optimization and full access to the light collectors for the duration of the experiment, while reducing the complexity of the nulling breadboard. [less ▲]

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See detailConceptual design of the ALADDIN Antarctic nulling interferometer
Barillot, Marc; Courteau, Pascal; Absil, Olivier ULg et al

in Monnier, John; Schöller, Markus; Danchi, William (Eds.) Advances in Stellar Interferometry (2006, July 01)

It is commonly accepted that highly challenging planet finding missions such as Darwin and TPF need precursors on the ground, for both technological demonstration and study of the exozodiacal clouds ... [more ▼]

It is commonly accepted that highly challenging planet finding missions such as Darwin and TPF need precursors on the ground, for both technological demonstration and study of the exozodiacal clouds around potential targets. A first instrument, GENIE, designed to be implemented in the interferometric laboratory of the VLTI, was studied by ESA and scientific/industrial teams. In this paper we present a concept for ALADDIN, an operational nulling instrument to be implemented at Dome C in Antarctica, and discuss the comparison with GENIE from the instrumental point of view. Our preliminary design involves moderate ~1m size telescopes mounted on a 40m long rotating beam allowing baselines up to 30m and feeding a 2-arm nulling beam combiner. When compared to GENIE, the rotating beam design has the advantage of removing the need for both long-stroke delay line and dispersion control equipments. As a side effect, the instrumental arrangement of ALADDIN finds itself more representative of what Darwin will be. Furthermore, critical issues like phase control, photometric balance and instrumental background suppression are expected to be relaxed by the improved atmospheric conditions, lower temperature, and simpler optical trains. Calibration of geometrical stellar leakage will make advantage of the continuously adjustable baseline. As results, a simpler instrument showing improved performance is expected. In conclusion, we see our ALADDIN concept as a valuable alternative to GENIE, with a quite stronger scientific potential and a considerably simplified instrumental design. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of the inner-debris disk of Vega with CHARA/FLUOR
Absil, Olivier ULg; Di Folco, Emmanuel; Mérand, Antoine et al

in Monnier, John; Schöller, Markus; Danchi, Willian (Eds.) Advances in Stellar Interferometry (2006, July 01)

Using the FLUOR beam-combiner installed at the CHARA Array (Mt. Wilson, CA), we have obtained highprecision visibility measurements of Vega, one of the prototypic debris-disk stars, known to be surrounded ... [more ▼]

Using the FLUOR beam-combiner installed at the CHARA Array (Mt. Wilson, CA), we have obtained highprecision visibility measurements of Vega, one of the prototypic debris-disk stars, known to be surrounded by a large amount of cold dust in a ring-like structure at 80-100 AU. The combination of short and long baselines has allowed us to separately resolve the stellar photosphere and the close environment of the star (less than 8 AU). Our observations show a significant deficit in square visibility at short baselines with respect to the expected visibility of a simple UD stellar model (DeltaV2 equal or equivalent to 2%), suggesting the presence of an extended source of emission around Vega. The sparse (u, v) plane coverage does not allow the discrimination between a point source and an extended circumstellar emission as the source of the extended emission. However, we show that the presence of a point-like source within the FLUOR field-of-view (1" in radius, i.e., 7.8 AU at the distance of Vega) is highly unlikely. The excess emission is most likely due to the presence of hot circumstellar dust in the inner part of Vega's debris disk, with a flux ratio of 1.29 plus or minus 0.19% between the integrated dust emission and the stellar photosphere. Complementing this result with archival photometric data in the near- and mid-infrared and taking into account a realistic photospheric model for the rapidly rotating Vega, we derive the expected physical properties of the circumstellar dust by modelling its Spectral Energy Distribution. The inferred properties suggest that the Vega system could be currently undergoing major dynamical perturbations. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Results from the CHARA Array. VII. Long-Baseline Interferometric Measurements of Vega Consistent with a Pole-On, Rapidly Rotating Star
Aufdenberg, J. P.; Mérand, A.; Coudé du Foresto, V. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2006), 645

We have obtained high-precision interferometric measurements of Vega with the CHARA Array and FLUOR beam combiner in the K' band at projected baselines between 103 and 273 m. The measured visibility ... [more ▼]

We have obtained high-precision interferometric measurements of Vega with the CHARA Array and FLUOR beam combiner in the K' band at projected baselines between 103 and 273 m. The measured visibility amplitudes beyond the first lobe are significantly weaker than expected for a slowly rotating star characterized by a single effective temperature and surface gravity. Our measurements, when compared to synthetic visibilities and synthetic spectrophotometry from a Roche-von Zeipel gravity-darkened model atmosphere, provide strong evidence for the model of Vega as a rapidly rotating star viewed very nearly pole-on. Our best-fitting model indicates that Vega is rotating at ~91% of its angular break-up rate with an equatorial velocity of 275 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]. Together with the measured vsini, this velocity yields an inclination for the rotation axis of 5deg. For this model the pole-to-equator effective temperature difference is ~2250 K, a value much larger than previously derived from spectral line analyses. A polar effective temperature of 10,150 K is derived from a fit to ultraviolet and optical spectrophotometry. The synthetic and observed spectral energy distributions are in reasonable agreement longward of 140 nm, where they agree to 5% or better. Shortward of 140 nm, the model is up to 10 times brighter than observed. The model has a luminosity of ~37 L[SUB]solar[/SUB], a value 35% lower than Vega's apparent luminosity based on its bolometric flux and parallax, assuming a slowly rotating star. Our model predicts the spectral energy distribution of Vega as viewed from its equatorial plane, and it may be employed in radiative models for the surrounding debris disk. [less ▲]

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See detailLes grandes tailles: quelques grands syndromes et revue de la litterature
Gusbin, Natacha ULg; Verloes, Alain ULg; Daly, Adrian ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2006), 61(7-8, Jul-Aug), 572-80

We describe the findings of XYY syndrome in the setting of encountering an individual with this particular condition in the endocrinology clinic. XYY syndrome is a relatively frequent if unfamiliar ... [more ▼]

We describe the findings of XYY syndrome in the setting of encountering an individual with this particular condition in the endocrinology clinic. XYY syndrome is a relatively frequent if unfamiliar condition, which is characterized by taller than average height. The extra Y chromosome may play a role in determining the height of these individuals. From this case, a differential diagnosis of tall stature is outlined, in addition to a description of the principal syndromes associated with gigantism. These primarily include Klinefelter syndrome, Marfan syndrome, androgen resistance and growth hormone excess. These various entities are described from the point of view of their symptomatology, biology, pathophysiology and therapeutic characteristics. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential antimalarial activity of indole alkaloids
Angenot, Luc ULg

in 42nd International meeting on medicinal chemistry- Program and abstracts (2006, July)

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See detailA nation-wide pilot project for early rehabilitation of low back pain workers
Mairiaux, Philippe ULg; DELARUELLE D.; STRAUSS, Patrick

in IEA 2006 Proccedings (2006, July)

As a result of both a political and a scientific thinking, the Belgian Fund for Occupational Diseases (FOD) has launched, starting March 1st 2005, a pilot project for the nursing staff in the health care ... [more ▼]

As a result of both a political and a scientific thinking, the Belgian Fund for Occupational Diseases (FOD) has launched, starting March 1st 2005, a pilot project for the nursing staff in the health care sector in order to prevent the transition of low back pain (LBP) to chronicity through a program promoting an early return to work. Target workers are those being off work due to LBP for at least 4 weeks and maximum 3 months. The program involves a standardised multidisciplinary back rehabilitation program on the one hand, and on the other hand an ergonomics intervention in the health care institution. Depending on the context, the workplace intervention may involve an ergonomic analysis with the participation of the sicklisted worker, a larger group-based ergonomics redesign, or temporary change in the worker duty or work time in order to facilitate his/her return to work. The employer gets a financial incentive from the FOD when he agrees to such an intervention. Due to a lack of communication among the target population, this pilot project has had a slow start; the presentation gives a qualitative overview of the first 100 cases having entered the program. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacological evaluation of TP receptor antagonists characterized by differential activity on alpha and beta isoforms
Hanson, Julien ULg; Ghiotto, J.; Neven, P. et al

in Acta Pharmacologica Sinica (2006, July), 27

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See detailDevA, a GntR-like transcriptional regulator required for development in Streptomyces coelicolor
Hoskisson, P. A.; Rigali, Sébastien ULg; Fowler, K. et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2006), 188(14), 5014-5023

The gram-positive filamentous bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor has a complex developmental cycle with three distinct phases: growth of the substrate mycelium, development of reproductive structures ... [more ▼]

The gram-positive filamentous bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor has a complex developmental cycle with three distinct phases: growth of the substrate mycelium, development of reproductive structures called aerial hyphae, and differentiation of these aerial filaments into long chains of exospores. During a transposon mutagenesis screen, we identified a novel gene (devA) required for proper development. The devA mutant produced only rare aerial hyphae, and those that were produced developed aberrant spore chains that were much shorter than wild-type chains and had misplaced septa. devA encodes a member of the GntR superfamily, a class of transcriptional regulators that typically respond to metabolite effector molecules. devA forms an operon with the downstream gene devB, which encodes a putative hydrolase that is also required for aerial mycelium formation on R5 medium. S1 nuclease protection analysis showed that transcription from the single devA promoter was temporally associated with vegetative growth, and enhanced green fluorescent protein transcriptional fusions showed that transcription was spatially confined to the substrate hyphae in the wild type. In contrast, devAB transcript levels were dramatically upregulated in a devA mutant and the devA promoter was also active in aerial hyphae and spores in this background, suggesting that DevA might negatively regulate its own production. This suggestion was confirmed by gel mobility shift assays that showed that DevA binds its own promoter region in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailUnderstanding and supporting collaborative design using an horizontal tabletop display
Safin, Stéphane ULg; Leclercq, Pierre ULg; Decortis, Françoise ULg

in Proceedings of the IEA2006. 16th World Congress on Ergonomics (2006, July)

Based on our research on evaluating a Virtual desk environment for architects and designers is it possible to derive requirements for supporting collaborative design activities ? We first examine ... [more ▼]

Based on our research on evaluating a Virtual desk environment for architects and designers is it possible to derive requirements for supporting collaborative design activities ? We first examine questions related to internal and external interactions in architectural design, to the role of external representations and their extension as shared objects of design in collaborative horizontal tabletop. Then we describe the Virtual Desktop and the EsQUIsE software. We will synthesize the results of our former investigations on this setting, in order to derive new orientations for the design and research. [less ▲]

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See detailLa maison Bacot restaurée. La reconnaissance de Clément Pirnay (Verviers, 1881 - Chimay, 1955)
Charlier, Sébastien ULg

in Nouvelles du Patrimoine (Les) (2006), 112

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See detailAssessment of Ultimate Bending Moment of Ships from a Reliability Point of View, Using Independent Perturbations Method
Toderan, Catalin; Richir, Thomas; Caprace, Jean-David ULg et al

in Network for Integrating Structural Safety, Risk and Reliability (ASRANet) (2006, July)

This paper presents a method to asses hull girder ultimate bending moment distribution, taking into account parameters uncertainty. This method is a part of a research activity carried out at University ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a method to asses hull girder ultimate bending moment distribution, taking into account parameters uncertainty. This method is a part of a research activity carried out at University of Liege. The method is able to compute four statistical moments of ultimate strength distribution: average, standard deviation, skewness and kurtosis. Geometry parameters, material parameters and initial imperfections (initial deflections and residual stresses) are considered as random variables and a distribution is associated to each of them. Ultimate bending moment algorithm is a progressive collapse analysis based on Smith method and associated with the load-end shortening model proposed by Bureau Veritas and Joint Bulker Project Rules (JBP). In order to perform a reliability analysis, this algorithm is coupled with independent perturbations method. The advantage is a lower number of simulations compared to the standard Monte-Carlo procedure and a good use of the initial information that is available. The paper contains also a comparative analysis between the presented method and a linear sensitivity analysis performed by the ISSC 2000 “Ultimate Strength” committee for a VLCC structure. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenomenal characteristics of autobiographical memories for social and non-social events in social phobia
D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; d'Acremont, Mathieu et al

in Memory (2006), 14(5), 637-647

Previous studies failed to show clear differences between people with social phobia and non-anxious individuals regarding the specificity and affective intensity of their autobiographical memories for ... [more ▼]

Previous studies failed to show clear differences between people with social phobia and non-anxious individuals regarding the specificity and affective intensity of their autobiographical memories for social events. However, these studies did not assess the subjective experience associated with remembering. In this study, people with social phobia and non-anxious control participants recalled social and non-social events, and rated the phenomenal characteristics of their memories. The memories of people with social phobia for social events contained fewer sensorial details but more self-referential information than controls memories. In addition, people with social phobia remembered social situations from an observer perspective, viewing themselves as if from outside, to a greater extent than controls. By contrast, the two groups did not differ concerning their memories for non-social events. These findings are discussed in relation to cognitive models of social phobia. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly(D,L-lactide) (PDLLA) foams with TiO2 nanoparticles and PDLLA/TiO2-Bioglass (R) foam composites for tissue engineering scaffolds
Boccaccini, Aldo R.; Blaker, Jonny J.; Maquet, Véronique et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2006), 41(13), 3999-4008

Porous poly(D,L-lactide) PDLLA foams containing 0, 5 and 20 wt% of TiO2 nanoparticles were fabricated and characterised. The addition of Bioglassg particles was also studied in a composite containing 5 wt ... [more ▼]

Porous poly(D,L-lactide) PDLLA foams containing 0, 5 and 20 wt% of TiO2 nanoparticles were fabricated and characterised. The addition of Bioglassg particles was also studied in a composite containing 5 wt% of Bioglass(R) particles and 20 wt% of TiO2 nanoparticles. The microstructure of the four different foam types was characterised using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and their mechanical properties assessed by quasi-static compression testing. The in vitro behaviour of the foams was studied in simulated body fluid (SBF) at three different time points: 3, 21 and 28 days. The degradation of the samples was characterised quantitatively by measuring the water absorption and weight loss as a function of immersion time in SBE The bioactivity of the foams was characterised by observing hydroxyapatite (HA) formation after 21 days of immersion in SBF using SEM and confirmed with X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. It was found that the amount of HA was dependent on the distribution of TiO2 nanoparticles and on the presence of Bioglassg in the foam samples. (c) 2006 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. [less ▲]

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