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See detailSeven temperate terrestrial planets around the nearby ultracool dwarf star
Gillon, Michaël ULiege; Triaud, Amaury; Demory, Brice-Olivier et al

in Nature (2017), 542

One focus of modern astronomy is to detect temperate terrestrial exoplanets well-suited for atmospheric characterisation. A milestone was recently achieved with the detection of three Earth-sized planets ... [more ▼]

One focus of modern astronomy is to detect temperate terrestrial exoplanets well-suited for atmospheric characterisation. A milestone was recently achieved with the detection of three Earth-sized planets transiting (i.e. passing in front of) a star just 8% the mass of the Sun 12 parsecs away. Indeed, the transiting configuration of these planets combined with the Jupiter-like size of their host star - named TRAPPIST-1 - makes possible indepth studies of their atmospheric properties with current and future astronomical facilities. Here we report the results of an intensive photometric monitoring campaign of that star from the ground and with the Spitzer Space Telescope. Our observations reveal that at least seven planets with sizes and masses similar to the Earth revolve around TRAPPIST-1. The six inner planets form a near-resonant chain such that their orbital periods (1.51, 2.42, 4.04, 6.06, 9.21, 12.35 days) are near ratios of small integers. This architecture suggests that the planets formed farther from the star and migrated inward. The seven planets have equilibrium temperatures low enough to make possible liquid water on their surfaces. [less ▲]

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See detailL’imprimerie à Bruxelles sous les archiducs Albert et Isabelle (1598-1633)
Adam, Renaud ULiege

Conference (2017, February 23)

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See detailL’impôt des sociétés dans une perspective internationale : entre concurrence et convergence
Richelle, Isabelle ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, February 23)

Réformer l’imposition des sociétés implique de tenir compte de sa place dans le système fiscal. L’on songe à l’articulation avec l’impôt des personnes physiques, auquel sont soumis les entreprises ... [more ▼]

Réformer l’imposition des sociétés implique de tenir compte de sa place dans le système fiscal. L’on songe à l’articulation avec l’impôt des personnes physiques, auquel sont soumis les entreprises personnelles et les actionnaires individuels. Par ailleurs, est également abordée la question de l’efficacité des incitants fiscaux à l’Isoc, notamment en matière d’investissement, de recherche ou d’environnement. - Les mutations du cadre fiscal international réduisent fortement la marge de manœuvre du législateur belge. Les initiatives de l’OCDE (BEPS) et de l’Union européenne obligent la Belgique à repenser sa politique dite « de niches fiscales » et pourraient déboucher vers une plus forte convergence des systèmes fiscaux. En parallèle, il faut tenir compte des réformes mises en œuvre dans les autres Etats européens, qui eux aussi cherchent à s’adapter au nouveau contexte tout en restant compétitifs [less ▲]

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See detailEmbarquement pour Mars: défi et opportunité
Stiepen, Arnaud ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailThe Disclosure of Bad News to Customers in Services: Integrative Framework and Agenda for Future Research
Delcourt, Cécile ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, February 23)

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See detailComment le changement climatique influence-t-il la croissance du hêtre (Fagus sylvatica L.) le long du gradient bioclimatique de la Belgique ? Une approche dendroécologique.
Latte, Nicolas ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Health anomalies (e.g., worsening crown conditions) on beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) observed throughout Europe since the 1990s have raised growing concerns among foresters, particularly about the future ... [more ▼]

Health anomalies (e.g., worsening crown conditions) on beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) observed throughout Europe since the 1990s have raised growing concerns among foresters, particularly about the future behavior of the species in the face of climate change. This PhD research examined the relationship between beech and its environment in the context of global changes using dendroecology, combination of dendrochronology and forest ecology. The radial growth was used to evaluate the effects of global changes, particularly climate change, on beech development and vitality over time along a bioclimatic gradient in Belgium. Various analyses were carried out using dendrochronological tools (pointer years, mean sensitivity, growth-climate correlation, etc.) and modeling approaches (linear and non-linear mixed models, partial least squares regression, etc.) considering several scales: tree, stand and region. Results show that climate predominantly influenced beech growth since the mid-20th century and did so rather uniformly across Belgium. Beech mean sensitivity increased mainly in response to the higher frequency and intensity of summer heat waves and spring droughts. Isolated but pronounced annual growth reductions induced a gradual diminution of mean growth. The increasing influence of climate progressively concealed the effect of local site growing conditions inducing strong between-sites synchronization along the bioclimatic gradient. Increasing mean sensitivity and decreasing mean growth were more pronounced in lowlands than in uplands, and for a given site, older trees are more affected than younger ones. Although mean sensitivity increases and mean growth decreases naturally with age, the climate change effect was much more important than the age effect. Furthermore, within a tree, along the main stem, climate sensitivity slightly decreased from breast height to crown base and strongly increased from crown base to tree top. These results were interpreted based on ecophysiological knowledge of beech. The influences of silviculture, soil compaction and nitrogen deposition (as part of atmospheric pollution) as well as the consequences of the past and future climate change on beech were discussed. Comparisons with other studies in Europe highlighted that beech is affected on a large part of its natural distribution range (except in high altitude and high latitude). Contrary to what one might think, beech is not only affected in the southern limit (Mediterranean). Although growing conditions are more favorable in Belgium, beech has also more to lose. Beech has coped with global change up to now. Although its climate sensitivity increased and its mean growth decreased, diebacks observed these last years in Belgium were scarce and generally scattered. However, considering the upcoming climate change, the phytosanitary risk will undeniable increased. Forest policy should now integrate that risk and prepare managers to anticipate and prevent it. [less ▲]

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See detailJeu vidéo : réception et discours
Delbouille, Julie ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, February 23)

De nombreuses étiquettes sont associées par la presse et par le grand public tant au jeu vidéo qu’à ses utilisateurs. En se penchant sur les « discours à propos du jeu vidéo », cette séance de cours vise ... [more ▼]

De nombreuses étiquettes sont associées par la presse et par le grand public tant au jeu vidéo qu’à ses utilisateurs. En se penchant sur les « discours à propos du jeu vidéo », cette séance de cours vise à déconstruire les clichés habituellement associés au médium : en étudiant tant les pratiques vidéoludiques que l’évolution des discours, elle tente de reconstruire la place réelle occupée par le jeu vidéo au sein des foyers dans le monde francophone. [less ▲]

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See detailOne-pot, Pd/Cu-catalysed synthesis of alkynyl-substituted 3-ylidene-dihydrobenzo[d]isothiazole 1,1-dioxides
Etse, Koffi Senam ULiege

in Tetrahedron Letters (2017), 58(8), 789793

Enyne-substituted benzoisothiazole derivatives have been synthesised under one-pot, operationally simple conditions using 2-iodo-N-(trimethylsilylethynyl)benzenesulfonamides and terminal alkynes as ... [more ▼]

Enyne-substituted benzoisothiazole derivatives have been synthesised under one-pot, operationally simple conditions using 2-iodo-N-(trimethylsilylethynyl)benzenesulfonamides and terminal alkynes as starting materials and a palladium–copper-based catalytic system. The structure of these heterocycles has been demonstrated by NMR spectroscopy and confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analysis. A plausible reaction mechanism has been proposed. [less ▲]

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See detail9. Nutrition azotée de l’épeautre en Ardenne et en région limoneuse
Escarnot, Emmanuelle; Meza Morales, Walter ULiege; Crémer, S. et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Watillon, Bernard (Eds.) Livre Blanc Céréales (2017, February 22)

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See detail2. Implantation des cultures
Eylenbosch, Damien ULiege; Meza Morales, Walter ULiege; Monfort, Bruno et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Watillon, Bernard (Eds.) Livre Blanc Céréales (2017, February 22)

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See detailLivre Blanc Céréales
Bodson, Bernard ULiege; Watillon, Bernard

Book published by Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (2017)

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See detail10. 1. Impact de la gestion des résidus de cultures sur la fertilité des sols et la production agricole
Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULiege; Barbieux, Sophie ULiege; Pierreux, Jérome ULiege et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Watillon, Bernard (Eds.) Livre Blanc Céréales (2017, February 22)

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See detailPratiques du détournement dans la bande dessinée
Dejasse, Erwin ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, February 22)

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See detailA Multiplatform Experiment to Unravel Meso- and Submesoscale Processes in an Intense Front (AlborEx)
Pascual, Ananda; Ruiz, Simon; Olita, Antonio et al

in Frontiers in Marine Science (2017)

The challenges associated with meso- and submesoscale variability (between 1 and 100 km) require high-resolution observations and integrated approaches. Here we describe a major oceanographic experiment ... [more ▼]

The challenges associated with meso- and submesoscale variability (between 1 and 100 km) require high-resolution observations and integrated approaches. Here we describe a major oceanographic experiment designed to capture the intense but transient vertical motions in an area characterized by strong fronts. Finescale processes were studied in the eastern Alboran Sea (Western Mediterranean) about 400 km east of the Strait of Gibraltar, a relatively sparsely sampled area. In-situ systems were coordinated with satellite data and numerical simulations to provide a full description of the physical and biogeochemical variability. Hydrographic data confirmed the presence of an intense salinity front formed by the confluence of Atlantic Waters, entering from Gibraltar, with the local Mediterranean waters. The drifters coherently followed the northeastern limb of an anticyclonic gyre. Near real time data from acoustic current meter data profiler showed consistent patterns with currents of up to 1 m/s in the southern part of the sampled domain. High-resolution glider data revealed submesoscale structures with tongues of chlorophyll-a and oxygen associated with the frontal zone. Numerical results show large vertical excursions of tracers that could explain the subducted tongues and filaments captured by ocean gliders. A unique aspect of AlborEx is the combination of high-resolution synoptic measurements of vessel-based measurements, autonomous sampling, remote sensing and modeling, enabling the evaluation of the underlying mechanisms responsible for the observed distributions and biogeochemical patchiness. The main findings point to the importance of fine-scale processes enhancing the vertical exchanges between the upper ocean and the ocean interior. [less ▲]

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See detailAncient Egyptian philology: The digital turn. Current projects and future perspectives for the study of Ancient Egyptian texts
Polis, Stéphane ULiege; Razanajao, Vincent ULiege

Conference (2017, February 21)

Use of Information Technologies in Egyptology can be traced back to the early 1960s, when first efforts were made in documenting Meroitic scripts or emblematic corpora such as the Pyramid Texts. With the ... [more ▼]

Use of Information Technologies in Egyptology can be traced back to the early 1960s, when first efforts were made in documenting Meroitic scripts or emblematic corpora such as the Pyramid Texts. With the rise of the Digital Humanities in the mid-2000s, many new academic projects that implement IT solutions not only as a way to manage and present data, but also to produce, process and analyse the material, have come to light in the field. The aim of this paper is to give a survey of current digital projects related to the study of ancient Egyptian and Coptic texts. Our goal is not to be exhaustive, but to discuss the methods and tools that are being used and to describe the variety of scholarly practices. The first set of projects to be examined are those related to digital text editions and annotated corpora (including the types of representation format). Second, the question of how to handle the complex writing systems of Ancient Egypt will be addressed by looking at projects that focus on encoding (Manuel de Codage vs Unicode), on establishing hieroglyphic sign-lists (the Thot-Sign-List), on palaeographical databases and on ways to OCRize original texts efficiently. The issue of interoperability and data sharing will then be investigated through a presentation of several related projects working on a XML/TEI interchange format as well as on digital resources for enabling a Linked Open Data approach to the ancient Egyptian written material (http://thot.philo.ulg.ac.be/). Finally, we will argue in favour of a coherent data model so that encoding of data and metadata is done in the most effective way. [less ▲]

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See detailUne architecture novatrice
Charlier, Sébastien ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailThe importance of pollen chemistry in evolutionary host shifts of bees
Vanderplanck, Maryse ULiege; Vereecken, Nicolas; Grumiau, Laurent et al

in Scientific Reports (2017)

Although bee-plant associations are generally maintained through speciation processes, host shifts have occurred during evolution. Understanding shifts between both phylogenetically and morphologically ... [more ▼]

Although bee-plant associations are generally maintained through speciation processes, host shifts have occurred during evolution. Understanding shifts between both phylogenetically and morphologically unrelated plants (i.e., host-saltation) is especially important since they could have been key processes in the origin and radiation of bees. Probably far from being a random process, such host-saltation might be driven by hidden constraints associated with plant traits. We selected two clades of oligolectic bees (i.e., Colletes succinctus group and Melitta leporina group) foraging on co-flowering but unrelated host-plants to test this hypothesis. We analyzed floral scent, floral color and chemical composition of pollen from host and non-host plants of these two clades. We did not find evidence for host-plant evolution in the Melitta leporina group driven by one of the assayed floral traits. On the contrary, hosts of the C. succinctus group display similar primary nutritive content of pollen (i.e., amino acids and sterols) but not similar floral scent or color, suggesting that shared pollen chemistry probably mediates saltation in this clade. Our study revealed that constraints shaping floral associations are diverse and clearly depend on species life-history traits, but evidence suggests that pollen chemistry may act as a major floral filter and guide evolutionary host-shifts. [less ▲]

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