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See detailDesign and Management of Freight Transport Networks: Intermodal Transport and Externalities
Mostert, Martine ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Transportation of goods contributes to the economic development of societies but it generates negative impacts on its environment called negative externalities. In its White Paper on Transport, the ... [more ▼]

Transportation of goods contributes to the economic development of societies but it generates negative impacts on its environment called negative externalities. In its White Paper on Transport, the European Commission encourages the flow transfer from road to more environmentally friendly modes like rail or inland waterways (IWW). This objective can be reached by the development of intermodal transport. A literature review on transport externalities and their valorization methods highlights the small number of studies related to the general modeling of transport externalities through dedicated mathematical formulas. However, the latter are important for identifying the key parameters that influence transport competitiveness in terms of externalities. This is demonstrated by analyzing two external cost functions for road and rail. The location of intermodal terminals stands out from the environmental perspective as one of the most important competitiveness factors of intermodal transport regarding road. An innovative mathematical model for the location of terminals and allocation of flows between road and intermodal rail and IWW transport is developed. The model is based on a bi-objective formulation which evaluates the trade-offs between transport operational costs and CO2 emissions. Economies of scale of intermodal transport are integrated. The model is applied to the Belgian network. Results indicate that terminal locations are relatively stable, whatever the optimized economic or environmental objective. The type of terminal located changes according to the followed strategy. Minimizing CO2 emissions leads to an increased use of intermodal transport. The impact of transport on air pollution is also evaluated. On the Belgian case, an economic optimization of transport operational costs is compared to an environmental optimization of transport air pollution external costs. The intervention of public authorities through a taxation policy for trucks is also studied. Results show that the introduction of road taxes leads to a more intensive use of intermodal transport than in the absence of taxes. The maximum intermodal market share is observed when air pollution external costs are minimized. Finally, a new model which considers other intermodal chains than the traditional “road-rail/IWW-road” modeling is applied on experimental data at the European level. The model allows to choose between any direct transport by one mode (road, rail or IWW), and any intermodal transport of up to three modes. Results indicate that several connections may benefit from the use of other combinations of modes than the “road-rail/IWW-road” combination. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Living Lab: une méthode parmi tant d'autres?
Elsen, Catherine ULg

Article for general public (2017)

Cette brève s’inscrit dans une série de publications destinées à partager les expériences et réflexions du WeLL. Ce mois-ci, nous nous attelons à repositionner l’approche Living Lab (son caractère centré ... [more ▼]

Cette brève s’inscrit dans une série de publications destinées à partager les expériences et réflexions du WeLL. Ce mois-ci, nous nous attelons à repositionner l’approche Living Lab (son caractère centré utilisateur, ses méthodes) au sein d’un panorama plus large de nouvelles manières de penser la créativité et l’innovation. En particulier, nous nous intéressons à deux approches complémentaires que sont le Design Thinking et le Creative Problem Solving (ou « C.P.S.»). [less ▲]

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See detail"Je suis retraité et heureux : un paradoxe?"
Grotz, Catherine ULg; Schroyen, Sarah ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailPhysiopathologie des tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2017, May 28)

Le tendon, tissu conjonctif fibreux, mécaniquement responsable de la transmission de la force des muscles vers les os, constitue une entitédynamique qui, en fonction des contraintes, se restructure en ... [more ▼]

Le tendon, tissu conjonctif fibreux, mécaniquement responsable de la transmission de la force des muscles vers les os, constitue une entitédynamique qui, en fonction des contraintes, se restructure en permanence et, ce, grâce à diverses modifications métaboliques et mécaniques. Cetterevue décrit l’histologie, la vascularisation et l’innervation du tendon sain. De plus, la biomécanique et les réponses physiologiques tendineuses,ainsi que la physiopathologie de la tendinopathie y sont abordées. [less ▲]

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See detailActualités des traitements conservateurs des tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2017, May 28)

Les connaissances et la prise en charge des tendinopathies ont beaucoup évolué depuis ces dernières années. En effet, se substituant désormais à l’ancienne appellation « tendinite », les tendinopathies ... [more ▼]

Les connaissances et la prise en charge des tendinopathies ont beaucoup évolué depuis ces dernières années. En effet, se substituant désormais à l’ancienne appellation « tendinite », les tendinopathies sont majoritairement décrites selon le modèle de continuum établi par Cook et Purdam. La compréhension de la physiopathologie de ces lésions a permis l’émergence de nombreux traitements dans le but d’obtenir une récupération optimale et une limitation des récidives. L’objectif de cet article est de faire une revue de l’actualité thérapeutique des tendinopathies. [less ▲]

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See detailEsfera pública discursiva, nº2
Becerra Mayor, David ULg

in Esfera pública discursiva (2017), 2

Número 2 de "Esfera pública discursiva", revista de crítica e información literaria realizada por los estudiantes de "Stylistique et critique de l'espagnol moderne" de la Université de Liège

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See detailIs the arbitrary symmetrical?
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Semiotica (2017)

Arbitrariness is commonly seen as a major concept in Saussure’s thought, and it even receives the status of a “principle” in his theory. It is not only the characteristic feature of the relation between ... [more ▼]

Arbitrariness is commonly seen as a major concept in Saussure’s thought, and it even receives the status of a “principle” in his theory. It is not only the characteristic feature of the relation between the signifier and the signified (the semiological relation is arbitrary), but moreover it is constitutive of this very relation (the relation is semiological because it is arbitrary; there is a so-called “semiological relation” established between a signifier and a signified because of the principle of arbitrariness). And when linguists and other Saussurean interpreters comment on the concept of arbitrariness, they usually imply a binary relation: the semiological relation is arbitrary due to the fact that the signifier is arbitrarily chosen vis-à-vis the signified, and vice versa. I will be questioning the latter assertion in this paper. In my opinion, the symmetry of the semiological relation has not been properly demonstrated. The signifier can be seen as arbitrary with regard to the signified, but no reason has been provided to recognize the converse. Instead a number of arguments can be put forth to see arbitrariness as a concept that implies a non-symmetrical relation. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse argumentale : notion d’actant et rôles sémantiques
Winand, Jean ULg

Scientific conference (2017, May 26)

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See detailMorphology of the UV aurorae Jupiter during Juno’s first perijove observations
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Gladstone, G. R.; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2017)

On 27 August 2016, the NASA Juno spacecraft performed its first close-up observations of Jupiter during its perijove. Here we present the UV images and color ratio maps from the Juno-ultraviolet ... [more ▼]

On 27 August 2016, the NASA Juno spacecraft performed its first close-up observations of Jupiter during its perijove. Here we present the UV images and color ratio maps from the Juno-ultraviolet spectrometer UV imaging spectrograph acquired at that time. Data were acquired during four sequences (three in the north, one in the south) from 5:00 UT to 13:00 UT. From these observations, we produced complete maps of the Jovian aurorae, including the nightside. The sequence shows the development of intense outer emission outside the main oval, first in a localized region (255 ∘ –295 ∘ System III longitude) and then all around the pole, followed by a large nightside protrusion of auroral emissions from the main emission into the polar region. Some localized features show signs of differential drift with energy, typical of plasma injections in the middle magnetosphere. Finally, the color-ratio map in the north shows a well-defined area in the polar region possibly linked to the polar cap. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat can agricultural land use planning contribute to food production and food policy
Bousbaine, Antonia ULg

in International Journal of Avian & Wildlife Biology (2017), Vol 2 issue 1

Food Security and Food Sovereignty are two of the most important issues facing Food Policy. Maintaining productive farmland and sustainable farms as well as providing adequate volumes of foodstuffs have ... [more ▼]

Food Security and Food Sovereignty are two of the most important issues facing Food Policy. Maintaining productive farmland and sustainable farms as well as providing adequate volumes of foodstuffs have led to measures to protect farmland and farm activities in many countries. These include land use planning with agricultural zones and in some jurisdictions legislation to ‘protect’ agriculture in agricultural reserves. Are these tools adequate to maintain sustainable agricultures particularly around major urban and metropolitan centers. Agricultural zones and agricultural reserves in many jurisdictions have continued to experience removal of farmland in order to permit different types of urban development (e.g. residential development and industrial parks). An emerging response to this has been the integration of strategic development planning for agriculture in certain jurisdictions (e.g. the province of Quebec (Canada)), because this approach can integrate the necessary parameters to enable the development of sustainable agricultures, including how to respond to opportunities as well as adapting to emerging stressors. This approach also ideally requires the integration of farmers and their families as actors and participants in the strategic development planning process. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat should be forgotten? Time to make sense of Article 17 GDPR from the point of view of data controllers
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

E-print/Working paper (2017)

This blog post highlights a key gap in the interpretation and envisaged application of the EU's right to be forgotten, as introduced in the General Data Protection Regulation.

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See detailWorld Thyroid Day 2017 - Press annoucement
Moreno-Reyes, Rodrigo; Bex, Marie; Corvilain, Bernard et al

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailTransient brightening of Jupiter’s aurora observed by the Hisaki satellite and Hubble Space Telescope during approach phase of the Juno spacecraft
Kimura, Tomoki; Nichols, J.D.; Gray, R.L. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2017), 44

In early 2014, continuous monitoring with the Hisaki satellite discovered transient auroral emission at Jupiter during a period when the solar wind was relatively quiet for a few days. Simultaneous ... [more ▼]

In early 2014, continuous monitoring with the Hisaki satellite discovered transient auroral emission at Jupiter during a period when the solar wind was relatively quiet for a few days. Simultaneous imaging made by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) suggested that the transient aurora is associated with a global magnetospheric disturbance that spans from the inner to outer magnetosphere. However, the temporal and spatial evolutions of the magnetospheric disturbance were not resolved because of the lack of continuous monitoring of the transient aurora simultaneously with the imaging. Here we report the coordinated observation of the aurora and plasma torus made by Hisaki and HST during the approach phase of the Juno spacecraft in mid‐2016. On day 142, Hisaki detected a transient aurora with a maximum total H2 emission power of ~8.5 TW. The simultaneous HST imaging was indicative of a large “dawn storm,” which is associated with tail reconnection, at the onset of the transient aurora. The outer emission, which is associated with hot plasma injection in the inner magnetosphere, followed the dawn storm within less than two Jupiter rotations. The monitoring of the torus with Hisaki indicated that the hot plasma population increased in the torus during the transient aurora. These results imply that the magnetospheric disturbance is initiated via the tail reconnection and rapidly expands toward the inner magnetosphere, followed by the hot plasma injection reaching the plasma torus. This corresponds to the radially inward transport of the plasma and/or energy from the outer to the inner magnetosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailTime, preference and intensity: A contrastive study of rather (than) and eerder (dan)
Ghesquière, Lobke; Brems, Lieselotte ULg

Conference (2017, May 24)

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See detailStreptomyces from Moonmilk, an Untapped Source of New Bioactive Compounds
Martinet, Loïc ULg; Maciejewska, Marta; Adam, Delphine ULg et al

Poster (2017, May 24)

Moonmilk speleothems of limestone caves host a rich microbiome, among which Actinobacteria represent one of the most abundant phyla. Ancient medical texts reported that moonmilk had therapeutical ... [more ▼]

Moonmilk speleothems of limestone caves host a rich microbiome, among which Actinobacteria represent one of the most abundant phyla. Ancient medical texts reported that moonmilk had therapeutical properties, thereby suggesting that its filamentous endemic actinobacterial population might be a source of natural products useful in human treatment. In this work, a screening approach was undertaken in order to isolate cultivable Actinobacteria from moonmilk of the Grotte des Collemboles in Belgium, to evaluate their taxonomic profile, and to assess their potential in biosynthesis of antimicrobials. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that all 78 isolates were exclusively affiliated to the genus Streptomyces and clustered into 31 distinct phylotypes displaying various pigmentation patterns and morphological features. Phylotype representatives were tested for antibacterial and antifungal activities and their genomes were mined for secondary metabolite biosynthetic genes coding for non-ribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs), and polyketide synthases (PKS). The moonmilk Streptomyces collection was found to display strong inhibitory activities against a wide range of reference organisms, as 94, 71, and 94% of the isolates inhibited or impaired the growth of Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria, and fungi, respectively. Interestingly, 90% of the cave strains induced strong growth suppression against the multi-drug resistant Rasamsonia argillacea, a causative agent of invasive mycosis in cystic fibrosis and chronic granulomatous diseases. We are currently identifying molecules responsible for the observed antimicrobial activities which, next to few known bioactive compounds, also reveals many active compounds with molecular masses that do not correspond to known antibiotic deposited in web biomolecules databases such as KNapSAcK, Pubchem, Chemspider. The challenge is to increase the production yields of these unknown compounds, and purify them to further characterize their structure by NMR. Overall, our work supports the common belief that moonmilk might effectively treat various infectious diseases thanks to the presence of a highly diverse population of prolific antimicrobial producing Streptomyces, and thus may indeed constitute a promising reservoir of potentially novel active natural compounds. [less ▲]

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