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See detailDraft Genome of the Axenic Strain Phormidesmis priestleyi ULC007, a Cyanobacterium Isolated from Lake Bruehwiler (Larsemann Hills, Antarctica)
Lara, Yannick ULg; Durieu, Benoit ULg; Cornet, Luc ULg et al

in Genome Announcements (2017)

Phormidesmis priestleyi ULC007 is an Antarctic freshwater cyanobacte- rium. Its draft genome is 5,684,389 bp long. It contains a total of 5,604 protein- encoding genes, of which 22.2% have no clear ... [more ▼]

Phormidesmis priestleyi ULC007 is an Antarctic freshwater cyanobacte- rium. Its draft genome is 5,684,389 bp long. It contains a total of 5,604 protein- encoding genes, of which 22.2% have no clear homologues in known genomes. To date, this draft genome is the first one ever determined for an axenic cyanobacterium from Antarctica. [less ▲]

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See detailCyclotheonellazoles A–C, Potent Protease Inhibitors from the Marine Sponge Theonella aff. swinhoei
Issac, Michal; Aknin, Maurice; Gauvin-Bialecki, Anne et al

in Journal of Natural Products (2017), 80

he extract of a sample of the sponge Theonella aff. swinhoei collected in Madagascar exhibited promising in vitro antiplasmodial activity. The antiplasmodial activity was ascribed in part to the known ... [more ▼]

he extract of a sample of the sponge Theonella aff. swinhoei collected in Madagascar exhibited promising in vitro antiplasmodial activity. The antiplasmodial activity was ascribed in part to the known metabolite swinholide A. Further investigation of the extract afforded three unusual cyclic peptides, cyclotheonellazoles A–C (1–3), which contain six nonproteinogenic amino acids out of the eight acid units that compose these natural products. Among these acids the most novel were 4-propenoyl-2-tyrosylthiazole and 3-amino-4-methyl-2-oxohexanoic acid. The structure of the compounds was elucidated by interpretation of the 1D and 2D NMR data, HRESIMS, and advanced Merfay’s techniques. The new compounds were found to be nanomolar inhibitors of chymotrypsin and sub-nanomolar inhibitors of elastase, but did not present antiplasmodial activity. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of different tillage systems on aggregate structure and inner distribution of organic carbon
Gao, Lili ULg; Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Liang, Guopeng et al

in Geoderma (2017), 288

Tillage is a common agricultural practice affecting soil structure and biogeochemistry. Pore network geometries are crucial to oxygen concentration, gas diffusivity, water location and water movement ... [more ▼]

Tillage is a common agricultural practice affecting soil structure and biogeochemistry. Pore network geometries are crucial to oxygen concentration, gas diffusivity, water location and water movement. Soil aggregates, 4–6 mm in diameter and collected from silty loam in Belgium and sandy loam in China, were scanned using a micro-computed tomography scanner. Images with a pixel size of 6.9 μm were then processed with ImageJ software for pore network analysis. The treatments were no tillage (C-NT) and conventional tillage (C-CT) in China, and shallow tillage (G-ST) and conventional tillage (G-CT) in Belgium. The results showed that aggregates in conservational tillage (G-ST and C-NT) had numerous connected pores compared with conventional tillage (G-CT and C-CT). The Euler number (Ev) was significantly lower and visible total porosity and surface area (SA) were significantly higher in conservational tillage (G-ST and C-NT) than in conventional tillage (G-CT and C-CT) in both studied locations. The predominant size of pores was significantly higher in conservational tillage (G-ST and C-NT) than in conventional tillage (G-CT and C-CT) (> 150 μm vs 90–120 μm). Pore location within the aggregates also showed differences, with porosity being evenly distributed in the aggregates under conventional tillage (G-CT and C-CT). Under conservational tillage (G-ST and C-NT), the aggregates were heterogeneous, showing higher porosity at the center of the aggregates. There was a higher soil organic carbon (SOC) content in the external layer than in the internal layer in conservational tillage in Belgium (G-ST). In no tillage in China (C-NT), the SOC in the external and internal layers, however, showed similar results. Overall, conventional tillage (G-CT and C-CT) reduced the proportion of the largest pores within soil aggregates, whereas there was no significant relationship between pore morphologies and SOC content. Further investigation is required to measure the active and slow carbon pool distribution in the different layers and under different tillage practices. [less ▲]

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See detailLes plis du visuel. Réflexivité et énonciation dans l’image
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg; Beyaert-Geslin, Anne; Moutat, Audrey

Book published by Lambert Lucas (2017)

L’ambition de cet ouvrage est de développer en sémiotique visuelle une théorie et une méthodologie originairement formulées en linguistique, celles de l’énonciation. L’analyse énonciative permet de ... [more ▼]

L’ambition de cet ouvrage est de développer en sémiotique visuelle une théorie et une méthodologie originairement formulées en linguistique, celles de l’énonciation. L’analyse énonciative permet de décrire les points de vue à partir desquels l’image a été conçue et d’étudier les valeurs, les formes de vie ainsi que les idéologies offertes à l’observateur. Les plis du visuel revient sur la théorie inaugurale d’Émile Benveniste, sur ses apports et ceux de l’histoire de l’art (Louis Marin, Meyer Schapiro, Victor Stoichita…) et de la sémiotique contemporaine en vue de restituer la trajectoire théorique de la sémiotique visuelle et de dépasser la simple transposition dans l’image d’un appareil formel de l’énonciation validé en linguistique. Cet ouvrage se donne plus exactement pour objectif principal de constituer un organon de concepts inter-définis et d’instruments analytiques permettant de diversifier les différents types d’énonciation dans le cadre du langage visuel, à partir non seulement des constructions langagières de chaque image (type de perspective, rapports entre figure et fond, entre espaces englobant et englobé, entre forme et texture, etc.) mais aussi de leur appartenance à différents domaines socio-culturels (la publicité, l’éducation, la politique, etc.) et à différents médias (le cinéma, l’art numérique, les jeux-vidéo, etc.). Il s’articule en trois parties, « Enonciation et pratiques de l’audiovisuel », « Enonciation et perception. Cas de la peinture, de la photographie et du numérique », et « Enonciation et métalangage visuel », qui explorent trois points fondamentaux de la réflexion sémiotique contemporaine : la question de la transposabilité/transversalité de l’appareil formel de l’énonciation et de la spécificité de chaque pratique médiatique, la relation entre énonciation et perception et les propriétés métalinguistiques de l’énonciation. Au fil des différentes contributions, cet ouvrage propose ainsi un parcours de la sémiotique visuelle qui accompagne l’innovation technologique et médiatique à l’origine des nouvelles formes d’image ; il met l’accent sur la spécificité de l’énonciation dans les langages visuel et audiovisuel et impose une conceptualisation spécifique des contextes médiatiques. [less ▲]

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See detailUV Visible Spectrophotometric Determination of the Quality of Antiretroviral Drugs Distributed in Kinshasa
Ntambwe Kamangu, Erick; Mbinze Kindenge, Jérémie ULg; Mingu M., Arnold et al

in Open Acces Library Journal (2017)

Background: Antiretrovirals (ARVs) are the molecules used in the fight against infection by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Their main objective is to stop the virus from replicating and thus ... [more ▼]

Background: Antiretrovirals (ARVs) are the molecules used in the fight against infection by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Their main objective is to stop the virus from replicating and thus allow the immune system to recover. In 2001, the program to fight against HIV/AIDS United Nations (UNAIDS) and its partners has decided to strengthen the pharmaceutical channel and improve access to good quality care. Thus ARV quality control is recommended. Objective: The objective of this work was to monitor the quality of ARVs distributed in Kinshasa. Methodology: In this work, UV-visible spectrophotometry is used for the analysis of ARVs presented in simple form distributed in the city of Kinshasa. Results: The results of this work show that the stated and analyzed ARVs contain active ingredients; there is no placebo. Ten percent of these ARVs are non-compliant with regard to dosing of the active test. Conclusion: These results confirm the need to control these drugs to protect patients from adverse consequences related to their poor quality. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of poplar trees on the soil water dynamics of a maize field in West-Flanders
Coussement, Tom; Janssens, Pieter; Elsen, Annemie et al

Conference (2017, February 15)

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See detailDevelopment and implementation of a methodology for hybrid fire testing applied to concrete structures with elastic boundary conditions
Sauca, Ana ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Fire tests remain a precious tool to comprehend the behavior of structures under accidental fire conditions. The common practice in fire testing is to isolate the tested element in a furnace in which the ... [more ▼]

Fire tests remain a precious tool to comprehend the behavior of structures under accidental fire conditions. The common practice in fire testing is to isolate the tested element in a furnace in which the mechanical support conditions are maintained constant throughout the test. However, such tests fail to capture the effect of the structure surrounding the element of interest when this effect cannot be realistically modeled by a free or fixed support condition. It has been observed in large-scale tests that the behavior of entire structures under fire is different compared with the behavior observed in traditional tests on isolated elements. This indicates the importance of capturing accurately the boundary conditions between the element and the remainder of the structure when characterizing the behavior of this element in fire. The literature describes a few attempts at performing fire tests under realistic boundary conditions. In the latter, the tests were still performed on isolated elements but the boundary conditions were updated during the test taking into account the characteristics of the remainder structure. This technique, called hybrid testing, represents an appealing solution to test structural elements under realistic boundary conditions. Hybrid testing is a methodology which offers the advantage of testing singular structural elements (or a group of structural elements) named physical substructure PS while at the same time considering the characteristics of the remainder substructure named numerical NS, thus allowing to model realistic boundary conditions. Pioneering work has been done in the seismic field where this technique is now well described, but the implementation of this methodology for structural fire testing raises important challenges due to the specificities of the field. A few hybrid fire tests have been performed in the past on columns and slabs. Their analysis shows that they all use a similar methodology, which is referred to as the first generation method in this work. The objective of the thesis was to develop and implement a hybrid fire testing methodology on a reinforced concrete beam extracted from a moment resisting frame. Initially, it was intended to build on the first generation method, but after its detailed analysis in the development stage it has been observed that the process can be unstable. The value of the stiffness ratio between the numerical substructure and the physical substructures has been identified as critical in governing the stability of the test, dictating whether the hybrid test needs to be applied in displacement control or force control. This is a severe drawback of the first generation method, as the stiffness ratio is unknown and changing during the test; besides different degrees-of-freedom can require different procedures during the test. Therefore, it has been shown that the first generation method should not be applied as it can lead to instability prematurely during the tests. To overcome the drawbacks of the first generation method, the objective was to develop a new technique that leads to interface equilibrium and compatibility while at the same time is unconditionally stable (i.e. independently of the stiffness ratio). Thus a novel methodology was developed and applied to the case of a concrete beam (PS) being part of a concrete moment resisting frame (NS). The novel method makes use of the PS’s stiffness in addition to the NS’s stiffness as it was the case in the first generation method. The stiffness matrix of the PS is unknown during the test therefore the initial tangent stiffness matrix is considered during the calculations. The latter choice influences the value of the time step to be adopted during the test. Every time step the boundary conditions are updated and it will be discussed how the chosen value can influence the results. A predetermined matrix is used to describe the behavior of the NS during the hybrid fire tests. This approach does not capture the nonlinearity of the remainder but at the same time the implementation is relative simple and the negative effect of the time calculation is eliminated. The procedure to compute the predetermined matrix of the NS is presented in this thesis. One possible direction in the future development of hybrid fire testing is to model the NS in the finite element model. The algorithm of the proposed method is developed and implemented in nonlinear finite element software SAFIR in order to perform virtual hybrid fire tests. The same algorithm is translated in order to be implemented by the company in charge of the control system at the CERIB furnace facility. The thesis also presents a traditional fire test that has been performed on the beam, in order to highlight the differences when testing structural element without and with the real boundary conditions. For the hybrid test, three degrees-of-freedom are controlled at the interface. The furnace facility has an important role to perform successful test where the equilibrium and compatibility are ensured and no instability occurs during the test. The impediments encountered during the tests will be discussed along with the recommendation for a successful hybrid fire test. [less ▲]

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See detailPerfectly matched layers for convex truncated domains with discontinuous Galerkin time domain simulations
Modave, Axel; Lambrechts, Jonathan; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg

in Computers & Mathematics with Applications (2017), 73(4), 684-700

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See detailL’énonciation visuelle entre réflexivité et métalangage
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg

in Moutat, Audrey; Dondero, Maria Giulia; Beyaert-Geslin, Anne (Eds.) Les plis du visuel. Réflexivité et énonciation dans l’image (2017)

Ce texte vise tout d’abord à illustrer l’hypothèse selon laquelle le langage verbal n’est pas le traducteur unique et universel de toutes les sémiotiques (visuelles, musicales, audiovisuelles, etc.) comme ... [more ▼]

Ce texte vise tout d’abord à illustrer l’hypothèse selon laquelle le langage verbal n’est pas le traducteur unique et universel de toutes les sémiotiques (visuelles, musicales, audiovisuelles, etc.) comme l’affirment la sémiologie de Roland Barthes et l’approche linguistique. Nous comparons ensuite la notion de réflexivité à celle de métalangage : si les études sur la réflexivité sont assez répandues dans plusieurs disciplines concernant l’image dont en histoire de l’art, il n’en est pas de même pour la notion de métalangage qui implique généralement la hiérarchie d’un langage sur l’autre. Nous prenons en considération à ce propos les critiques des détracteurs de la possibilité d’envisager un métalangage visuel qui s’appuient sur la conviction que le langage visuel n’a pas d’alphabet ni de grammaire stables, voire qu’il est démuni d’unités morphologiques ainsi que de règles syntaxiques. Nous illustrons brièvement des tentatives de construire un alphabet d’unités visuelles, telle que celle de Paul Klee, et nous passons en revue des concepts opérationnels qui permettent de concevoir en image une dimension méta et notamment celui de « semi-symbolisme » selon A.J. Greimas et J.-M. Floch ainsi que celui de « pli » chez Ch. Metz. [less ▲]

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See detailTRIFOCAL INTRAOCULAR LENS WITH EXTENDED RANGE OF VISION AND CORRECTION OF LONGITUDINAL CHROMATIC ABERRATION
Pagnoulle, Christophe; Redzovic, Suad; Voisin, Laure et al

Patent (2017)

The present invention relates to an intraocular lens, and in particular to an intraocular lens with three focal points and a diffractive profile on an anterior or posterior face. This lens provides ... [more ▼]

The present invention relates to an intraocular lens, and in particular to an intraocular lens with three focal points and a diffractive profile on an anterior or posterior face. This lens provides extended range of vision (EROV) from far to near distance and reduces linear chromatic aberration (LCA). [less ▲]

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See detailRéflexions pour une anti-pédagogie publique et un chahut endémique : renversement du rapport maître-élève
Franck, Thomas ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailThe desire of parenthood: intuitive co-parental behaviors and quality of couple relationship among Italian and Belgian same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
Miscioscia, Marina ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Pagone, Paolo et al

in Frontiers in Psychology (2017), 8(110),

Studies that focused on family issues have allowed a great understanding of the aspectsrelated to its subsystems, such as parenting desire and its expectations, couples’satisfaction and quality of child’s ... [more ▼]

Studies that focused on family issues have allowed a great understanding of the aspectsrelated to its subsystems, such as parenting desire and its expectations, couples’satisfaction and quality of child’s outcomes. All these aspects are greatly interconnectedand contribute to the creation of specific family dynamics, such as the quality offamily interactions. The present study focuses on intuitive co-parental behaviors andthe quality of couple relationship observed during the decision process (intention anddesire) to be (or become) parents. Our first goal was to explore these aspects ina cross-national sample made of Italian and Belgian heterosexual, lesbian and gaycouples. We then aimed to evaluate if the degree of internalized homophobia affectsco-parental alliance. The quality of couple relationship and co-parental behaviors havebeen evaluated through the recruitment of a group of 115 stable heterosexual, gay andlesbian couples (230 individuals, 20–50 years of age) without children, who wanted tobecome parents. We used the Prenatal Lausanne Trilogue Play to evaluate the Co-parental Alliance; the couple’s satisfaction was assessed with the Dyadic AdjustmentScale and the Internalized Homophobia with the MISS-LG. In line with the existentliterature, the analysis did not find any difference between lesbian, gay and heterosexualcouples in terms of co-parental alliance. High levels of couple adjustment lead to betterparental performances among both Italian and Belgian couples. The results suggestalso that sexual stigma differs from one country to another, and it has an impact on thecapability of managing co-parenting. Clinical implications should be verified in furtherlongitudinal studies in order to observe the impact on the inter-generational transmissionof psychopathology. [less ▲]

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See detailL’habit fait-il le moine ? Le confesseur du Gouverneur des Pays-Bas espagnols (XVIIe siècle)
Pirlet, Pierre-François ULg

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See detailMagnetocaloric Properties of Zinc-Nickel Ferrites Around Room Temperature
El Maalam, Khadija; Fkhar, lahcen; Mohammed, Hamedoun et al

in Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism (2017)

In this paper, structural, magnetic, and magnetocaloric properties of zinc-doped nickel ferrite, Zn1−xNixFe2O4 (x = 0.3 and 0.4) were investigated. The samples were prepared using solid-state reaction. X ... [more ▼]

In this paper, structural, magnetic, and magnetocaloric properties of zinc-doped nickel ferrite, Zn1−xNixFe2O4 (x = 0.3 and 0.4) were investigated. The samples were prepared using solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and magnetization measurements were performed to study crystallographic structure and magnetic properties. For a magnetic field changing from 0 to 5 T, the corresponding isothermal entropy change was found to be near 1.4 J/kg K for both samples. The decreasing of Ni content from x = 0.4 to 0.3, enables to shift the Curie temperature of Zn1−xNixFe2O4 from 450 K toward (325 K). As main results, it was found that the relative cooling power (RCP) could be significantly enhanced by changing Ni concentration in Zn1−xNixFe2O4 (505 J/kg (for x = 0.3) and 670 J/kg (for x = 0.4)), which is considered as a recommended parameter for a wide temperature range in magnetic refrigeration application. Our finding should inspire and open new ways for the enhancement of the magnetocaloric effect in spinel ferrite-based materials. [less ▲]

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See detailTendances globales, besoins locaux et réponses des politiques de développement rural en Wallonie, Belgique
Dogot, Thomas ULg

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See detailMulti-evaporator air-conditioning system
Gillet, Thomas ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Andres, Emmanuelle et al

Conference (2017, February 14)

Regulation in terms of greenhouse gas emissions becomes more and more stringent and the fuel consumption targets decrease. In order to meet these demands, vehicle electrification has increased over the ... [more ▼]

Regulation in terms of greenhouse gas emissions becomes more and more stringent and the fuel consumption targets decrease. In order to meet these demands, vehicle electrification has increased over the last decade. With the arrival of plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles, efficient battery cooling system becomes a necessity and has to be integrated into the vehicle thermal management. One of the possibility is to integrate a chiller in the air conditioning system for extreme operating points. Moreover, this kind of system can be dedicated to luxury or large passenger cars for which a secondary evaporator is present to guarantee the comfort for rear passengers. The main challenge of this air-conditioning architecture is to maintain simultaneously the cabin thermal comfort via one or two evaporators on one hand and to maintain the battery cells in an ideal temperature range on the other hand. [less ▲]

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See detailBest Practices for NZEB design in Mixed & Cooling Dominated Climates
Attia, Shady ULg

in HARPUTLUGİL, Timuçin (Ed.) Symposium for Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings Project (2017, February 14)

High performance buildings including net zero energy buildings (NZEB) are facing difficulty to become market mainstream in warm and hot climates. Beside the economic there are serious technical and design ... [more ▼]

High performance buildings including net zero energy buildings (NZEB) are facing difficulty to become market mainstream in warm and hot climates. Beside the economic there are serious technical and design challenges that hampers design teams design, construct and operate NZEB in mixed and cooling dominated climates. There is a difficulty to make the Passive House standard cross the heating dominated climatic zones in Northern and Central Europe to get implemented in mixed or cooling dominated climates as an ultra-energy efficient building concept. There is a need for setting new climate adaptive energy efficiency target metrics for NZEBs in warm and hot climates. This paper presents guidance and recommendations on the necessary performance target metrics for NZEBs and makes them explicit. Results are based on cross analysis of several case studies, presenting an overview of challenges and providing recommendations based on available empirical evidence to further lower those barriers Worldwide with a focus on the European construction sector. By defining the performance thresholds for NZEBs including the metrics we offer design team the possibility of verification and design assessment during early design decision making phases to instil a kind of practical, evidence based and quantifiable guidance for high performance buildings and in particular NZEBs. [less ▲]

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See detailJuno and the first UVS results from PJ1
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg

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