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See detailMagnetic susceptibility application – a window onto ancient environments and climatic variations: Foreword
Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg; Whalen; Hladil et al

in Special Publication - Geological Society of London (2015), 414

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See detailMagnetic susceptibility application – a window onto ancient environments and climatic variations
Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg; Whalen; Hladil et al

Book published by geological Society of London (2015)

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See detailChemostratigraphy of the late devonian Frasnian-Famennian transition in western Canada and Southern China: implications for carbon and nutrient cycling and mass extinction
Whalen; Sliwinski; Payne et al

in Special Publication - Geological Society of London (2015), 414

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See detailBlood alcohol concentration in drivers of Liege aera (Belgium) : a 5-year analysis
DEVILLE, Marine ULg; Charlier, Corinne ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2015), 00

Objectives: The objective of the present study was to describe the results of the blood alcohol determinations made on drivers from the Liege area between July 2007 and December 2012. Methods: The results ... [more ▼]

Objectives: The objective of the present study was to describe the results of the blood alcohol determinations made on drivers from the Liege area between July 2007 and December 2012. Methods: The results were interpreted according to the sex, to the age, to the circumstances and temporal variation of the blood test. Statistical analysis was performed using R® software. Results: During this 5-years period, 2725 determinations were done, mainly in the context of road crashes. The mean blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 1.69 g/L, and 2132 drivers were above the legal threshold. A large majority of offenders (77%) were men, but the mean BAC did not differ significantly between men (1.69 g/L) and women (1.67 g/L). A statistically significant correlation between age and mean BAC can be observed, if we only consider the positive cases. Concerning the temporal variation of the results, lowest mean BACs are observed during the daytime while highest mean BACs are measured during the night. In both cases, no statistically significant difference can be observed if we compare the week and the weekend. Finally, no statistically significant difference in BAC was observed over years. [less ▲]

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See detailLower Carboniferous ramp sedimentation of the Central Alborz Basin, North Iran: integrated sedimentological and rock–magnetic studies.
Sardar Abadi, Mehrdad ULg; Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg; Mosaddegh, hossein et al

in Special Publication - Geological Society of London (2015), 414

The Lower Carboniferous Mobarak Formation in the Alborz Basin (northern Iran) was deposited along the northeastern margin of Gondwana in a carbonate ramp setting. This paper focuses on the Tournaisian ... [more ▼]

The Lower Carboniferous Mobarak Formation in the Alborz Basin (northern Iran) was deposited along the northeastern margin of Gondwana in a carbonate ramp setting. This paper focuses on the Tournaisian stratigraphic interval of this formation that crops out at the Jaban section in the southwestern Central Alborz Basin. The following facies associations, representing different ramp palaeoenvironments, have been identified: (1) mudstone–wackestone outer-ramp facies; (2) crinoidal to skeletal grainstone–packstone mid-ramp facies; (3) peloidal to crinoidal grainstone–packstone inner-ramp facies; and (4) coastal facies, which include a variety of microbial laminated to oncoidal grainstones and mudstones with evaporitic pseudomorphs. This ramp profile was affected by frequent storms that were responsible for the formation of several skeletal to non-skeletal shoals in the distal mid-ramp to the most proximal inner-ramp areas. The development of the skeletal to non-skeletal shoals along the sea side of the ramp formed a semi-enclosed lagoon sensitive to the influence of both high tides and storm surges.The magnetic susceptibility (xin) of all the samples was measured and compared with that of the facies from which the sample was taken. There is a clear link between xin and the facies; the average xin values were higher for the distal facies than for the proximal facies. The xin profile of this Lower Carboniferous carbonate sequence reflects stratigraphic variations in response to relative changes in sea level and the input of detrital materials. In the context of the sequence stratigraphic framework, the average xin values for lowstand and transgressive systems tract deposits are higher than for the highstand systems tract deposits. The clear link between xin and facies indicates at least a partly preserved primary xin signal related to the detrital inputs. However, to obtain a better understanding of the nature and origin of the minerals carrying the xin, we performed hysteresis measurements on selected samples. It appears that the xin signal is mainly carried by lowcoercivity ferromagnetic minerals such as magnetite, with a mixture of relatively coarse grains (detrital fraction) and ultra-fine grains (probably formed during diagenesis). [less ▲]

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See detailLe couplage « Micro-crédit, Micro-assurance santé et Offre des soins » peut améliorer l’accessibilité aux soins de santé de qualité en milieu urbain africain : Résultats d’une expérience menée dans la zone de santé de Bandalungwa à Kinshasa, Congo.
Manzambi Kuwekita, Joseph ULg; Gosset, Christiane ULg; Guillaume, Michèle ULg et al

in Médecine et Santé Tropicales (2015)

Summary This study, based on a survey carried out in 2008, examines how coupling «microcredit, micro-insurance and health care» can improve access to quality care in the health zone of Bandalungwa, in ... [more ▼]

Summary This study, based on a survey carried out in 2008, examines how coupling «microcredit, micro-insurance and health care» can improve access to quality care in the health zone of Bandalungwa, in Kinshasa. The bivariate analysis shows a significant association between the increase in purchasing power and realization of benefit (p = 0, 001), achievement of benefit and savings (p = 0, 000) savings and insurance health and improved access to health care: according to the main results, 68.8 %t of borrowers reported an increase in their purchasing power which 81.8% making benefit. Those with savings were 24.7 times more likely to contribute to a health insurance scheme than those without; 71.9% of those who have regularly contributed to health insurance have improved their access to care. Coupling microcredit, health microinsurance and health care can improve access to quality health care at lower cost. This suggests the integration of health insurance in the primary health care system. [less ▲]

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See detailDispositifs de visibilité : le Selfie et les indices de son auto-production
Hagelstein, Maud ULg

Conference (2015)

La proposition que je ferai aujourd’hui s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une réflexion plus large sur l’image photographique commune (celle qu’on appelle encore photographie populaire, amateur, familiale, privée ... [more ▼]

La proposition que je ferai aujourd’hui s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une réflexion plus large sur l’image photographique commune (celle qu’on appelle encore photographie populaire, amateur, familiale, privée, vernaculaire ou même domestique – pour reprendre l’appellation de Bourdieu). Je voudrais envisager ici un dispositif visuel spécifique (celui du selfie) dans lequel la construction de l’image (agencement, organisation, esthétique propre) produit des effets narratifs. Pour le dire une première fois : le selfie travaille à la mise en scène d’une action contextualisée et indique l’implication du sujet dans celle-ci (le sujet étant ici à la fois l’opérateur de l’image et une partie de son contenu). La participation du sujet à la scène représentée s’expose généralement sur le mode temporel de la spontanéité – spontanéité de la prise de vue qui renforce l’authenticité de l’image, spontanéité dont on pourra montrer qu’elle est parfois fabriquée. Pourquoi accorder de l’attention à cet objet apparemment anecdotique du point de vue de sa qualité (même si omniprésent), objet qui est aujourd’hui augmenté d’un effet de mode indéniable (sans doute dérangeant), et souvent considéré comme vulgaire (au sens étymologique du latin vulgus, le « bas peuple » - la vulgarité caractérisant les modes d’expression et de comportement des couches populaires aux yeux de ceux qui estiment ne pas en faire partie) ? Précisément, cet objet me permet de continuer à investiguer (modestement) du côté des usages sociaux de l’image photographique commune. Ou pour être plus précise : le problème qui m’intéresse est celui du rapport entre les usages sociologiquement déterminés de l’image (que Bourdieu ou Heinich me permettent de décrire) et les effets d’indétermination provoqués par certains types d’images : ces effets d’indétermination (auxquels le philosophe J. Rancière a pu nous rendre attentifs) sont toujours provisoires (les images ne restent pas neutres et indéterminées) – mais ils permettent que les choses soient déterminées autrement. [less ▲]

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See detailIn-depth phenotyping of a Donnai-Barrow patient helps clarify proximal tubule dysfunction.
Dachy, Angelique; Paquot, Francois; Debray, Guillaume et al

in Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany) (2015), 30(6), 1027-31

BACKGROUND: The megalin/cubilin/amnionless complex is essential for albumin and low molecular weight (LMW) protein reabsorption by renal proximal tubules (PT). Mutations of the LRP2 gene encoding megalin ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The megalin/cubilin/amnionless complex is essential for albumin and low molecular weight (LMW) protein reabsorption by renal proximal tubules (PT). Mutations of the LRP2 gene encoding megalin cause autosomal recessive Donnai-Barrow/facio-oculo-acoustico-renal syndrome (DB/FOAR), which is characterized by LMW proteinuria. The pathophysiology of DB/FOAR-associated PT dysfunction remains unclear. CLINICAL CASE: A 3-year-old girl presented with growth retardation and proteinuria. Clinical examination was unremarkable, except for a still-opened anterior fontanel and myopia. Psychomotor development was delayed. At 6, she developed sensorineural hearing loss. Hypertelorism was noted when she turned 12. Blood analyses, including renal function parameters, were normal. Urine sediment was bland. Proteinuria was significant and included albumin and LMW proteins. Immunoblotting analyses detected cubilin and type 3 carbonic anhydrase (CA3) in the urine. Renal ultrasound was unremarkable. Optical examination of a renal biopsy did not disclose any tubular or glomerular abnormality. Electron microscopy revealed that PT apical endocytic apparatus was significantly less developed. Immunostaining for megalin showed a faint signal in PT cytosol contrasting with the distribution of cubilin at the apical membrane. The diagnostic procedure led to identifying two mutations of the LRP2 gene. CONCLUSIONS: The functional loss of megalin in DB/FOAR causes PT dysfunction characterized by increased urinary shedding of CA3 and cubilin. [less ▲]

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See detailToward and old-growth concept for grasslands, savannas, and woodlands
Veldman, Joseph W; Buisson, Elise; Durigan, Giselda et al

in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (2015), 13(3), 154162

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See detailGenetically modified crops : towards agricultural growth, agricultural development or agricultural sustainability ?
Azadi, Hossein ULg; Ghanian, Mansour; Ghoochani, Omid M. et al

in Food Reviews International (2015)

This paper presents the main potentials and challenges of the GM crops in approaching agricultural growth, development, and sustainability. Accordingly, the paper will first discuss briefly the ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the main potentials and challenges of the GM crops in approaching agricultural growth, development, and sustainability. Accordingly, the paper will first discuss briefly the differences between agricultural growth, development, and sustainability. Then, the main potentials and challenges of these crops in approaching agricultural growth, development, and sustainability will be discussed. Finally, a conclusion will be drawn to let policy makers understand, based on which circumstances, GM crops may lead to sustainable agriculture. [less ▲]

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See detailNational Report: Belgium
Jousten, Alain ULg; Salanauskaite, Lina

Report (2015)

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See detailEvaluation and Comparison of Anatomical Landmark Detection Methods for Cephalometric X-Ray Images: A Grand Challenge
Ching Wei, Wang; Cheng-Ta, Huang; Meng-Che, Hsieh et al

in IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging (2015)

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See detailNational Report: Belgium
Jousten, Alain ULg; Salanauskaite, Lina

in Hasselhorn, Hans-Martin; Apt, Wenke (Eds.) Understanding employment participation of older workers: Creating a knowledge base for future labour market challenges (2015)

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See detailThree-node zero-thickness hydro-mechanical interface finite element for geotechnical applications
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Proceedings of coupled 2015 (2015)

The paper briefly presents the main features of a hydro-mechanical coupled finite element of interface. The mechanical problems takes into account the the detection of contact, the development of a ... [more ▼]

The paper briefly presents the main features of a hydro-mechanical coupled finite element of interface. The mechanical problems takes into account the the detection of contact, the development of a contact pressure, the shearing and the relative sliding between two solids. A three-node discretisation of hydraulic problem allows the representation of fluid flows across and in the plane of the interface. The method involves a drop of pressure between each side of the interface and the inner medium. The hydro-mechanical couplings come from 1) the definition of the total pressure acting on each side of the interface according to the Terzaghi’s principle; 2) the dependence of the permeability on the gap variation; 3) the variation of the fluid mass stored within the gap. [less ▲]

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See detail3D zero-thickness coupled interface finite element: Formulation and application
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Computers and Geotechnics (2015)

In many fields of geotechnical engineering, the modelling of interfaces requires special numerical tools. This paper presents the formulation of a 3D fully coupled hydro-mechanical finite element of ... [more ▼]

In many fields of geotechnical engineering, the modelling of interfaces requires special numerical tools. This paper presents the formulation of a 3D fully coupled hydro-mechanical finite element of interface. The element belongs to the zero-thickness family and the contact constraint is enforced by the penalty method. Fluid flow is discretised through a three-node scheme, discretising the inner flow by additional nodes. The element is able to reproduce the contact/loss of contact between two solids as well as shearing/sliding of the interface. Fluid flow through and across the interface can be modelled. Opening of a gap within the interface influences the longitudinal transmissivity as well as the storage of water inside the interface. Moreover the computation of an effective pressure within the interface, according to the Terzaghi’s principle creates an additional hydro-mechanical coupling. The uplifting simulation of a suction caisson embedded in a soil layer illustrates the main features of the element. Friction is progressively mobilised along the shaft of the caisson and sliding finally takes place. A gap is created below the top of the caisson and filled with water. It illustrates the storage capacity within the interface and the transversal flow. Longitudinal fluid flow is highlighted between the shaft of the caisson and the soil. The fluid flow depends on the opening of the gap and is related to the cubic law. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of metal ions and metal nanoparticles encapsulated in porous silica on biphenyl biodegradation by Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1
Wannoussa, Wissal; Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (2015)

Biodegradation of biphenyl was carried out by Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 in presence ofnanometer-sized metallic (Co, Pd, Ag and Cu) nanoparticles (NPS) synthesized by the sol-gel process. In order to ... [more ▼]

Biodegradation of biphenyl was carried out by Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 in presence ofnanometer-sized metallic (Co, Pd, Ag and Cu) nanoparticles (NPS) synthesized by the sol-gel process. In order to prevent their agglomeration, the metallic NPs (1-2 nm diameter) were anchored inside microporous silica crystallites and named Co/SiO2, Pd/SiO2, Ag/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 samples respectively. They were added at low concentrations of 10-6 M, 10-5 M and 10-4 M of metal in the culture medium and their impact was compared with that of the simple metal ions added as cobalt, palladium, silver or copper salts. The cultures containing Pd/SiO2 or Co/SiO2 samples at 10-4 M of metal achieved a 50% higher biphenyl degradation yield after 18 days of incubation and improved Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 growth compared with those without (positive control) or with silica particles only. The highest biodegradation performance, i.e. 107 ±3 ppm/day, which was about 85% higher than in control conditions without NPs, was recorded in 250 ml baffled flasks stirred at 150 rpm with Co/SiO2 sample at 10-4 M Co. Furthermore, the stimulating effect of NPs on biphenyl biodegradation seems to also depend on the thermal treatment conditions applied to NPs since the experimental results indicated that, after calcination, the cobalt oxide NPs at a concentration of 10-4 M were more effective than the reduced cobalt NPs with a degradation yield of 81 ±1% and 77 ±2% respectively after 18 days. On the other hand, the results showed that the addition of 10-4 M of Cu2+ or Ag+ ions or the addition of Cu/SiO2 or Ag/SiO2 samples at 10-4 M of metal have an inhibitory effect on biphenyl biodegradation. However, Cu2+ and Ag+ ions were more toxic to the Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 bacteria than the respective Cu or Ag NPS anchored inside silica particles. Moreover, this work showed that in these conditions, the activity of catechol 1, 2-dioxygenase (a critical enzyme in aromatic biodegradation pathway) was severely inhibited, whereas the presence of 10-4 M of Co2+ ions or Co/SiO2 sample stimulated the enzyme activity compared to the conditions without NPs. [less ▲]

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