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See detailDescribing the ‘elusive’ : Availability, Preparation and Use of Anthocyanin Colourants in Mediaeval European Illuminators’ Workshops
Neven, Sylvie ULg; Sanyova, Jana

in Dubois, Hélène; Eyb-Green, Sigrid; Kroustallis, Stephanos (Eds.) et al Making and transforming art : changes in artists’ materials and practice (in press)

Anthocyanins are colorants which provide most of the blue, red and violet colours in numerous plants and fruits. Because of their great sensitivity to the slightest changes in pH and their instability in ... [more ▼]

Anthocyanins are colorants which provide most of the blue, red and violet colours in numerous plants and fruits. Because of their great sensitivity to the slightest changes in pH and their instability in ordinary daylight, it is generally thought that these colorants were used only to dye everyday clothes in a domestic context. However, medieval artists’ recipe books not only describe these elusive substances, but also indicate their use in illumination. This is notably the case for the texts of the so-called ‘Strasbourg Tradition’, written in the south of Germany and the north of France between 1400 and 1560, and partly composed from an older Alsatian treatise on illumination. Departing from these sources, this paper details the methods employed to prepare these colorants and (re)evaluates their diverse uses in painting and illuminating techniques. This technical data subsequently served as a basis upon which to make reconstructions. Finally, an attempt to correlate the information provided by these recipe books with specific artistic practices was carried out by collating the descriptions with the results of analyses from contemporary illuminations by an Alsatian workshop active in the same geographical area. [less ▲]

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See detailThe “Tuchlein” Colours in the Strasbourg Family Text: Recipes for Anthocyanin Pigments
Neven, Sylvie ULg; Sanyova, Jana

in Dyes in History and Archaeology (in press)

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See detail"Colour ConText". A Database on Colour Practice and Colour Knowledge in Pre-Modern Europe
Neven, Sylvie ULg; Clarke, Mark; Leonhard, Karin et al

in Dubois, Hélène; Eyb-Green, Sigrid; Kroustallis, Stephanos (Eds.) et al Making and transforming art : changes in artists’ materials and practice (in press)

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See detailFondements de Science politique
Baudewyns, Pierre; Braspenning, Thierry; Legrand, Vincent et al

Book published by De Boeck (in press)

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See detailDieux des Grecs - Dieux des Romains. Panthéons en dialogue à travers l'histoire et l'historiographie
Bonnet, Corinne; Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg; Pironti, Gabriella

Book published by Institut historique belge de Rome (in press)

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See detailNanocomposite foams of polypropylene and carbon nanotubes: preparation, characterization, and evaluation of their performance as EMI absorbers
Tran, Minh-Phuong; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Alexandre, Michaël et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (in press)

Highly expanded nanocomposite foams of polypropylene and carbon nanotubes (PP/CNT) are formed using supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO 2 ) technology. The foaming parameters (temperature, pressure) are ... [more ▼]

Highly expanded nanocomposite foams of polypropylene and carbon nanotubes (PP/CNT) are formed using supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO 2 ) technology. The foaming parameters (temperature, pressure) are investigated to establish their infl uence on the morphology of the resulting foams and their impact on the electrical con- ductivity. As promising electromagnetic-interference (EMI) absorbers, the EMI shielding performance of the foams is determined, and a preliminary relationship is established between foam morphology and the EMI shielding perfor- mance. The best candidates are highly expanded foams with a volume expansion of >25, containing 0.1 vol% CNTs; they are able to absorb more than 90% of the incident radiation between 25 and 40 GHz. [less ▲]

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See detailJules Destrée animateur de la vie littéraire
Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg

in Institut Destrée (Ed.) Centenaire de la Lettre au Roi de Jules Destrée (in press)

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See detailFranz Thedieck (1900-1995) und das Verhältnis zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik "von Weimar nach Bonn": eine biographische Annäherung
Brüll, Christoph ULg

in Thomes, Paul (Ed.) Zwischen Narration und Methode. Neue Impulse in der historischen Biographieforschung (in press)

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See detailFish consumption patterns and hair mercury levels in children and their mothers in 17 EU countries
Castano, Argelia; Cutanda, Francisco; Esteban, Marta et al

in Environmental Research (in press)

The toxicity of methylmercury (MeHg) in humans is well established and the main source of exposure is via the consumption of large marine fish and mammals. Of particular concern are the potential ... [more ▼]

The toxicity of methylmercury (MeHg) in humans is well established and the main source of exposure is via the consumption of large marine fish and mammals. Of particular concern are the potential neurodevelopmental effects of early life exposure to low-​levels of MeHg. Therefore, it is important that pregnant women, children and women of childbearing age are, as far as possible, protected from MeHg exposure. Within the European project DEMOCOPHES, we have analyzed mercury (Hg) in hair in 1799 mother-​child pairs from 17 European countries using a strictly harmonized protocol for mercury anal. Parallel, harmonized questionnaires on dietary habits provided information on consumption patterns of fish and marine products. After hierarchical cluster anal. of consumption habits of the mother-​child pairs, the DEMOCOPHES cohort can be classified into two branches of approx. similar size: one with high fish consumption (H) and another with low consumption (L)​. All countries have representatives in both branches, but Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Sweden have twice as many or more mother-​child pairs in H than in L. For Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia the situation is the opposite, with more representatives in L than H. There is a strong correlation (r=0.72) in hair mercury concn. between the mother and child in the same family, which indicates that they have a similar exposure situation. The clustering of mother-​child pairs on basis of their fish consumption revealed some interesting patterns. One is that for the same sea fish consumption, other food items of marine origin, like seafood products or shellfish contribute significantly to the mercury levels in hair. We conclude that addnl. studies are needed to assess and quantify exposure to mercury from seafood products, in particular. The cluster anal. also showed that 95​% of mothers who consume once per wk fish only, and no other marine products, have mercury levels 0.55 μg​/g. Thus, the 95th percentile of the distribution in this group is only around half the US-​EPA recommended threshold of 1 μg​/g mercury in hair. Consumption of freshwater fish played a minor role in contributing to mercury exposure in the studied cohort. The DEMOCOPHES data shows that there are significant differences in MeHg exposure across the EU and that exposure is highly correlated with consumption of fish and marine products. Fish and marine products are key components of a healthy human diet and are important both traditionally and culturally in many parts of Europe. Therefore, the communication of the potential risks of mercury exposure needs to be carefully balanced to take into account traditional and cultural values as well as the potential health benefits from fish consumption. European harmonized human biomonitoring programs provide an addnl. dimension to national HMB programs and can assist national authorities to tailor mitigation and adaptation strategies (dietary advice, risk communication, etc.) to their country's specific requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailUn type picard par-delà les frontières : le <nom jeté>
Baiwir, Esther ULg

in Dialectes de Wallonie (in press), 36

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See detailMeasurement of circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D: A historical review
Delvin, Edgar; LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; CAVALIER, Etienne ULg et al

in Practical Laboratory Medicine (in press)

The constantly increasing requests for the measurement of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D over the last years has led reagent manufacturers to market different automated and semi-automated methods, that being ... [more ▼]

The constantly increasing requests for the measurement of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D over the last years has led reagent manufacturers to market different automated and semi-automated methods, that being unfortunately not fully harmonized, yield different results. Liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS2) has more recently been introduced. This approach allows the distinction between the two forms of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and to measure other metabolites. This approach also requires harmonization to curtail the differences between the different analytical methods. To meet this requirement, the American National Institutes of Health (NIH), the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta, the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and the vitamin D Reference laboratory of Ghent University have pooled their expertise to develop a standardization program. This article reviews the main elements and the difficulties of the automated and semi-automated methods for 25-hydroxyvitamin D, from sample preparation to the analytical phase, as well as those related to mass spectrometry. It also addresses the issues related to the clinical decision thresholds and the possibility of measurements in different biological liquids. [less ▲]

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See detailProjectiles and hafting technology
Rots, Veerle ULg

in Iovita, Radu; Sano, Katsuhiro (Eds.) Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Stone Age Weaponry (in press)

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See detailThe soundtrack of RR Lyrae in Omega Cen at high-frequency
Calamida, A.S.; Randall, S.K.; Monelli, M. et al

in Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana : Journal of the Italian Astronomical Society (in press)

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See detailKeys to the identification of prehension and hafting traces
Rots, Veerle ULg

in Marreiros, Juan; Gibaja, Juan; Bicho, Nuno (Eds.) Use-Wear and Residue Analysis in Archaeology (in press)

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See detailLes animateurs de la vie littéraire en Belgique francophone : de leur rôle interne à leur position de médiateur transnational
Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg

in Blanchard, Nelly; Thomas, Mannaig (Eds.) Des littératures périphériques (in press)

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See detailTowards a more behavioral approach: the contribution of wear studies
Rots, Veerle ULg

in Shott, Michael (Ed.) Works in Stone (in press)

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See detailLeidenfrost drops: effect of gravity
Maquet, Laurent ULg; Brandenbourger, Martin ULg; Sobac, Benjamin et al

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (in press)

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See detailThe Herschel view of the nebula around the luminous blue variable star AG Carinae
Vamvatira-Nakou, Chloi ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Royer, P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (in press)

Far-infrared Herschel PACS imaging and spectroscopic observations of the nebula around the luminous blue variable (LBV) star AG Car have been obtained along with optical imaging in the Halpha+[NII] filter ... [more ▼]

Far-infrared Herschel PACS imaging and spectroscopic observations of the nebula around the luminous blue variable (LBV) star AG Car have been obtained along with optical imaging in the Halpha+[NII] filter. In the infrared light, the nebula appears as a clumpy ring shell that extends up to 1.2 pc with an inner radius of 0.4 pc. It coincides with the Halpha nebula, but extends further out. Dust modeling of the nebula was performed and indicates the presence of large grains. The dust mass is estimated to be ~ 0.2 Msun. The infrared spectrum of the nebula consists of forbidden emission lines over a dust continuum. Apart from ionized gas, these lines also indicate the existence of neutral gas in a photodissociation region that surrounds the ionized region. The abundance ratios point towards enrichment by processed material. The total mass of the nebula ejected from the central star amounts to ~ 15 Msun, assuming a dust-to-gas ratio typical of LBVs. The abundances and the mass-loss rate were used to constrain the evolutionary path of the central star and the epoch at which the nebula was ejected, with the help of available evolutionary models. This suggests an ejection during a cool LBV phase for a star of ~ 55 Msun with little rotation. [less ▲]

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See detailA Simple Method for Designing Shewhart X ̅ and S2 Control Charts to Guarantee the In-Control Performance
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg; Woodall, Bill

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The in-control performance of the Shewhart X ̅ and S2 control charts with estimated in-control parameters has been evaluated by a number of authors. Results indicate an unrealistically large amount of ... [more ▼]

The in-control performance of the Shewhart X ̅ and S2 control charts with estimated in-control parameters has been evaluated by a number of authors. Results indicate an unrealistically large amount of Phase I data is needed to have the desired in-control average run length (ARL) value in Phase II. To overcome this problem, it has been recommended that the control limits be adjusted based on a bootstrap method to guarantee that the in-control ARL is at least a specified value with a certain specified probability. In our paper we present simple formulas for the required control limits so that practitioners do not have to use the bootstrap method. An assumption of normality is required. The advantage of our proposed method is in its simplicity; there is no bootstrapping and the control chart constants do not depend on the Phase I sample data. [less ▲]

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