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See detailInitiatives populaires de solidarité internationale, des « bonnes intentions » au « professionnalisme » ? Sociologie d’un groupe professionnel à l’aune du sentiment de légitimité, dans une perspective comparative Belgique / France
Godin, Julie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Alongside established, high-profile non-governmental organisations (NGOs), many individuals decide that they need to “do something” to improve the lives of the people they have met (while travelling ... [more ▼]

Alongside established, high-profile non-governmental organisations (NGOs), many individuals decide that they need to “do something” to improve the lives of the people they have met (while travelling, living in another country or adopting a child, etc.). These people join forces with a small group of friends to set up their own development organisations (referred to hereafter as “popular development initiatives”, or PDIs). At present, one of the major concerns in international development cooperation is to make development workers more professional in the interest of better aid effectiveness. This thesis therefore looks at the discourses and practices of these “ordinary” citizens, in order to highlight their role and to identify key issues for this sector. More specifically, we study the dialectic process by which NGO staff and PDI volunteers build and define their professional and amateur legitimacy as development actors, through the prism of the interactionist perspective of the sociology of professional groups. We also draw on the sociology of public action to consider how public authorities, through their policy tools, influence the responsibility and legitimacy of these actors, the interactions between them, and their mutual recognition. The need for professionalism also stems from demands by local partners in the developing world, so we have taken an interest in their perceptions in the case of Senegal. [less ▲]

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See detailTraduire August Wilson: voix africaines américaines en français
Bada, Valérie ULg; Pagnoulle, Christine ULg

Scientific conference (2016, December 09)

Les rythmes syntaxiques and intonatifs ainsi que la langue allitérative et anaphorique propres à la poétique wilsonienne sont autant de complexités de traduction. Le présent article décrit les difficultés ... [more ▼]

Les rythmes syntaxiques and intonatifs ainsi que la langue allitérative et anaphorique propres à la poétique wilsonienne sont autant de complexités de traduction. Le présent article décrit les difficultés des traductrices à créer une langue en français qui respecte le rythme ainsi que la référentialité multiple du texte. [less ▲]

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See detailMineralogy and crystal chemistry of natural and synthetic uranyl oxysalts
Dal Bo, Fabrice ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Since 1960, the number of described uranyl mineral species has been multiplied by three. To date more than 200 mineral species containing uranium as a main structural element are reported in Nature, and ... [more ▼]

Since 1960, the number of described uranyl mineral species has been multiplied by three. To date more than 200 mineral species containing uranium as a main structural element are reported in Nature, and the crystal structures have been determined and refined for only one third of them. Furthermore, many new uranyl minerals are still reported to data, showing sometimes novel chemical compositions and structural arrangements. The uranium mineralogy is a fascinating subject, and an essential field of research as it contributes to the improvement of the management techniques of nuclear waste. The first part of this work was dedicated to the mineralogical characterisation of uranyl minerals, and especially of the autunite-type minerals, occurring in the Rabejac deposit. Indeed, the identification analyses have shown that many samples contain uranyl arsenates of the autunite and meta-autunite groups. Electron-microprobe chemical analyses performed on these minerals species indicate that the P content in (meta-)zeunerite and (meta-)uranospinite is significant in several samples, confirming the solid-solution series between uranyl arsenates and phosphates. Also, cationic substitutions occurring on the A site were observed, especially in uranospinite samples, in which significant amount of Ca is substituted for Mg. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments have been performed on many members of the (meta-)zeunerite-(meta-)torbernite series, and the crystallographic parameters were put into correlation with the variation of the chemical composition. The crystal structure of arsenuranospathite, the Asanalogue of the Al-bearing uranyl phosphate uranospathite, was solved for the first time, indicating that these two minerals are isostructural (Dal Bo et al., 2015). Also, a structure model is proposed for metauranocircite-I, one of the Ba-bearing uranyl phosphate of the meta-autunite group. Investigations of uranyl mineral samples from other localities have allowed to discover single-crystals of bassetite, one of the Fe end-members of the autunite group. The crystal structure of bassetite was also solved for the first time, and these new structural data were presented in parallel to those obtained on saléeite, the Mg-analogue of bassetite (Dal Bo et al., 2016). Thanks to these new data, a discussion about the mineral hierarchy of the (meta-)autunite group is proposed. In addition, the crystal structure of the rare Al-bearing uranyl phosphate furongite from the Kobokobo pegmatite was determined, showing that this mineral species has unique and novel structural features. This specific study, as well as the redefinition of the structural formula of phuralumite, was the occasion to provide a review about the formation of Al polyhedra clusters in uranyl minerals, and to try to elucidate their physicochemical conditions of crystallisation. Many new crystallographic data were also collected on uranyl minerals for which the crystal structure was already reported in the literature. Therefore, it was possible to confirm the previous studies, or to highlight important discrepancies, especially in the case of the Al-bearing uranyl phosphate phuralumite. The H-bonds networks, which are essential for the stability of the structure, have been established in the structure of the uranyl carbonate liebigite, and in the structure of the uranyl silicates cuprosklodowskite, kasolite and soddyite. The second part of this work was devoted to the hydrothermal synthesis of uranyl oxysalts. The experimental conditions, as well as the chemical systems, were chosen in agreement with the conditions occurring in natural uranium deposits, or in geological repositories. A new compound, Be[(UO2)(PO4)]2(H2O)2.5, has been synthesized at low temperature. This is the third Be-bearing uranyl phosphate reported to date, and its crystal structure is based upon sheets showing the uranophane anion topology, typical of uranyl silicates occurring in the oxidation zone of the uranium deposits. The well-known Ba[(UO2)3(MoO4)4(H2O)](H2O)3 and (NH4)2[(UO2)(MoO4)2](H2O) compounds have been synthesized, and new crystallographic data were collected on them. In addition, it was possible to determine the hydrogen-bonds networks for the first compound, and to redefine the Mo6+ coordination polyhedra in the second one. [less ▲]

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See detailDARIAH-BE: Towards an ecosystem of Digital Humanities Research Centres in Belgium
Chambers, Sally; Deroo, Katrien; Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg et al

Conference (2016, December 08)

Digital Humanities is flourishing in Belgium. There are Virtual Research Environments (VRE) for studying transnational intellectual collaborations in the area of social reform and the political and social ... [more ▼]

Digital Humanities is flourishing in Belgium. There are Virtual Research Environments (VRE) for studying transnational intellectual collaborations in the area of social reform and the political and social history of the Belgian justice system. Tools being developed to digitally uncover the genetics of manuscripts or create a linked data structure to map networks across the ancient world. Furthermore, Electronic Literature across Europe is being mapped and video games are being studied using humanities research methods. The digitisation of artistic, historic and scientific collections is also a key priority in Belgium. With the Belgian Art Links and Tools platform, BALaT, the development of a Data Hub for Museums and Belgium’s digitised newspapers in Belgica Press being flagship examples. Alongside this rich tapestry of activities, Belgium is a Founding Member of DARIAH-EU, the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. The aim of DARIAH in Belgium is to develop and offer a sustainable portfolio of services enabling digital scholarship in the arts and humanities in Belgium and beyond. To realise this, partner institutions within Belgium are in the process of establishing Digital Humanities Research Centres which together will form a humanities-specific digital ecosystem, offering services both within their own institutions and to other institutions in Belgium. Additionally, selected services will be scaled-up for use within the European DARIAH community, and offered as in-kind contributions to DARIAH-EU. In this paper we will explore both the intra- and inter-institutional context of digital humanities centres in Belgium. Starting at the intra-institutional level, we will introduce two existing digital humanities research centres: the Centre Informatique de Philosophie et Lettres (CIPL, Université de Liège) in the French-speaking part of Belgium and the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH, Ghent University) in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. We will examine both the organisational goals of these centres and how they support digital humanities research within the university, with a particular focus on the collaborations they set up on an institutional level (for example with IT services and the library as well as between research groups). Furthermore, we compare these existing centres, with the newest digital humanities centre in Belgium, the Leuven Centre for Digital Humanities (LCDH) which is currently in the process of being established in the Dutch-speaking university and DARIAH partner institution, KU Leuven. Finally, we will analyse the opportunities and challenges in the inter-institutional context. While challenges such as the complex funding landscape and multilingual research environment should not be underestimated, there are many opportunities that can be celebrated. For example, collaborative training initiatives, such as Research Community Digital Humanities Flanders, which is open to members beyond Flanders, the annual DH Benelux conference which offers a platform for collaboration between digital humanities projects in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg and joint-funding opportunities such as the Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks (BRAIN) programme. Additionally, activities for participation in DARIAH-EU, including preparing Belgian in-kind contributions and establishing DARIAH Working Groups not only addresses these challenges, but contributes to ensuring that digital humanities activities in Belgium thrive. [less ▲]

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See detailL'échec de Weimar et l'avènement du régime national-socialiste
Brüll, Christoph ULg

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See detailL'Afrique centrale: entre traditions et transitions. La mutation des socio-écosystèmes en Afrique centrale
Gillet, Pauline ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

The forests of the Congo Basin are among the best preserved areas on Earth. Nevertheless, the factors causing deforestation around the world are also present in this subregion. The forest transition ... [more ▼]

The forests of the Congo Basin are among the best preserved areas on Earth. Nevertheless, the factors causing deforestation around the world are also present in this subregion. The forest transition theory describes how the trend of forest areas decline at national level may precede an increase in these areas. If the effects of the forest transition are well known in terms of forest cover degradation, little is known about the effects of forest transition on socio-ecosystems (SES) (understood as a group of actors with impacts on a group of resources and subject to specific institutions). The general objective of this thesis is to characterize the mutation of socio-ecosystems in the Congo Basin in order to identify dynamic of change of Congo Basin forested SES and their possible futures. The collection of socioeconomic data, focusing on the description of the population, the description of the different activities and incomes, the description of food intake and the access to land and resources, were conducted in three SES with a forest cover gradient, located in Cameroon and Gabon. The results show that the cost price of meals is globally increasing with the loss of forest cover. The share of food intake related to the exploitation of natural resources such as hunting, fishing and gathering decreases in favor of proteins from livestock and agricultural products. This leads to the translocation of demand but also to pressures on other anthropogenic ecosystems. The effects of deforestation are then visible at the local level but also on neighboring areas. The diversity of the game and prey decreases moving towards smaller species with the progression of the forest transition. Consequently, there is a reduction in the proportion of these products in both the food intake and household incomes. This analysis shows a decline in the importance of NTFPs in the production and villagers livelihoods. Slash and burn agriculture is practiced in three SES. If the ratio between fallow period and cultivation period decreases with the forest transition, there is an increase in crop diversification leading to a diversification of the diet. Access to forest resources, agricultural land, markets and an external source of employment condition the village activities. The land potential is made to report levels of ownership and co-management of customary space (Le Roy et al., 1996). During the progression of the forest transition curve, the land potential evolves from relatively loose to privatization and the ability to alienate resources. These important modifications of traditional control systems of the relations between man and resources lead to a more adequate management of some commercial resources value (such as agricultural products or mining resources). But, this process is incompatible with the maintenance of certain ecosystem services like large populations of wildlife preservation. If these results fit rather well with the forest transition curve, this is not the case of all SES in Central Africa. Therefore, we propose to combine some results to reflect significant changes of the qualities of a socio-ecosystem, regardless of forest cover rate. The priority would be to establish a standardized data collection protocol to test sites with different forest cover and located on different trajectories. The use of a socio-economic index would make it possible to predict the evolution of SES under different scenarios, whether linked to global or regional pressures (such as the emergence plans enacted by the Central African States) or in contexts of economic crisis or the introduction of new legislation. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation des impacts des projets de développement sur les exploitations agricoles familiales et les ménages de l’ATACORA (Nord-Ouest du Benin)
Tohinlo, Yecy ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

This doctoral research aims to contribute to a better understanding of the effects of development projects on the improvement of living conditions and livelihoods of rural households in Benin. It begins ... [more ▼]

This doctoral research aims to contribute to a better understanding of the effects of development projects on the improvement of living conditions and livelihoods of rural households in Benin. It begins with the analysis of development trends in Atacora known about the last three decades. It is focused on matching between the dynamics promoted by intervention devices and those endogenous or emerging to lead a part in the consideration of the productive trajectories and performance of family farms and also in the analysis of effects of development projects on food security, living standards and poverty of rural households. The post-development theories and the various conceptions of poverty have served as a guideline for research work. The intervention mechanisms conducted in Atacora (north-western Benin) by the various cooperations (bilateral and multilateral) between 1990 and 2010 constituted the research object of this thesis. The empirical phase took place in the communes of Cobly (West) and Péhunco (East). These communes were selected from their contrasting agro-ecological and socio-economic situations and socio-economic indicators on the one hand and on the other on a typology of the concentration of development projects and the perception of their effects by local people. A stratified sample of 344 households (respectively 214 in Cobly and 130 in Péunco) was formed for the characterization survey. Later, a thorough investigation on living conditions and livelihood of households followed and involved 208 households (129 Cobly; 79 Péhunco). Finally 16 case studies (8 per commune) were conducted on the trajectories of evolution and accumulation of property and wealth of households and farms. Due to the empirical research, special attention was given to primary data collection which lasted more than three (3) years. Qualitative and quantitative tools (including PSM) were combined for the analysis of collected data through individual and group interviews. Results show that the development interventions do not always promote the endogenous dynamics but they generate and maintain, in rural areas, pathways that allow the integration and participation of producers in the world market for agricultural products. And to benefit from various promotional activities, producers adopt supported crops, this have some positive and negative consequences. The integration and participation of rural producers of Atacora to international trade, promote the increase of production and crop yields while further increasing their dependence on the world prices of agricultural products. So while the income of producers is increasing their vulnerability to food insecurity is also increasing because many of the food crops, already insufficient (because of the share of the cotton planted and the cotton production quotas established by the government) to cover food needs, are substracted from consumption to be sold on the market to meet urgent liquidity needs. Thereby, Atacora's rural households, despite the increase of their food production, suffered a rupture of food stocks resulting to annual food crises of at least 4 months (16 weeks) which strikes indiscriminately both recipient households than non-project beneficiaries. However with the increase of sources and income level of recipient households (36% of households of the study sites), those beneficiaries improve their homes and food consumption and invest more in the education of their children. This marks a significant difference between beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of development projects. Indeed, installed with the same resources, we counted, in 2014, twice more prosperous households and fewer poor among beneficiaries than non-beneficiaries. Furthermore farms and households beneficiaries of assistance have accumulated and hold more productive assets (land, farm equipment, livestock rearing), economic assets and holdines (transportation measures, housing, plots and houses to rent, etc.) than non-beneficiaries with a highly significant difference at 1%. However the level of improvements and living conditions induced by development interventions are still inadequate and insecure, as reduced to the equivalent adult,income as well as capital show no significant difference between beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries. Thus, households (even beneficiaries) remain vulnerable to crises so that any natural disaster (flood, drought, pest invasion, etc.), illness, injury and death of a member of the household, provokes the rapid degradation of living standards and the fall into poverty. This is compounded by the fact that farms owners’ don’t invest really in the restoration and enhancement of the capital '' land fertility ''; mainly in Cobly where the soil fertility level experienced a drastic decline with a consequent increasing use of chemical fertilizers that degrade the soil structure furthermore. It follows that any action aimed at poverty reduction should allow a sustainable improvement in conditions and livelihoods of rural producers by the preservation and restoration of soil fertility on the one hand and the increased resilience to crises on the other hand. Actions to identify specific needs with measures and solutions adapted to each category of producers and households with mainly particular mechanisms of management and restoration of the fertility of agricultural land shall be considered and implemented. [less ▲]

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See detailPossible worlds: verbo-nominal patterns with chance
Van linden, An ULg; Brems, Lieselotte ULg

Conference (2016, December 02)

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See detailDésir, mal d'enfant, stérilité
Naziri, Despina ULg

Conference (2016, December 02)

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See detailQuelques réflexions autour d'un texte de Théodore Scaltsas
Dawans, Stéphane ULg; Houbart, Claudine ULg

Conference (2016, December 02)

Face à l’extension du champ de l’intervention sur l’existant et au brouillage des limites entre rénovation et restauration d’édifices et d’ensembles allant du monument historique au bâti générique, ancien ... [more ▼]

Face à l’extension du champ de l’intervention sur l’existant et au brouillage des limites entre rénovation et restauration d’édifices et d’ensembles allant du monument historique au bâti générique, ancien ou récent, il semble plus que jamais utile d’accepter la notion de bricolage conceptuel et de réfléchir à une « boîtes à outils » permettant aux futurs architectes de faire face à la complexité des enjeux de la réhabilitation. En effet, face à ceux-ci, les théories de la restauration monumentale qui sont enseignées dans les instituts et facultés d’architecture atteignent parfois leurs limites et nous semblent devoir être complétées par/confrontées à de nouveaux concepts ou théories susceptibles d’élargir et même de renouveler notre vision des choses. C’est ainsi que depuis plusieurs années, nous avons choisi de faire un pas de côté et d’interroger des champs aussi éloignés que la logique formelle, l’ontologie de l’art et les théories littéraires et travaillons actuellement à une anthologie critique de textes variés mais tous susceptibles d’intéresser les conservateurs (du patrimoine mobilier et immobilier) et donc aussi, les architectes intervenant sur l’existant. Parmi ces textes, oeuvres d’auteurs en grande partie méconnus dans le champ du patrimoine, « Identity, Origin and spatio-temporal continuity », du philosophe Théodore Scaltsas, professeur à l’université d’Edimbourg, et extrait d’une revue en grande partie écrite en langage mathématique, nous parait particulièrement intéressant à analyser lors du séminaire. En utilisant des exemples aisément transposables au milieu de l’architecture, il aborde notamment la question de l’intention d’une reconstruction de manière originale et interpellante, qui n’autorise plus les fréquents amalgames justifiant tout et n’importe quoi et émanant non seulement du monde économique mais aussi des milieux du patrimoine dits autorisés. Par ailleurs, il enrichit le débat sur l’authenticité d’une dimension peu prise en compte à ce jour et particulièrement éclairante dans le cas des productions modernes et contemporaines, qui constituent l’un des enjeux les plus actuels de la réhabilitation. [less ▲]

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See detailSchizophrénie et hyperconscience : Une étude en première personne
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Valentiny, Caroline

Conference (2016, December 02)

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See detailLa nostra «avvelenata» (Guccini non ne ha colpa)
Curreri, Luciano ULg; Belletti, Gabriele

Article for general public (2016)

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See detailOviposition deterring effect of Ocimum basilicum L. (Lamiaceae) on Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)
Yarou, Boni Barthélémy ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg; Boullis, Antoine ULg et al

Poster (2016, December 02)

Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is one of the most important pests of tomato, reducing crop yield in greenhouses and fields, in several countries around the world. Because synthetic ... [more ▼]

Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is one of the most important pests of tomato, reducing crop yield in greenhouses and fields, in several countries around the world. Because synthetic insecticides lead to resistance and have adverse effects on natural enemies and producers’ health, there is a need for alternatives. In this study, we assess the oviposition deterring effect of O. basilicum using dual-choice behavioral assays performed in flight tunnels. Two modalities were tested, i.e. (1) a tomato plant associated either with an O. basilicum plant versus a tomato plant associated with a plastic pot only filled with potting soil, and (2) a tomato plant with basil essential oil (EO) formulated in paraffin oil (PO) versus a tomato plant with PO only. A 1 ml cylindrical polyethylene plug loaded with 100 µl of solution (formulated EO or PO) was placed on each plant as a diffuser. Forty-eight hours after the release of unsexed adult individuals randomly sampled from the rearing in the central area of the tunnel, we found that plants and EOs reduced T. absoluta oviposition behavior on a nearby located tomato plant. GC-MS analyses showed that the major constituents include estragol (73.8%), linalool (8.6%), β-elemene (2.9%) in O. basilicum essential oils and E-α-bergamotene (38.9%), methyl eugenol (26.1 %), E-β-ocimene (17.7 % ) in O. basilicum VOCs collected with solid-phase micro-extraction method. These results suggest a valuable potential of O. basilicum and associated essential oils as component of an integrated management strategy against the tomato leafminer. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge neighborhood search for multi-trip vehicle routing
François, Véronique ULg; Arda, Yasemin ULg; Crama, Yves ULg et al

in European Journal of Operational Research (2016), 255(2), 422-441

We consider the multi-trip vehicle routing problem, in which each vehicle can perform several routes during the same working shift to serve a set of customers. The problem arises when customers are close ... [more ▼]

We consider the multi-trip vehicle routing problem, in which each vehicle can perform several routes during the same working shift to serve a set of customers. The problem arises when customers are close to each other or when their demands are large. A common approach consists of solving this problem by combining vehicle routing heuristics with bin packing routines in order to assign routes to vehicles. We compare this approach with a heuristic that makes use of specific operators designed to tackle the routing and the assignment aspects of the problem simultaneously. Two large neighborhood search heuristics are proposed to perform the comparison. We provide insights into the configuration of the proposed algorithms by analyzing the behavior of several of their components. In particular, we question the impact of the roulette wheel mechanism. We also observe that guiding the search with an objective function designed for the multi-trip case is crucial even when exploring the solution space of the vehicle routing problem. We provide several best known solutions for benchmark instances. [less ▲]

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See detailL'art de gouverner les déchets hautement radioactifs. Analyse comparée de la Belgique, la France et le Canada
Parotte, Céline ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Comment l'art de gouverner les déchets hautement radioactifs, tel qu'il a évolué au cours des deux dernières décennies, a-t-il redéfini les enjeux sociotechniques du programme de gestion des déchets ... [more ▼]

Comment l'art de gouverner les déchets hautement radioactifs, tel qu'il a évolué au cours des deux dernières décennies, a-t-il redéfini les enjeux sociotechniques du programme de gestion des déchets hautement radioactifs et réciproquement? Telle est la question qui traverse cette thèse. Combinant l'analytique de gouvernement (Dean 2010) à une approche co-productionniste forte (Joly 2015), trois régimes de pratiques de gouvernement, en France, en Belgique et au Canada sont scrutés et comparés. Cet écrit propose de suivre l'objet, en cinq chapitres, depuis sa définition (au travers des systèmes de classification), en passant par l’élaboration, la mise en oeuvre territoriale et l'évaluation régulière de son programme de gestion. Chemin faisant, nous cherchons à comprendre comment le dépôt géologique est resté l’option de référence clef pour la catégorie "déchet hautement radioactif". Différentes co-productions seront mises à jour révélant l'asymétrie de pouvoir entre les acteurs, la trajectoire (dis)continue du programme et le caractère expérimental de l’art de gouverner les déchets hautement radioactifs. Un art expérimental, dont nous soutenons que les formes peuvent varier, entre autres, selon l'attitude des expérimentateurs. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects du bilinguisme à Rome
Rochette, Bruno ULg

Conference (2016, December 01)

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See detailGeneralized Pascal triangles and binomial coefficients of words
Stipulanti, Manon ULg

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We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on binomial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a word appears as a subsequence of another finite word ... [more ▼]

We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on binomial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a word appears as a subsequence of another finite word. Similarly to the Sierpinski gasket that can be built as the limit set, for the Hausdorff distance, of a convergent sequence of normalized compact blocks extracted from Pascal triangle modulo 2, we describe and study the first properties of the subset of [0, 1] × [0, 1] associated with this extended Pascal triangle modulo a prime p. From the extended Pascal triangle obtained when p is equal to 2, we derive a sequence of which we study the regularity and the asymptotic behavior of the summatory function. Inspired from this regularity, we extend our results to another famous numeration systems, namely the Zeckendorff numeration system. [less ▲]

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See detailHistoire politique de la construction européenne
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

Learning material (2016)

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See detailNutritional Composition and Rearing Potential of the Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus Zetterstedt)
Paul, Aman ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg et al

in Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology (2016), 19(4), 1111-1116

Insects, particularly those belonging to the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), are commonly consumed as human food in many parts of the world. Grasshoppers of the species Chorthippus parallelus are ... [more ▼]

Insects, particularly those belonging to the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), are commonly consumed as human food in many parts of the world. Grasshoppers of the species Chorthippus parallelus are abundantly found throughout Europe. However, these insects were not consumed by Europeans till now, but could possibly be used as human food, which is why we investigated their chemical composition. We found that they contain high level of proteins (69%), with an excellent amino acid profile and protein digestibility (97%). Furthermore, specimens of C. parallelus have an interesting fatty acids profile and minerals composition. Preliminary toxicity assessment indicates that these insects do not exhibit toxicity towards neutrophil cells (white blood cells). These data suggest that C. parallelus could be considered for human consumption. Rearing trials done during the study show that commercial rearing could be developed to produce sufficient biomass for sustaining human consumption. [less ▲]

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