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See detailLeibniz and the Polyp, or the Metaphysical Puzzle of Life
Dony, Arthur ULg

Conference (2016, November 11)

In this paper, I propose to explore the link between experience and reason in the problem of the apprehension of life. My general claim is that philosophical issues are necessarily involved in a theory of ... [more ▼]

In this paper, I propose to explore the link between experience and reason in the problem of the apprehension of life. My general claim is that philosophical issues are necessarily involved in a theory of living organisms, since identifying a certain entity as a living being is to go beyond its manifestations. In part I, I argue that the empirical approach of the natural sciences cannot fully account for the peculiarity of life. In particular, I argue that the different criteria used to distinguish the living from the non-living, as those proposed in biology, are inadequate, both de facto and de jure. Indeed, they are constantly challenged by inventions of machines displaying features commonly regarded as specific to livings, and also by discoveries of new organisms whose unexpected features overcome the boundaries of our categories. More fundamentally, I hold that these criteria fail to provide sufficient conditions for qualifying beings as living, as long as the external appearances of life can, in principle, be reproduced by lifeless automatons. Therefore the phenomenological aspect of life, which cannot be accessed in a third person point of view (as the perception itself), turns out to be crucial. In the second part, I elaborate on these issues by focusing on the leibnizian theory of living beings. According to Leibniz, the distinctive feature of life is to have of a real unity, which must be conceived as the one to be found in a perceiving soul. After a brief survey on the foundations of this theory, I will emphasize how Leibniz’s attempt to account for the true unity of living beings – as opposed to the accidental unity of non-living things – exemplifies the problematic relationship between the observable properties of organized matter and the inner (or metaphysical) properties of the living as such. In Leibniz’s case indeed, the lack of empirical evidence forces him to resort to philosophical postulates, namely the principle of analogy and the principle of continuity. This latter principle allows him to qualify plants as living beings and to predict the existence of “borderline” organisms as the polyp. Finally, I will propose to consider the discovery of the polyp in the eighteenth century as a case of particular interest and a challenge to the classical conceptions of the living. Among its numerous outstanding properties, the polyp has the faculty to regenerate when cut into pieces, each of them becoming a whole new organism, and to breed by budding. Moreover, a polyp is constituted as a colony of self-contained, smaller polyps. Because of that, it is difficult to determine what the living organism exactly is: is it the colony as a whole or each of its members? And if the whole constitutes a real organism, how shall we explain its oneness? These issues raise the crucial questions of unity and individuality, which are of tremendous importance with regard to the ontological status of life. [less ▲]

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See detailTraining researchers to ethics in research
Halleux, Isabelle ULg

Learning material (2016)

This document is provided as a support for training researchers on Ethical Decision Making, and Ethics and Quality in Research. It was presented to the Re@WBC meeting in Kragujevac, Serbia. It can be used ... [more ▼]

This document is provided as a support for training researchers on Ethical Decision Making, and Ethics and Quality in Research. It was presented to the Re@WBC meeting in Kragujevac, Serbia. It can be used in a "train the trainer" context. Duration: 1 day. A very active participation is expected from participants. [less ▲]

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See detailE-health y sus implicaciones jurídicas: el marco europeo e italiano
Colussi, Ilaria Anna ULg

Scientific conference (2016, November 11)

The conference focused on the right to health and its legal and ethical implications. The speech gave a framework on health policies in the European Union, and in particular on the use of technologies for ... [more ▼]

The conference focused on the right to health and its legal and ethical implications. The speech gave a framework on health policies in the European Union, and in particular on the use of technologies for health reasons. The Italian framework is also considered, in order to check the implementation of EU policies inside one National State and develop comparative analysis at that regard. [less ▲]

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See detail8ème Cours de Mécanique Analytique II (2016-17), Bac3 phys, Master 1 Sc. Sp.
Surdej, Jean ULg

Learning material (2016)

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See detail两种挥发性化学信息素与小麦-豌豆间作协同作用
Xu, Qingxuan ULg; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Hatt, Séverin ULg et al

Conference (2016, November 10)

当今的害虫防治理念已从传统的“杀灭”转向科学的“调控”,生态调控成为可持续农业领域中的研究热点之一。间作提高农作物的多样性是作物虫害生态调控途径之一,间作作物导致农田生物多样性增加、为天敌昆虫提供食物和避难所,从而使天敌种类和数量增加,为目标害虫控治作用增强。已有结果表明小麦与豌豆间作、混作,不仅有效降低小麦上麦长管蚜的种群数量,增加了天敌控制害虫的稳定性和持续性, ... [more ▼]

当今的害虫防治理念已从传统的“杀灭”转向科学的“调控”,生态调控成为可持续农业领域中的研究热点之一。间作提高农作物的多样性是作物虫害生态调控途径之一,间作作物导致农田生物多样性增加、为天敌昆虫提供食物和避难所,从而使天敌种类和数量增加,为目标害虫控治作用增强。已有结果表明小麦与豌豆间作、混作,不仅有效降低小麦上麦长管蚜的种群数量,增加了天敌控制害虫的稳定性和持续性, 而且可以增产保收、养地改土。一些昆虫取食诱导的挥发物和昆虫自身分泌物(如水杨酸甲酯MeSA、蚜虫报警信息素EBF)具有驱避蚜虫对植食性昆虫进行行为调控的直接防御,还可以通过吸引第三级营养级的天敌昆虫,提升间接防御害虫作用。 为了探索作物间作与行为调控挥发物的协同的控害效果,本研究采用小麦间作豌豆、协同化学信息素(MeSA、EBF)的释放,于比利时Gembloux地区连续两年(2015年3月-8月年和2016年3月-8月)进行田间实验。结果表明与单纯小麦-豌豆间作相比,小麦-豌豆间作配合EBF、MeSA的释放,提高了蚜茧蜂对豌豆蚜的寄生率,对蚜虫天敌草蛉、食蚜蝇、瓢虫也具有强烈的吸引作用,豌豆蚜及麦蚜的无翅蚜田间发生量分别降低达35%和30%。 间作的豌豆可以为天敌提供栖居和食物,有利于蚜虫天敌的繁殖,而豌豆蚜的发生峰期早于麦蚜发生峰期一周左右,因此间作结合挥发物的释放,更有利于豌豆田中的蚜虫主要天敌最大程度的转移到麦田中防控麦蚜,有效降低麦蚜发生峰期的种群数量,两种方法组合构成“吸引-补偿”(Attract–Reward)的机制,将挥发物行为调控与栖境管理两种防控害虫的方法有效的结合起来,进一步增强生防效果,有助于建立综合的小麦害虫绿色防控体系。 [less ▲]

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See detailDécider ensemble ou vivre ensemble?
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

Scientific conference (2016, November 10)

Ce discours constitue la "leçon inaugurale" prononcée par l'auteur, selon la tradition de la Faculté de Droit, de Science politique et de Criminologie de Liège. L'exposé porte sur les notions de ... [more ▼]

Ce discours constitue la "leçon inaugurale" prononcée par l'auteur, selon la tradition de la Faculté de Droit, de Science politique et de Criminologie de Liège. L'exposé porte sur les notions de démocratie et de droits fondamentaux. À travers quelques questions choisies, l'auteur cherche à rappeler qu'il s'agit de concepts bien distincts, qui connaissent toutefois des interactions nombreuses. [less ▲]

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See detailMalachite and heterogenite behavior during the locked-cycle recycling of process water in flotation of copper-cobalt oxide ores
Shengo, Michel; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Kalenga, Pierre

in International Journal of Mineral Processing (2016), 157

The behavior of malachite and heterogenite was investigated during the process water recycling in flotation of copper-cobalt oxide ores from the deposit of Luiswishi located in Haut-Katanga province (DRC ... [more ▼]

The behavior of malachite and heterogenite was investigated during the process water recycling in flotation of copper-cobalt oxide ores from the deposit of Luiswishi located in Haut-Katanga province (DRC). A synthetic mill wastewater (SMWW) was utilized as feed water alone and in mixture with water recovered from the flotation tails in view to achieve at the laboratory scale the locked-cycle recycling of the industrial mill wastewater (IMWW). To simulate the chemical species presence in the pulp and their effects on the flotation of malachite and heterogenite, calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate ions were added to the feed water and the recoveries of copper and cobalt followed during the roughing flotation stage. The concentrate XRD and SEM analysis together with the floated minerals microanalyses by EDX spectroscopy, leaching tests of mono-minerals followed by the Pourbaix diagrams construction and DRIFT spectroscopy analyses, have enabled identifying changes in the surface properties of malachite and heterogenite interfering on the recovery of copper (40 %) and cobalt (58 %) with a significant drop in their concentrate grades (7.3 % Cu and 2.7 % Co). The deterioration of the concentrate characteristics results also from the gangue minerals entrainment. A better description of the valuable minerals behaviour in the SMWW presence could enable designing strategies in view enhancing their floatability during the locked-cycle recycling of water. [less ▲]

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See detailPouvoir politique et audace des juges
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

Scientific conference (2016, November 10)

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See detailArt, musique et intégration des réfugiés. Le cas de Naples en Italie
Mazzola, Alessandro ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailAudition au Parlement wallon sur la possibilité juridique d'interdire aux fonctionnaires locaux en contact avec le public le port de signes convictionnels ostentatoires
Behrendt, Christian ULg

Report (2016)

Audition comme expert par la Commission des pouvoirs locaux, du logement et de l'énergie du Parlement wallon, Namur, Parlement wallon, 10 novembre 2016.

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See detailMyoferlin is a novel exosomal protein and functional regulator of cancer-derived exosomes
Blomme, Arnaud; Fahmy, Karim; Peulen, Olivier ULg et al

in Oncotarget (2016)

Exosomes are communication mediators participating in the intercellular exchange of proteins, metabolites and nucleic acids. Recent studies have demonstrated that exosomes are characterized by a unique ... [more ▼]

Exosomes are communication mediators participating in the intercellular exchange of proteins, metabolites and nucleic acids. Recent studies have demonstrated that exosomes are characterized by a unique proteomic composition that is distinct from the cellular one. The mechanisms responsible for determining the proteome content of the exosomes remain however obscure. In the current study we employ ultrastructural approach to validate a novel exosomal protein myoferlin. This is a multiple C2-domain containing protein, known for its conserved physiological function in endocytosis and vesicle fusion biology. Emerging studies demonstrate that myoferlin is frequently overexpressed in cancer, where it promotes cancer cell migration and invasion. Our data expand these ndings by showing that myoferlin is a general component of cancer cell derived exosomes from different breast and pancreatic cancer cell lines. Using proteomic analysis, we demonstrate for the rst time that myoferlin depletion in cancer cells leads to a signi cantly modulated exosomal protein load. Such myoferlin-depleted exosomes were also functionally de cient as shown by their reduced capacity to transfer nucleic acids to human endothelial cells (HUVEC). Beyond this, myoferlin-depleted cancer exosomes also had a signi cantly reduced ability to induce migration and proliferation of HUVEC. The present study highlights myoferlin as a new functional player in exosome biology, calling for novel strategies to target this emerging oncogene in human cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailL'optique spatiale en Wallonie: de la génèse aux développements récents
Georges, Marc ULg; Denis, Stefan; Joannes, Luc

Scientific conference (2016, November 10)

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See detailEndocrine disruptors and parasitism: which effects on the sex behaviour of the amphipod Gammarus pulex ?
Fivet, Adeline; Horion, Sibylle; Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, November 10)

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See detailBehaviour of bulk superconducting trapped field magnets subjected to magnetic fields with a transverse component
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Caps, Hervé ULg; Vanderheyden, Benoît ULg et al

Conference (2016, November 10)

Bulk superconductors can be used as trapped field magnets with unprecedented performances. Such trapped field magnets find a variety of engineering applications, in particular for brushless rotating ... [more ▼]

Bulk superconductors can be used as trapped field magnets with unprecedented performances. Such trapped field magnets find a variety of engineering applications, in particular for brushless rotating machines and levitation devices. Compared to conventional permanent magnets, however, the magnetic field generated by a superconducting trapped field magnet is much more sensitive to the presence of an external field that is not perfectly aligned with the superconductor magnetic moment, i.e. when the external field has a transverse component. A situation where the superconductor experiences a magnetic field with a transverse component is likely to happen several times during running operation of the device. As an example, in a “trapped flux” synchronous machine, any variation of the load of the shaft may lead to a slight misalignment of the magnetic moment of the superconductor (placed in the rotor) with respect to the rotating field (generated by the stator). In such a situation, the superconductor is subjected to a rotating field, and the situation is likely to be different from a situation where the superconductor is subjected to a pure transverse field. In the present work, we aim at examining different scenarios (i.e. transverse or rotating) where the trapped field magnet is subjected to a transverse component. These configurations are examined both experimentally and numerically. The numerical model is used to determine the distribution of currents in the cross-section of the superconductor. We examine the conditions where the rotating field leads to a partial remagnetization of the sample and is therefore less detrimental that the application of a pure transverse field. We also show that the magnetic moment of the sample may behave differently that the field at the surface of the superconductor. Finally, we investigate the behavior of structures where the superconductor is attached to a thin ferromagnetic disk, and show the beneficial effect of such hybrid structures compared to the superconductor alone. Acknowledgements : The research was funded through the University of Liège (ULg) and an ARC grant for Concerted Research Actions, financed by the French Community of Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels Federation), under reference ARC 11/16-03. We greatly acknowledge M. Morita, S. Nariki and H. Teshima from Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Futtsu, Chiba. [less ▲]

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See detailReprint of Advancing the integration of corporate sustainability measurement, management and reporting
Maas, Karen; Schaltegger, Stefan; Crutzen, Nathalie ULg

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), 136

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See detailEtude des intermattes des herbiers à Posidonia oceanica
Abadie, Arnaud ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Among Mediterranean marine ecosystems, Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile seagrass meadows form a habitat playing an important ecological and economical role. They form heterogeneous seascapes influenced by ... [more ▼]

Among Mediterranean marine ecosystems, Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile seagrass meadows form a habitat playing an important ecological and economical role. They form heterogeneous seascapes influenced by the impact of natural and anthropogenic phenomenon (of which the anchoring of leisure ships). These impacts lead to the formation of sand and bare mat patches called ‘intermattes’. By describing and using intermatte characteristics observed in Calvi Bay and more widely around Corsica, these PhD works precisely described intermatte and P. oceanica seascape dynamics in order to develop new methods of analysis. On the one hand, natural sandy intermattes formed by bottom currents show two types of border. Each has its own characteristics at the level of the sediments biogeochemistry. On the other hand, anthropogenic intermattes generated by anchoring (bare mat) present different sizes and shapes resulting from specific dynamics. They are not recolonized when the anchoring pressure remains high. A depletion of the substrate chemical quality occurs after the mechanical destruction. A new cartographic seascape index, the Patchiness Source Index, was created using the size and the nature of intermattes at large spatial scale. After a comparison of methods used for the study of intermattes, two new indices (Map Anchoring Index and Anchoring Index) for managers of coastal areas were developed to evaluate the impact of anchoring within P. oceanica meadows. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrating corporate sustainability assessment, management accounting, control, and reporting
Maas, Karen; Schaltegger, Stefan; Crutzen, Nathalie ULg

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), 136

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See detailSpecial Volume: The Integration of Corporate Sustainability Assessment, Management Accounting, Control, and Reporting
Maas, Karen; Schaltegger, Stefan; Crutzen, Nathalie ULg

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), 136

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