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See detailThe effect of sampling effort on mammalian paleodiversity: the fossil record of large and small mammals compared
Santaella, Beatriz; Figueirido, Borja; Cascales - Miñana, Borja ULg et al

in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2014 (2014, November)

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See detailIl faut agir sur les structures et les pratiques
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Wallonie : Revue du Conseil Economique et Social de la Région Wallonne (2014), (124), 16-19

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See detailSpace Weather at Saturn - Auroral observations
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2014, November)

Unlike to Earth, Saturn is a fast rotator and its magnetosphere is dominated by fast planetary rotation and internally driven processes. However, the interaction of the solar wind with Saturn’s ... [more ▼]

Unlike to Earth, Saturn is a fast rotator and its magnetosphere is dominated by fast planetary rotation and internally driven processes. However, the interaction of the solar wind with Saturn’s magnetosphere is not negligible and it is manifested among others in the auroral region. The interplanetary magnetic field reconnects with the dayside magnetopause at Saturn and results in enhancements in the auroral emission accompanied by entry of significant amount of open flux in the magnetosphere. The solar wind affects also the nightside magnetosphere. Dramatic enhancements of the nightside-dawn auroral emissions have been attributed to solar wind-induced auroral storms. Additionally, recent auroral observations revealed the presence of a transpolar arc at Saturn, one of the most spectacular auroral features at Earth, which could be possibly related to solar wind driven tail reconnection. Finally, there is evidence of viscous interaction of the solar wind with Saturn’s magnetosphere, which involves magnetic reconnection on a small scale. [less ▲]

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See detailFormal languages, automata and numeration systems, volume 1: Introduction to combinatorics on words
Rigo, Michel ULg

Book published by ISTE-Wiley (2014)

The goal is not to have an encyclopedic presentation of the subject, but to familiarize the reader with a series of selected selected topics on words (words, morphisms, factor complexity, Sturmian words ... [more ▼]

The goal is not to have an encyclopedic presentation of the subject, but to familiarize the reader with a series of selected selected topics on words (words, morphisms, factor complexity, Sturmian words, ...). The philosophy is to rigorously present the concepts being illustrated with many examples (particularly in relations to numeration systems or symbolic dynamics). The reader should be able to quickly gain access to current research problems or attend a conference on the subject. Interactions between combinatorics, arithmetic and automata theory are also highlighted. The book requires little (or no) prerequisites and thus should be accessible to a wide audience (computer scientists/mathematicians, at Master/graduate level). The first volume can be used for a course in one semester in combinatorics of words (e.g. I give regularly the first two chapters to read to my students, the last one serving as complement for the 'advanced' students). [less ▲]

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See detailCeramic Materials for Dental Prostheses
MAINJOT, Amélie ULg

in Biomaterials (2014)

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See detailCost-effectiveness model for sofosbuvir in chronic hepatitis C
De Groote, K; Michielsen, P; DELWAIDE, Jean ULg

in Value in Health (2014, November)

Pan-genotypic cost-effectiveness has been demonstrated for sofosbuvir in comparison for the current standard of care in HCV in Belgium. Overall, the wheghted pan-genotypic ICER is 15.575 Euros.

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See detailEvalulating the additional value of the illness perceptions questionnaire in patients with chronic low back pain
Leysen, M; Nijs, J; Van Wilgen, CP et al

in Abstract Book of 7th Biennial Congress of The Belgian Back Society (2014, November)

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See detailBash Tapa (Iraq). The Pottery from the First Excavation Campaign
Mas, Juliette ULg

Conference (2014, November)

Bash Tapa is a circa 8 ha settlement, located 35 km South of Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan. Its exploration was began in September 2013 by a french archaeological mission, led by L. Marti (CNRS, Paris). When ... [more ▼]

Bash Tapa is a circa 8 ha settlement, located 35 km South of Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan. Its exploration was began in September 2013 by a french archaeological mission, led by L. Marti (CNRS, Paris). When the sounding carried out on the top of the site allowed us to explore middle-assyrian levels, the stratigraphical step trench excavated on the southern slope of the tell revealed six phases of occupation dating to the 3rd millennium BC, from the Ninevite 5 to the Early Dynastic III periods. A first evaluation of the pottery material recovered in this operation revealed that there are different traditions represented at the site. In fact, while the material dated from the beginning of the Early Bronze Age is clearly related to the Northern tradition, the most recent 3rd millennium levels identified so far have provided us with pottery which could be connected to Central Mesopotamia, and more specifically to the Diyala region. This paper will give a first overview of the pottery from the first campaign of excavation at Bash Tapa, mainly focusing on 3rd millennium material, its links with the other regions of Near East and its significance for chronology. [less ▲]

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See detailSpasticity in disorders of consciousness: a behavioral study
Thibaut, Aurore ULg; Chatelle, Camille ULg; Wannez, Sarah ULg et al

in European Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2014)

Background: Spasticity is a frequent complication after severe brain injury, which may impede the rehabilitation process and diminish the patients’ quality of life. Aim: We here investigate the presence ... [more ▼]

Background: Spasticity is a frequent complication after severe brain injury, which may impede the rehabilitation process and diminish the patients’ quality of life. Aim: We here investigate the presence of spasticity in a population of non-communicative patients with disorders of consciousness. We also evaluate the correlation between spasticity and potential factors of co-morbidity, frequency of physical therapy, time since insult presence of pain, presence of tendon retraction, etiology and diagnosis. Design: Cross sectional study. Setting: University Hospital of Liège, Belgium. Population: 65 patients with chronic (>3 months post insult) disorders of consciousness were included (22 women; mean age: 44±14y; 40 with traumatic etiology; 40 in a minimally conscious state; time since insult: 39±37months). Methods: Spasticity was measured with the Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) and pain was assessed using the Nociception Coma Scale-Revised (NCS-R). Results: Out of 65 patients, 58 demonstrated signs of spasticity (89%; MAS ≥ 1), including 39 who showed severe spasticity (60%; MAS ≥ 3). Patients with spasticity receiving anti-spastic medication were more spastic than unmedicated patients. A negative correlation was observed between the severity of spasticity and the frequency of physical therapy. MAS scores correlated positively with time since injury and NCS-R scores. We did not observe a difference of spasticity between the diagnostic. Conclusion: A large proportion of patients with disorders of consciousness develop severe spasticity, possibly affecting their functional recovery and their quality of life. The observed correlation between degrees of spasticity and pain scores highlights the importance of pain management in these patients with altered states of consciousness. Finally, the relationship between spasticity and treatment (i.e., pharmacological and physical therapy) should be further investigated in order to improve clinical care. Clinical Rehabilitation Impact: Managing spasticity at first signs could improve rehabilitation of patients with disorders of consciousness and maximize their chances of recovery. In addition, decreasing this trouble could allow a better quality of life for these non-communicative patients. [less ▲]

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See detailStress and singing accuracy: What is the relationship?
Larrouy, Pauline ULg

Conference (2014, October 31)

Singing in public can be stressful and stress affects the control of the fundamental frequency, i.e. a critical element to control in order to sing in tune. It seems thus clear that singing in public will ... [more ▼]

Singing in public can be stressful and stress affects the control of the fundamental frequency, i.e. a critical element to control in order to sing in tune. It seems thus clear that singing in public will have an influence on vocal accuracy. In addition, the quality of a musical performance can be lessened or enhanced if the performer experiences stressful conditions. In order to clarify the effects of stress on singing accuracy and to explore solutions to favor the positive consequences of stress, we ran an experiment in collaboration with the Royal Conservatory of Liège. Thirty-one music students were asked to learn a simple melody. There were then recorded in a stressful condition (i.e., a music examination) and a non-stressful condition. Two groups were defined according to the challenge level of the music examination (first and second music levels). Measurements were made by self-reported state anxiety (CSAI-2R questionnaire) and by observing heart rate activity (electrocardiogram) during each performance. In addition, the vocal accuracy of the sung performances (in terms of respect of melodic contour, precision of intervals and respect of the tonality) was objectively analyzed. As expected, state anxiety and heart rate were significantly higher on the day of the music examination than in the non-stressful condition for all the music students. However, the effect of stress was positive for the first-year students but negative for the second-year students, for whom the music examination was particularly challenging. In addition, highly significant correlations were found between the intensity of cognitive symptoms and the vocal accuracy criteria. This study highlights the contrasting effects of stress on singing voice accuracy. The results encourage searchers to take into account the stress level of the performer when evaluating singing accuracy. In addition, it seems pertinent to work on the perception of somatic and cognitive symptoms in higher music institutions and to try to diminish the stress level of students, in order to favor the positive consequences of stress on the quality of musical performances. Thanks to this method, we are actually focusing on studies designed to better understand the effects of stress on speaking voice. [less ▲]

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See detailPlutella xylostella (L.) infestations at varying temperatures induce the emission of specific volatile blends by Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh
Hien, Truong Thi Dieu ULg; Delory, Benjamin ULg; Brostaux, Yves ULg et al

in Plant Signaling & Behavior (2014)

The effect of combined abiotic and biotic factors on plant volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions is poorly understood. This study evaluated the VOC emissions produced by Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Col ... [more ▼]

The effect of combined abiotic and biotic factors on plant volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions is poorly understood. This study evaluated the VOC emissions produced by Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Col-0 subjected to three temperature regimes (17, 22, and 27 °C) in the presence and absence of Plutella xylostella larvae over two time intervals (0–4 and 4–8 h), in comparison to control plants. The analyses of VOCs emitted by Arabidopsis plants were made by headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). It was found that certain volatile groups (e.g., alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, and terpenes) are induced by both single factors (temperature or larval infestation) and combined factors (temperature and larvae interactions), whereas other volatile groups (e.g., isothiocyanates [ITCs] and nitrile) were specific to the experimental conditions. ITCs (mainly 4-methylpentyl isothiocyanate) were emitted from plants subjected to larval infestation at 17 and 27 °C after the two time intervals. The proportions of sulfides (mainly dimethyl disulfide) and 4-(methylthio) butanenitrile were significantly higher on herbivore-infested plants at 22 °C compared to the other treatments. Overall, our findings indicate that changes in all experimental conditions caused significant changes to the VOC emissions of Arabidopsis plants. Therefore, the interaction between temperature and larval feeding may represent an important factor determining the variability of volatile emissions by plants subjected to multiple simultaneous factors. [less ▲]

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See detailcaractérisation physico-chimique et minéralogique de matériaux calcaro-dolomitiques en vue de la production de liants et produits dérivés
Matamba Jibikila, Raphaël ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Due to their abundance and availability, limestone and dolomitic rocks are among the most valued resources in the world. As natural stones, they have many applications, both in trade and industrial ... [more ▼]

Due to their abundance and availability, limestone and dolomitic rocks are among the most valued resources in the world. As natural stones, they have many applications, both in trade and industrial sectors. Moreover, regardless of the scope of these materials, they must meet specific mineralogical and mechanical or physico-chemical properties, depending on the sector. Environmental requirements and sustainable management of mineral resources, have forced companies to reduce the value of naturally occurring materials, focusing oriented processing of waste materials or alternative approach. Moreover, technological developments have led to new applications requiring maximum purity of the material also led farmers to manage natural resources in a more rational manner. Mbuji-Mayi Region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has huge limestone and dolomitic deposit; located in the " Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup". Nevertheless, the city suffers from a serious lack of sustainable infrastructure to consolidate its development and remains dependent on the supply of construction and building materials from other regions, located sometimes more than 1000 km from the Mbuji-Mayi site. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the potential use of Mbuji-Mayi supergroup materials to produce binder or derivated products in a sustainable management of mineral resources way. Thus, dolomitic samples were taken from Kanshi S13B and S70 Lubi drill cores, while limestone facies are from artisanal quarries in the region. They were then prepared and characterized. Techniques used are: X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis and the differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy combined with chemical microanalysis (SEM / EDX). The results obtained after raw materials characterization showed that the Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup contains pure dolomite (respective mean CaO and MgO contents of 20.5 and 30%), impure dolomites and impure limestones. uniaxial compressive strength test, water absorption coefficient, and porosity were measured. Results were satisfactory in terms of the use of materials such as rubbles or building stones. Thermal and microscopic analyzes of pure dolomite, showed that these materials have high added value in the areas of refractory, glass manufacture or dolomitic lime production. Finally, a binder (CS1c) prepared from impure limestone, posted quite sufficient characteristics for applications with low mechanical stress. Metakaolin prepared from local raw material, was used to improve the characteristics of the binder CS1c. The analysis of the properties of the mixture CS1c-metakaolin, helped us to understand the role of some mineral phases, in contributing to the development of mechanical strength of such binders.   [less ▲]

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See detailEngineering of poly(2-oxazoline)s for a potential use in biomedical applications
Legros, Camille ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

This PhD work is based on the design of poly(2-oxazoline) (POx) hydrogels and nanogels, by chemical or physical cross-linking, aimed to be used for biomedical applications. Nanogels were first prepared in ... [more ▼]

This PhD work is based on the design of poly(2-oxazoline) (POx) hydrogels and nanogels, by chemical or physical cross-linking, aimed to be used for biomedical applications. Nanogels were first prepared in dilute media and in inverse emulsion based on a statistical copolymer made of 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline and ethylene imine units. These stimuli-responsive nanogels were swelling in acidic media and were cleaved in reductive environment. They proved to be non-cytotoxic and act as protein repellent. Second, a reactive platform based on a statistical POx polymer bearing aldehyde functionalities was engineered, enabling the synthesis of graft and cross-linked POx. Last, a block copolymer made of 2-methyl- and 2-isopropyl-2- oxazoline units, proved to self-assemble into micelles when heated above its LCST, for a short period of time (< 1h30). When annealed for a longer time (> 1h30), crystallization-driven self-assembly led to the formation of different morphologies (fiber rods and cross-linked micelles). [less ▲]

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See detailLa représentation commerciale comme objet principal du contrat
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2014), (2014/35),

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See detailInjections de PRP et tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2014, October 30)

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