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See detailGrazing practices, perception and expectations of Walloon dairy farmers
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Bernard, Maxime; Lioy, Rocco et al

in Högling, Mats; Bakken, Anne Kjersti; Hovstad, Knut Anders (Eds.) et al The multiple roles of grassland in the European bioecnomy (2016, September 04)

The role of grasslands as a C sink is generally accepted. It is considered that permanent grasslands allow annual C storage rates between 22 and 44 g C/m2/y (Soussana et al., 2010) thereby contributing to ... [more ▼]

The role of grasslands as a C sink is generally accepted. It is considered that permanent grasslands allow annual C storage rates between 22 and 44 g C/m2/y (Soussana et al., 2010) thereby contributing to the mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Grassland preservation has several other advantages including a decrease in feeding costs (Dillon et al., 2005), a positive effect on cows’ health (e.g.a decrease in lameness) (Burow et al., 2011) and the provision of a positive image to consumers. Despite these arguments, grazing is decreasing in Europe and grasslands are disappearing. A better understanding of grazing practices and of farmers’ expectations could suggest ways of improving these practices and limiting grassland disappearance. As a result, Walloon dairy farmers were surveyed in December 2015 and the preliminary results are presented below. [less ▲]

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See detailBack on Track... in 3D
Marchal, Antoine ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; De Bruyn, Nico

Poster (2016, September 04)

Ecological monitoring provides basic information on population status and distribution that is crucial for conservation, research and management strategies. Studies using tracks are controversial due to ... [more ▼]

Ecological monitoring provides basic information on population status and distribution that is crucial for conservation, research and management strategies. Studies using tracks are controversial due to past misuses tainted with subjectivity. Advances in photogrammetry literally add another dimension to the recording techniques, and geometric morphometrics provides an appropriate approach for the study of track shape variation. Tracks are back on track in conservation! [less ▲]

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See detailCo-producing evidence: Ethnographic inquiry of a "wild" search for causation
Duysens, Fanny ULg

Conference (2016, September 03)

Drawing on a multi-sited ethnography which explores the field of patients’ organizations (POs) concerned with genetic disorders within the Belgian context, this communication is interested in some ... [more ▼]

Drawing on a multi-sited ethnography which explores the field of patients’ organizations (POs) concerned with genetic disorders within the Belgian context, this communication is interested in some knowledge-related collaboration between POs and scientific and medical experts, or “wild research” projects (Callon & Rabeharisoa, 2003). Especially, it examines an informant's narrative of the "wild" search for causation of the disorder by which his family is concerned and the inherent forms and modalities of knowledge production, circulation and validation. While STS scholars have traditionally seen POs as epistemic communities, they currently point out an increasing engagement in such novel forms of collaboration over the last decades. This leads to the emergence of a certain “evidence-based activism” (EBA) among POs, characterized by a growing articulation of credential and more “experiential” knowledge to define common epistemologies of the conditions they are concerned with. The springs of this articulation remain to be explored. Thus, the aim is to flesh out the recent concept of EBA, to empirically question what it covers, and how new biomedical knowledge is generated by “evidence activists”. Rather than provoking “radical openings in technoscientific practice”, our observations show a continuous co-production of knowledge taking place within POs engaged in EBA. So, this paper will take stock of these transformations and envisage the affordances and blind spots for STS of the use of new concepts such as EBA. [less ▲]

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See detailNourrir à l’herbe : principales règles nutritionnelles pour réussir
Beckers, Yves ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailUrban soils with a sideway glance
Meulemans, Germain ULg

Conference (2016, September 03)

The soils of cities are becoming an important subject for the soil sciences, triggering revisions in their usual modes of research and concepts. One implication of this is the resort to the 'ecological ... [more ▼]

The soils of cities are becoming an important subject for the soil sciences, triggering revisions in their usual modes of research and concepts. One implication of this is the resort to the 'ecological engineering' of soils, framed as a research in soil processes through the active making of soils from scratch. In this, several voices from inside the Soil sciences call for a move from descriptive research to open-ended experimentation. A similar move has also been called for in anthropology. Ingold, notably, suggests to revive the 'craft of anthropology' (2008), encouraging anthropologists to participate in the carrying on of life through craft and experimentation, rather than restraining to retrospective accounts of its unfolding dynamics. How, then, can turns towards making resonate between the practices of soil scientists and those of the anthropologists that attempt to study them? In this paper, I present a collaborative experiment between artists, anthropologists and soil scientists that was carried out in a series of residences near Paris between 2015 and 2016. The residential sessions consisted in a continuation and speculative exploration of the questions raised in both the soil sciences and anthropology in an experimental, creative way - addressing the intertwinement of human and soil becomings from direct engagement with them. The paper addresses how such experiments can be a research process, aimed at exploring the world 'with a sideway glance' (Ingold, 2008). The paper concludes with open questions on where anthropological investigation through art making might play a role in the future of disciplinarities. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing Basic Motor Competencies in Primary School – an International Comparative Study in Europe
Scheuer, Claude; Cloes, Marc ULg; Colella, Dario et al

Conference (2016, September 03)

A central aim of primary physical education (PE) is the promotion of physical competencies as a necessary condition of developing a physically active lifestyle and to be able to participate in the Olympic ... [more ▼]

A central aim of primary physical education (PE) is the promotion of physical competencies as a necessary condition of developing a physically active lifestyle and to be able to participate in the Olympic community. We defined basic motor competencies as physical performance dispositions, which evolved from task-specific requirements in the culture of sports and exercise. They are supposed to be learnable, based on previous experiences and can be improved through practice. Potential evaluations of effects in PE need to consider situation-specific and context-dependent characteristics of PE as well as prior experiences of pupils. Therefore, a design for test items, which are closely related to PE and vary in difficulty depending on the age of the pupils, is necessary. For this purpose, we developed the MOBAK-1 test instrument for the assessment of basic motor competencies in first graders. It allows teachers to identify groups in need of special support, and initiate these support measures to reduce inequalities. The first study took place in Zurich (Switzerland) and focused on construct validity (e.g., the factorial validity of the instrument). Between spring 2015 and spring 2016, the MOBAK-1 test instrument was and will be implemented in further countries in Europe. At this time, we have four samples of four different countries: (1) Switzerland (Zurich) (N = 317; girls = 55%; age: M = 7.04 years [SD = .37]; BMI = 16.08 [SD = 2.25]) assessed by University of Basel (Dr. Christian Herrmann); (2) Germany (Frankfurt) (N = 1061; girls = 45%; age: M = 6.80 years [SD = .89]; BMI = 16.30 [SD = 2.37]) assed by University of Frankfurt (Prof. Dr. Christopher Heim); (3) Lithuania (Kaunas) (N = 120; girls = 48%; age: M = 7.76 years [SD = .33]; BMI = 16.14 [SD = 2.30]) assessed by Lithuanian Sports University (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arunas Emeljanovas); (4) Italy (Foggia) (N = 85; girls = 45%; age: M = 7.24 years [SD = .30]; BMI = 17.53 [SD = 3.04]) assessed by University of Foggia (Prof. Dr. Dario Colella). Further samples are currently on the way to be completed in four other countries: (1) Luxembourg (N = 280) assessed by University of Luxembourg (Claude Scheuer); (2) Slovakia (Trnava) (N = 240) assessed by University of Trnava (Dr. Dana Masarykova); (3) Czech Republic (Brno) (N = 600) assessed by University of Brno (Dr. Petr Vlcek); (4) Belgium (Liège) (N = 450) assessed by University of Liège (Prof. Dr. Marc Cloes and Dr. Boris Jidovtseff). In the initial validation study in Switzerland, two factors consisting of four items each were found. The related EFA (Study 1: CFI=.98; RMSEA=.024) and CFA (Study 2: CFI =.95; RMSEA=.044) revealed good model fit indices. The first factor “Locomotion” represents body movements (e.g., balancing), the second factor “Object-control” represents ball control (e.g., catching). Conclusions: The developed MOBAK test instrument meets psychometric validity demands based on the Swiss data. The presentation will show the results of the validation studies in further European countries and the results of the comparative study. [less ▲]

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See detailVibrations in the Flat Land- A Study of the Vibrational Properties of the Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides
Pike, Nicholas ULg; Dewandre, Antoine ULg; Verstraete, Matthieu ULg et al

Scientific conference (2016, September 03)

Calculations of the vibrational properties of the transition-metal dichalcoginides depend critically on the lattice parameters, symmetries of the underlying system, and the non-local dispersive ... [more ▼]

Calculations of the vibrational properties of the transition-metal dichalcoginides depend critically on the lattice parameters, symmetries of the underlying system, and the non-local dispersive interaction. Here we present phonon band structure calculations, dielectric tensors, elastic tensors, and Born Effective Charges for the transition-metal dichalcogenides $MoS_2$, $MoSe_2$, $MoTe_2$, $WS_2$, $WSe_2$, $NbS_2$, and $NbSe_2$. We systematically investigate the role of the long-range $e^⁻$-$e^⁻$ interaction, spin-orbit coupling, and pseudo-potential approximation, and highlight their importance on the TMD structural and vibrational properties. We find that the phonon spectrum, calculated with the help of a Grimme's D3 non-local Van der Waals interaction depends strongly on the accuracy of the lattice parameters and slightly on the addition of the non-local Van der Waals interaction in the phonon frequency itself. We also find that the sign of the Born Effective Charges on each atom in the Hexagonal TMDs are the opposite of similarly structured compounds. We explore reasons as to why this occurs. Additionally, our calculation of the dielectric tensor and elastic tensor allow us to describe the mechanical properties of the system which are necessary to know for future device applications. [less ▲]

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See detail“That’s only statistics”:Recording PPPs in national accounts
Piron, Damien ULg

Conference (2016, September 02)

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See detailThe influence of COMT on the neural substrates of short-term memory in normal aging
Manard, Marine ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg

Conference (2016, September 02)

Working memory dopaminergic modulation is generally expressed in healthy aging by an advantage for carriers of the Met allele at behavioral and brain activity levels. However, most tasks used did not ... [more ▼]

Working memory dopaminergic modulation is generally expressed in healthy aging by an advantage for carriers of the Met allele at behavioral and brain activity levels. However, most tasks used did not allow to easily disentangle the contribution of maintenance and manipulation processes. We explored the effect of COMT genotype on the maintenance process using a Sternberg memory task varying the amount of information presented, in young and older homozygous carriers for the Val and Met alleles of the COMT gene. Although no clear behavioral difference was observed between groups, patterns of cerebral activity indicate difficulties for Met older individuals to maintain stable representations. These results will be discussed in terms of dopaminergic contribution to stability/flexibility of cognitive processes during aging. [less ▲]

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See detailAlgumas reflexões sobre o filme literário
Badir, Sémir ULg

Scientific conference (2016, September 02)

Gostaria, nesta palestra, de referir-me à maneira como se foram tecendo, no discurso do saber, os laços entre cinema e literatura, propondo certas pistas de reflexão a fim de desatar e reatar esses laços ... [more ▼]

Gostaria, nesta palestra, de referir-me à maneira como se foram tecendo, no discurso do saber, os laços entre cinema e literatura, propondo certas pistas de reflexão a fim de desatar e reatar esses laços. Para tanto, pode ser tomada, como ponto de partida, uma resposta dada pela escritora e cineasta Marguerite Duras durante uma entrevista na televisão em 1966: "Em geral, sou contra a adaptação do romance para o cinema, principalmente dos romances clássicos. (...) Imaginemos um jovem que nunca leu Moby Dick e que o leia depois de ter visto o filme. Para ele, o filme será um estorvo, sua relação com a narrativa será forçosamente impura, desde o início. É por isso que sou contra a adaptação das obras-primas para o cinema. Ela destrói, afasta, corrompe o fenômeno da leitura, que é um fenômeno importantíssimo, quando não o mais importante". [less ▲]

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See detailMacro- and near-mesoporous monoliths by medium internal phase emulsion polymerization: a systematic study
Mathieu, Kevin ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg

in Polymer (2016), 99

The synthesis of a series of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrene copolymers with different block lengths was performed by radical addition fragmentation chain transfer. These amphiphilic copolymers were ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of a series of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrene copolymers with different block lengths was performed by radical addition fragmentation chain transfer. These amphiphilic copolymers were tested as stabilizers for water-in-oil medium internal phase emulsion (MIPE) templating polymerization and the formation of polyMIPEs with controlled morphology. Aside from the structure of the emulsion stabilizer, several parameters susceptible to influence the size of the cavities and the interconnectivity of the porous monoliths were probed including the choice of the comonomers, treatment of the emulsion by ultrasound, the use of controlled radical polymerization method for the network formation as well as interfacial initiation. Interconnected cellular monoliths were produced. The polymerization of the ultrasonicated water-in-ethylhexylacrylate/divinylbenzene MIPE notably led to near-mesoporous open-cell material. Mechanical properties and specific surface areas of the polyMIPEs were also investigated and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLe potentiel des blogues et des réseaux numériques dans l'apprentissage d'une langue étrangère
Vintila, Elena-Georgiana ULg

Conference (2016, September 02)

We selected two French foreign language textbooks published in Romania under the Ministry of Education in 2004 and 2005 by the same publishing house and we will analyze the modality of presentation of ... [more ▼]

We selected two French foreign language textbooks published in Romania under the Ministry of Education in 2004 and 2005 by the same publishing house and we will analyze the modality of presentation of grammar points offered by textbooks and selected blogs. For this analysis, we will focus on: the appearance of textbooks, respectively blogs, the presentation of the grammar point set analysis, types and number of exercises. In addition, we will try to see what socio-cultural values ​​are highlighted by the authors and how bloggers alter through publications. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of high-wheat bran diet on sows’ microbiota, performances and progeny’s growth and health
Leblois, Julie ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Dehareng, Frédéric et al

Conference (2016, September 02)

Finding alternatives to antimicrobial growth promoters is part of the goal of improving sustainability in pig production. Dietary fibres are considered as health-promoting substances acting on pigs’ ... [more ▼]

Finding alternatives to antimicrobial growth promoters is part of the goal of improving sustainability in pig production. Dietary fibres are considered as health-promoting substances acting on pigs’ microbiota. This study aimed to investigate whether the enrichment of sows’ diet with high levels of wheat bran (WB) could impact the performances of sows and piglets’ health. Seven sows were fed a control diet (CON) and 8 sows a WB diet from day 43 of gestation (WB 240 g/kg DM) until the end of the lactation period (WB 140 g/kg DM). Diets were formulated to be iso-energetic and iso-nitrogenous by changing the proportions of some ingredients. Faeces were sampled at different time points (before treatment, during treatment: in gestation and lactation) to determine microbiota composition (sequencing with Illumina MiSeq). Milk was sampled weekly to determine lactose, fat and protein concentration by mid-infrared technology and IgA and IgG contents by ELISA. Before weaning (d26-27), piglets were euthanized, intestinal contents and tissues sampled for further analyses. Zootechnical performances of sows and piglets were recorded. Statistical analyses were performed using the SAS MIXED procedure and repeated measurements. Treatment never impacted piglets’ weight (P=0.51). Sows’ ingestion during the lactation period was comparable between both treatments until the last 4 days of lactation where the percentage of target ingestion was significantly (P<0.001) lower for the WB (66%) compared to the CON group (89%). No effect on sows’ backfat and weight changes was observed. An increased abundance of Lactobacillus spp. in feces of the WB group was observed in gestation before and after diet change (8.8% vs 15.1% of total bacteria). However, for the overall genera changes between treatments, it only seems to occur for minor groups of bacteria. Milk protein, fat, IgG and IgA were not affected by treatment, but a time-effect (P<0.001) was observed while treatment impacted (P<0.05) lactose content. In conclusion, sows’ performances were not affected by the high WB diet and more research on the piglets’ samples is foreseen. [less ▲]

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See detailActivation de la coagulation par la Transition Epithélio-Mésenchymateuse: impact sur la colonisation métastatique
Bourcy, Morgane ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Au cours de la cascade métastatique, des cellules tumorales quittent la tumeur primaire et envahissent le sang (Cellules Tumorales Circulantes, CTCs) pour former des métastases dans des organes ... [more ▼]

Au cours de la cascade métastatique, des cellules tumorales quittent la tumeur primaire et envahissent le sang (Cellules Tumorales Circulantes, CTCs) pour former des métastases dans des organes secondaires. Le processus métastatique est hautement sélectif et seule une faible proportion de CTCs survit dans la circulation et colonise les sites secondaires pour former des métastases. Les cellules tumorales subissent des changements phénotypiques qui leur procurent des propriétés migratoires et invasives ainsi que des capacités de survie accrue leur permettant de franchir ces différentes étapes. A ce jour, il est largement accepté que les processus de Transition Epithélio-Mésenchymateuse (TEM) sont impliqués dans cette plasticité cellulaire et participent à la libération et à la biologie des CTCs. Des données de la littérature indépendantes ainsi que des résultats du laboratoire suggèrent, par ailleurs, que les processus de coagulation pourraient favoriser les étapes précoces de la dissémination métastatique (survie, persistance, arrêt et extravasation). Au cours de ce travail de doctorat, nous avons examiné l’acquisition potentielle de propriétés pro-coagulantes par les CTCs dérivées d’une TEM impliquant l’expression du Facteur Tissulaire (FT), l’initiateur cellulaire clé de la cascade de coagulation. De telles propriétés coagulantes permettraient la formation d’une matrice de fibrine protectrice autour des CTCs favorisant, ainsi, leur survie dans la circulation sanguine et la colonisation métastatique. A l’aide de divers modèles cellulaires in vitro, nous avons montré que les processus de TEM sont associés à une expression accrue du FT et à des propriétés pro-coagulantes. Ensuite, nous avons fonctionnellement lié les processus de TEM à ces régulations en y impliquant des facteurs de transcription de la TEM, ZEB1 et Snail. De plus, en utilisant des modèles de métastases expérimentales, nous avons montré que l’axe TEM/FT/coagulation procure aux CTCs des propriétés de survie et des capacités de colonisation métastatique accrues. Enfin, nous avons apporté une validation clinique à ces résultats en observant des CTCs positives pour le FT et la vimentine, un marqueur mésenchymateux, dans le sang de patientes atteintes d’un cancer du sein métastatique. L’ensemble de nos résultats met en évidence un nouvel axe de régulation TEM/FT permettant une activation locale de la coagulation par les CTCs TEM+ favorisant la colonisation métastatique précoce. [less ▲]

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See detailLa voix de l'enseignant
Remacle, Angélique ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

Cette formation sur la voix destinée aux enseignants se veut théorique et pratique. Elle aborde les points suivants: 1) les bases d'anatomie et principes de fonctionnement de la voix, 2) les ... [more ▼]

Cette formation sur la voix destinée aux enseignants se veut théorique et pratique. Elle aborde les points suivants: 1) les bases d'anatomie et principes de fonctionnement de la voix, 2) les professionnels de la voix, 3) que faire quand la voix dysfonctionne, et 4) comment optimiser la voix? [less ▲]

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See detailChaotic Bohmian trajectories for stationary states
Cesa, Alexandre ULg; Martin, John ULg; Struyve, Ward

in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical (2016), 49

In Bohmian mechanics, the nodes of the wave function play an important role in the generation of chaos. However, so far, most of the attention has been on moving nodes; little is known about the ... [more ▼]

In Bohmian mechanics, the nodes of the wave function play an important role in the generation of chaos. However, so far, most of the attention has been on moving nodes; little is known about the possibility of chaos in the case of stationary nodes. We address this question by considering stationary states, which provide the simplest examples of wave functions with stationary nodes. We provide examples of stationary wave functions for which there is chaos, as demonstrated by numerical computations, for one particle moving in 3 spatial dimensions and for two and three entangled particles in two dimensions. Our conclusion is that the motion of the nodes is not necessary for the generation of chaos. What is important is the overall complexity of the wave function. That is, if the wave function, or rather its phase, has complex spatial variations, it will lead to complex Bohmian trajectories and hence to chaos. Another aspect of our work concerns the average Lyapunov exponent, which quantifies the overall amount of chaos. Since it is very hard to evaluate the average Lyapunov exponent analytically, which is often computed numerically, it is useful to have simple quantities that agree well with the average Lyapunov exponent. We investigate possible correlations with quantities such as the participation ratio and different measures of entanglement, for different systems and different families of stationary wave functions. We find that these quantities often tend to correlate to the amount of chaos. However, the correlation is not perfect, because, in particular, these measures do not depend on the form of the basis states used to expand the wave function, while the amount of chaos does. [less ▲]

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See detailTEACHING VETERINARY RADIOLOGY: DOES COMPARISON HELP?
Etienne, Anne-Laure ULg; Delguste, Catherine ULg; Busoni, Valeria ULg

Poster (2016, September 01)

Introduction/Purpose Comparison learning is an approach for learning complex visual tasks. As described in human medicine, by comparing radiographs with pathology and without pathology, veterinary ... [more ▼]

Introduction/Purpose Comparison learning is an approach for learning complex visual tasks. As described in human medicine, by comparing radiographs with pathology and without pathology, veterinary students could learn to discriminate relevant disease-related information to recognize the disease. We hypothesized that exposure to a training by side-by-side comparison of normal to abnormal radiographs would lead to higher visual diagnostic accuracy and possibly to a higher ability to describe the features of a known disease on canine thoracic radiographs. Material and methods Twenty veterinary students were randomly assigned to either a group that compared radiographs showing thoracic disease with normal images (group 1) or to a group that only studied abnormal radiographs (group 2). All students had their theoretical radiology teaching and 13 of them had also received the practical teaching of the study curriculum, evenly distributed between the 2 groups. Twenty-nine radiographs of small animal thorax were used. The procedure consisted in three experimenter-supervised phases: 1. training, 2. visual recognition test, 3. feature description test. In the training phase, each screen showed two radiographs with the name of the disease present in each. In the group 1 (pathology/normal condition), a radiograph of a patient and a normal image were shown next to each other. In the group 2 (pathology/pathology condition), two radiographs of patients with the same disease were shown next to each other. The 9 screens were presented twice, with the diseases in a different order for the first and second runs. A Mann-Whitney test was used to compare the success rates of groups of students. Results On visual recognition test, there was no statistical difference in visual diagnostic accuracy between groups. When students gave the wrong answer, they often diagnosed the item as another disease of similar distribution (diffuse or focal). Students who received the practical teaching and students of group 1 had a higher accuracy for normal thoracic radiographs. On feature description test, no significant effect of comparison learning was found, but focal diseases were better described than diffuse diseases with a significant difference between these. Discussion/Conclusions Results show that comparison with normal images did not help in recognizing or describing thoracic pathologies but helps to recognize normal images. [less ▲]

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