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See detailA Photometric Study of the Hot Exoplanet WASP-19b
Lendl, M.; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Queloz, D. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 552

Context. The sample of hot Jupiters that have been studied in great detail is still growing. In particular, when the planet transits its host star, it is possible to measure the planetary radius and the ... [more ▼]

Context. The sample of hot Jupiters that have been studied in great detail is still growing. In particular, when the planet transits its host star, it is possible to measure the planetary radius and the planet mass (with radial velocity data). For the study of planetary atmospheres, it is essential to obtain transit and occultation measurements at multiple wavelengths. Aims: We aim to characterize the transiting hot Jupiter WASP-19b by deriving accurate and precise planetary parameters from a dedicated observing campaign of transits and occultations. Methods: We have obtained a total of 14 transit lightcurves in the r'-Gunn, I-Cousins, z'-Gunn, and I + z' filters and 10 occultation lightcurves in z'-Gunn using EulerCam on the Euler-Swiss telescope and TRAPPIST. We also obtained one lightcurve through the narrow-band NB1190 filter of HAWK-I on the VLT measuring an occultation at 1.19 μm. We performed a global MCMC analysis of all new data, together with some archive data in order to refine the planetary parameters and to measure the occultation depths in z'-band and at 1.19 μm. Results: We measure a planetary radius of Rp = 1.376 ± 0.046 RJ, a planetary mass of Mp = 1.165 ± 0.068 MJ, and find a very low eccentricity of e = 0.0077-0.0032+0.0068, compatible with a circular orbit. We have detected the z'-band occultation at 3σ significance and measure it to be δFocc,z' = 352 ± 116 ppm, more than a factor of 2 smaller than previously published. The occultation at 1.19 μm is only marginally constrained at δFocc,NB1190 = 1711-726+745 ppm. Conclusions: We show that the detection of occultations in the visible range is within reach, even for 1 m class telescopes if a considerable number of individual events are observed. Our results suggest an oxygen-dominated atmosphere of WASP-19b, making the planet an interesting test case for oxygen-rich planets without temperature inversion. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude des conditions de vie et d’accessibilité aux soins de santé de qualité des populations en situation de précarité, dans la zone de sante de Bandalungwa à Kinshasa (Congo) grâce à la micro-assurance santé en 2008.
Manzambi Kuwekita, Joseph ULg; Guillaume, Michèle ULg; Balula Semutsari, Marie-Paule et al

in Journal d’Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique (2013), 12

This study investigates the conditions under which populations living in poverty are able to accumulate savings and contribute to a micro-insurance health system to improve their living standards and ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the conditions under which populations living in poverty are able to accumulate savings and contribute to a micro-insurance health system to improve their living standards and access quality health care. We carried out a comprehensive survey in 2008 in the Bandalungwa health zone of Kinshasa. It was based on the Manzambi Model for health financing and the extension of social protection to the poor in developing countries. Each day, the leader of the group hands the members’ contributions to a loan officer. Two micro -entrepreneurs (3%) paid by these funds have disappeared, with the help of a loan officer. The main results of this study show that of all those contributing to the scheme, 78.1% improved their living conditions. 50% were able to start saving while 71.9% of these regularly contributed 1 US$ to the micro-insurance fund. 40.6% regularly contributed 1 US$ to the health micro-insurance fund, 88.5% of these improved their access to health care. When micro-credit promotes significant compulsory savings, the obligatory contribution of one dollar a day to the micro-insurance fund becomes easier and results in improved access to care (p<0.000) for household members. 68% of micro-entrepreneurs who paid their dues improved their purchasing power. If we want to keep people out of poverty, we must find a way to help them with these compulsory savings. The results of this study show that micro-entrepreneurs who have improved their living conditions also saw an improvement in their access to care (86.4%) (p=0.003). The Manzambi model provides a sustainable solution to the problem of health financing and extends social protection to fragile populations in developing countries. It also brings us closer to the objective of "health for all". [less ▲]

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See detailAttribution of Cysteine Connectivities in small toxins - New Prospects Based on Partial Oxidation/Reduction Experiments and Ion-Mobility Mass Spectrometry
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Massonnet, Philippe ULg; Echterbille, Julien ULg et al

Conference (2013, December)

Disulfide bonds are post-translational modifications often found in biological compounds and especially in animal toxins. Disulfide bonds participate in the formation of specific folding of peptides and ... [more ▼]

Disulfide bonds are post-translational modifications often found in biological compounds and especially in animal toxins. Disulfide bonds participate in the formation of specific folding of peptides and proteins, directly related to their biological activity. Cystein pairing determinations are primordial for the synthesis of chemical homologous displaying the same bioactivity than the natural compound. This task appears already difficult when the cysteine pairings have to be determined from large proteins. The combination of physical and chemical techniques such as NMR, enzymatic proteolysis, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, is needed to circumvent this difficulty. However, when the work concerns small compounds such as conotoxins, the problem is much more complex due to the low amount of available compound and to the lack of enzymatic cleavage sites between cysteines. In this study, we investigate the case of small peptides that contain two disulphide bonds. The idea is to determine the cystein pairings in such compounds by a chemical partial reduction (or oxidation) of the peptides, followed by the separation of the generated species by ion-mobility mass spectrometry, and their characterisation by tandem mass spectrometry. Up to now, we have investigated the partial reduction not only in solution (with DTT and TCEP) but also in the gas-phase (Electron transfer dissociation), and partial oxidation in solution (with 3-CPBA). The results demonstrate an unexpected complexity of the data, including low fragmentation ratios of peptides and disulfide scramblings. [less ▲]

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See detailPeut-on avoir plusieurs pensées en même temps ? Étude d’une controverse scolaire et de son traitement par Descartes dans L’Entretien avec Burman
Dubouclez, Olivier ULg

in UBB Studia. Philosophia (2013), 58(3), 85-108

According to Burman, Descartes’ proof of the existence of God in the Third Meditation depends on the reader’s ability to attend to several axioms at the same time. However it is a claim endorsed by a wide ... [more ▼]

According to Burman, Descartes’ proof of the existence of God in the Third Meditation depends on the reader’s ability to attend to several axioms at the same time. However it is a claim endorsed by a wide range of Aristotelian schoolmen and by Burman after them that such a simultaneous conception is far beyond the capacity of our mind. Descartes takes an original stand in that controversy : human thought is a temporal process in which ideas not only succeed but also interfere with one another ; meditation can help stretching our attention so as to embrace more than one argument in a same moment. Indeed, metaphysics is not only a matter of order for Descartes, but also of synoptical power. [less ▲]

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See detailRhétorique visuelle et énonciation
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg

in Visible (2013), 10

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See detailLe coût CO2 du réveillon de Noël
Ozer, Pierre ULg

Article for general public (2013)

Pour vous, j’ai décortiqué le folder publicitaire Spécial Noël « Nos petits prix vous mettent en appétit » de l’hypermarché Carrefour pour préparer le repas familial tant attendu. Et voici ce que j'ai pu ... [more ▼]

Pour vous, j’ai décortiqué le folder publicitaire Spécial Noël « Nos petits prix vous mettent en appétit » de l’hypermarché Carrefour pour préparer le repas familial tant attendu. Et voici ce que j'ai pu concocter pour huit personnes (200 g de produits à tête) avec, entre parenthèses, les kilomètres parcourus entre le pays de production et la Belgique ainsi que les kilogrammes de CO2 émis uniquement pour le transport (souvent aérien et intercontinental) de ces produits achetés. Rappelons ici que le transport aérien émet, en moyenne, 60 fois plus de CO2 que le transport par voie maritime. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrait échoguidé d’un corps étranger localisé dans les tissus mous périphériques
Rizza, Maïlis ULg; Barthelemy, Nicolas ULg; Bolen, Géraldine ULg

in Monde Vétérinaire (Le) : European Veterinary Magazine (2013), 138

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See detailNew developments in artificially layered ferroelectric oxide superlattices
Dawber, Matthew; Bousquet, Eric ULg

in MRS Bulletin (2013), 38

Artifi cially layered superlattices of oxide materials have been intensely investigated for some time, but continue to reveal new potential as a route to advanced functional materials. As well as ... [more ▼]

Artifi cially layered superlattices of oxide materials have been intensely investigated for some time, but continue to reveal new potential as a route to advanced functional materials. As well as considering electrostatics and strain, a more complete picture of the interfaces in these systems also needs to incorporate the possibility of additional structural distortions, electronic redistributions, and complex polarization domain structures. Here we focus on superlattices composed of two perovskite oxide materials, where one is a ferroelectric, and discuss the important interactions between the component materials that determine the behavior of the new artifi cial material. We discuss interfaces both with and without electronic screening. The fi rst class of interface contains technologically relevant ultrathin ferroelectric capacitors and the more recently studied ferroelectric-metal superlattices. In these systems, the infl uence of the ferroelectric polarization decreases rapidly with distance from the interface. By contrast, in systems where the materials adjacent to the ferroelectric layers are dielectrics, the polarization of the ferroelectric layer infl uences the properties of the adjacent layers over a much longer distance, setting the stage for fascinating competition between the properties of the combined materials. [less ▲]

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See detailDiabète et nutrition artificielle : principes de prise en charge
Quilliot, Didier; Malgras, Aurélie; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg et al

in Nutrition Clinique et Metabolisme (2013), 27(4), 230-235

At home as in the hospital, the diabetic patients are at high risk of malnutrition. In patients with hyperglycemia in artificial nutrition, the primary objective is to to cover their protein needs and ... [more ▼]

At home as in the hospital, the diabetic patients are at high risk of malnutrition. In patients with hyperglycemia in artificial nutrition, the primary objective is to to cover their protein needs and their caloric needs and to optimize accordingly the antidiabetic treatment. Insulin therapy is the treatment of choice. The use of low glycaemic index is probably better, especially for oral supplementation. An equivalent parenteral carbohydrate intake has a hyperglycaemic effect more important than with the oral or enteral way. The management of hyperglycemia in artificial nutrition requires defining glycemic goals, tailored to the patient, to the type and the sequences of artificial nutrition, establishing patterns of insulin therapy and providing accurate adaptation rules. Above the basal requirement, insulin therapy sufficient to meet caloric exposure must be prescribed appropriate in timing with the artificial nutrition. The use of sliding scale as monotherapy is ineffective. This management requires forming the nurse team. The acute phase has passed, the disease stabilized, it is sometimes possible to introduce oral antidiabetic drugs and stop insulin. In this case, we apply the same prescription rules to these drugs as for the patient fed orally. [less ▲]

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See detail« Elements d’actualité fiscale : Taxation des revenus mobiliers, nouvelles obligations de mention dans la déclaration et régularisation fiscale »
Bourgeois, Marc ULg; Garroy, Sabine ULg

in Fiscale Praktijkstudies (2013), 39

La contribution se subdivise en trois parties, chacune envisageant une question particulière. 1) Un premier chapitre a fait la synthèse et le point sur les évolutions du régime de taxation des revenus ... [more ▼]

La contribution se subdivise en trois parties, chacune envisageant une question particulière. 1) Un premier chapitre a fait la synthèse et le point sur les évolutions du régime de taxation des revenus mobiliers, depuis l’entrée en fonction du Gouvernement di Rupo. L’objet du propos est informatif et descriptif. 2) Dans un deuxième temps, nous avons analysé plus en détails le souci de transparence des patrimoines qui anime notre législateur, par le biais de l’introduction de nouvelles obligations de mention dans la déclaration annuelle à l’impôt des personnes physiques (assurances-vie individuelles auprès d’entreprises d’assurance établies à l’étranger ; existence d’une « construction juridique »), ou encore des efforts accomplis avec d’autres Etats membres au niveau de l’Union européenne. 3) Enfin, l’examen de la procédure de régularisation fiscale, telle que réformée par la loi du 11 juillet 2013 a fait l’objet du troisième chapitre. [less ▲]

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See detailShort communication - Isolation of amylolytic, xylanolytic, and cellulolytic microorganisms extracted from the gut of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis by means of a micro-aerobic atmosphere
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Brognaux, Alison ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg et al

in World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology (2013)

The aim of this work was to isolate enzyme-producing microorganisms from the tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis. The microorganisms were extracted from the guts and anaerobic (CO2 or CO2/H2 ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to isolate enzyme-producing microorganisms from the tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis. The microorganisms were extracted from the guts and anaerobic (CO2 or CO2/H2) and micro-aerobic atmospheres were used to stimulate growth. Three different strategies were tried out. First, the sample was spread on Petri dishes containing solid media with carboxymethylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose or cellobiose. This technique allowed us to isolate two bacteria: Streptomyces sp. strain ABGxAviA1 and Pseudomonas sp. strain ABGxCellA. The second strategy consisted in inoculating a specific liquid medium containing carboxymethylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, or cellobiose. The samples were then spread on Petri dishes with the same specific medium containing carboxymethylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, or cellobiose. This led to the isolation of the mold Aspergillus sp. strain ABGxAviA2. Finally, the third strategy consisted in heating the first culture and spreading samples on agar plates containing rich medium. This led to the isolation of the bacterium Bacills subtilis strain ABGx. All those steps were achieved in controlled atmospheres. The four enzyme-producing strains which were isolated were obtained by using a micro-aerobic atmosphere. Later, enzymatic assays were performed on the four strains. Streptomyces sp. strain ABGxAviA1 was found to produce only amylase, while Pseudomonas sp. strain ABGxCellA was found to produce β-glucosidase as well. Aspergillus sp. strain ABGxAviA2 showed β-glucosidase, amylase, cellulase, and xylanase activities. Finally, Bacillus subtilis strain ABGx produced xylanase and amylase. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet du stress hydrique sur la composition biochimique des huiles de quatre variétés de carthame (Carthamus tinctorius) produites dans la région orientale du Maroc.
Ben moumen, Abdessamad; Mansouri, Farid; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in 6èmes Journées internationales d'étude sur les lipides - Programme scientifique, Recueil des Résumés (2013, December)

L'huile de carthame est produite sur une échelle relativement réduite dans certaines régions d'Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient. Cette huile a été caractérisée dans différentes régions du monde et ... [more ▼]

L'huile de carthame est produite sur une échelle relativement réduite dans certaines régions d'Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient. Cette huile a été caractérisée dans différentes régions du monde et plusieurs expériences ont montré une grande variabilité en fonctions des variétés, des sols et des conditions climatiques. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la composition des huiles d’olive de nouvelles variétés d’olivier introduites dans la région orientale du Maroc
Mansouri, Farid; Ben moumen, Abdessamad; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in 6èmes Journées internationales d'étude sur les lipides - Programme scientifique, Recueil des Résumés (2013, December)

Le secteur oléicole marocain a connu une évolution importante au niveau des superficies qui ont atteint 900000 ha (*MAPM, 2011). La structure variétale du verger oléicole marocain est caractérisée par la ... [more ▼]

Le secteur oléicole marocain a connu une évolution importante au niveau des superficies qui ont atteint 900000 ha (*MAPM, 2011). La structure variétale du verger oléicole marocain est caractérisée par la prédominance de la Picholine marocaine, qui représente plus de 96 % du patrimoine national et qui est à double fin. [less ▲]

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See detailThe X-ray under-luminosity of the O-type supergiants HD16691 and HD14947 revealed by XMM-Newton
De Becker, Michaël ULg

in New Astronomy (2013), 25

The members of the scarce category of Of^+ supergiants present properties that are intermediate between regular O-stars and Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars. Significant similarities between these transitional stars ... [more ▼]

The members of the scarce category of Of^+ supergiants present properties that are intermediate between regular O-stars and Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars. Significant similarities between these transitional stars and WN-type objects are now clearly established, at least in the visible and near-infrared domains, pointing to common stellar wind properties. In this study, we report on the first dedicated X-ray observations of HD16691 (O4If^+) and HD14947 (O5f^+), revealing a soft thermal spectrum in agreement with the expected X-ray emission from a single O-type star. However, the X-ray luminosity of our targets is slightly lower than expected for single O-type stars, suggesting that the particular properties of their stellar wind has also a significant impact on the X-ray emission of these objects on the way to the WN category. We argue that the X-ray under-luminosity of HD16691 and HD14947 may be interpreted as the signature in X-rays of the intermediate stage between O and WR stars, as a consequence of enhanced wind density. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroimmunohistochemistry: A Novel Form of MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging Coupled to Immunohistochemistry for Tracking Antibodies.
Longuespée, Rémi ULg; Boyon, Charlotte; Desmons, Annie et al

in OMICS : A Journal of Integrative Biology (2013)

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See detailQuality Assessment of Marketed Eggs in Basse kabylie (Algeria)
Moula, Nassim ULg; Ait Kaki, Asma ULg; Leroy, Pascal ULg et al

in Revista Brasileira de Ciência Avícola (2013), 15(4), 395-399

Quality variations in retail eggs are widely reported. This study aims at assessing the quality of eggs according to the marketing channel in the department of Bejaia (Algeria). In spring and summer 2012 ... [more ▼]

Quality variations in retail eggs are widely reported. This study aims at assessing the quality of eggs according to the marketing channel in the department of Bejaia (Algeria). In spring and summer 2012, 3330 eggs were bought in 30 stores divided into 3 categories: 10 supermarkets (1146 eggs), 10 public markets (1048 eggs), and 10 shops (1136 eggs). Egg weights differed significantly between marketing channels with 58.9±0.14, 61.2±0.13 and 62.8±0.13 g for public markets, shops and supermarkets, respectively (p<0.001). Although shell thickness was similar for all marketing channels, the proportion of damaged eggs was higher in public markets (9.0%), intermediate in food shops (7.3%) and lower in supermarkets (5.7%; p<0.05). The yolk/albumen ratio was significantly higher for eggs from supermarkets (48.0%) compared with the other channels (around 47.4%; p<0.05). The freshness of the eggs, measured by the Haugh method, was lower in public markets (74.3 units), intermediate in shops (77.6 units) and higher in supermarkets (79.9 units; p<0.05). The price of eggs, expressed in Algerian Dinar (AD) per kg, was significantly lower in public markets (124 AD/kg) compared with the two other channels (around 131 AD/kg; p<0.05). It is possible to conclude that egg quality in Bass Kabylie differs significantly among marketing channels, with higher quality observed in supermarkets. The lower quality of eggs in public markets is associated with lower price. Eggs from shops present an intermediate quality. A one-year study would allow studying both the potential seasonal effect and compare intrinsic variability across marketing channels. [less ▲]

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See detailA combined incremental-secant mean-field homogenization scheme with per-phase residual strains for elasto-plastic composites
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

in International Journal of Plasticity (2013), 51

This paper presents an incremental secant mean-fi eld homogenization (MFH) procedure for composites made of elasto-plastic constituents. In this formulation, the residual stress and strain states reached ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an incremental secant mean-fi eld homogenization (MFH) procedure for composites made of elasto-plastic constituents. In this formulation, the residual stress and strain states reached in the elasto-plastic phases upon a fi ctitious elastic unloading are considered as starting point to apply the secant method. The mean stress fields in the phases are then computed using secant tensors, which are naturally isotropic and enable to de fine the Linear-Comparison-Composite. The method, which remains simple in its formulation, is valid for general non-monotonic and non-proportional loading. It is applied on various problems involving elastic, elasto-plastic and perfectly-plastic phases, to demonstrate its accuracy compared to other existing MFH methods. [less ▲]

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See detailImpôt immobilier et panneaux photovoltaïques : Réflexions sur la détermination du revenu cadastral d'une habitation
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg

in Revue de Fiscalité Régionale et Locale (2013), 4

Nous discutons, dans cette contribution, de l’évaluation du revenu cadastral des parcelles bâties. Nous profitons de la parution en 2013, dans la presse francophone belge, de plusieurs articles relatifs à ... [more ▼]

Nous discutons, dans cette contribution, de l’évaluation du revenu cadastral des parcelles bâties. Nous profitons de la parution en 2013, dans la presse francophone belge, de plusieurs articles relatifs à une éventuelle réévaluation du revenu cadastral des habitations équipées de panneaux photovoltaïques pour tenter d'éclaircir certaines questions spécifiques relatives à cette matière. Nous mettons en évidence la nécessité de mettre en place, à l'échelon de la Wallonie, une base de taxation plus en phase avec les enjeux et le contexte actuels. [less ▲]

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