hedge fund n. a limited partnership of investors that uses high risk methodswipeout n. an instance of complete destruction
The stars of the biggest hedge funds are losing their shirts as analysts fear a major financial wipeout is imminent.
alone ad. independently, unaided, unaccompanied, without helprecirculate v. pass from place or place or person to person again
That alone should cause the number of closures to increase, as bad managers get fired and money is recirculated into those managers that do better.
shrug off v. to minimize the importance of; get rid ofslump v. fall or sink heavily; collapse; decline suddenly; fall off
Microsoft shrugged off a 14% slump in PC sales during the first quarter to report net income of $6.1bn (£3.9m), up 18% from $5.1bn a year ago, beating analysts' forecasts.
exploiter n. a person who uses something or someone selfishly or unethically
They staffing Microsoft’s new Cybercrime Center talk about stopping criminals: software pirates, criminal syndicates that run botnets and exploiters of children.
laden a. weighed down with load, heavy
Malta's prime minister has said European waters close to Africa are turning into a cemetery, after another boat laden with migrants capsized.
catastrophe n. an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering
Luckey noted that had the spilling happened closer to Christmas, it would have been a catastrophe.
disseminated a. spread around; widespread; spread over a large area of a body, tissue, or organdoomsday n. judgment day; day of the last judgment; day of death
That the world will end in 2012 is the most widely-disseminated doomsday tale in human history, thanks to the internet, Hollywood and an ever-eager press corps.
discount v. deduct or subtract from a cost or price; regard with doubt or disbelief
Possible teenage suicide pacts and the potential for traumatizing fear in young children has prompted The NASA to release a video this week discounting theories that the end of the Maya calendar on December 21st, signifies the end of the world.
iconic a. of or pertaining to a portrait or likeness or to portraiture; of the nature of a portrait
Tommy was playing MacArthur, an iconic hero emblazoned on everyone’s consciousness, and I was the guy that nobody knew.
straddle v. to sit with a leg on each side; to appear to favor both sides of an issue
To take on the south was to risk splintering the Democratic Party, then an angry amalgam of northern liberals, southern segregationists and pragmatists like the president, who tried to straddle the divide.
integrate v. make into a whole by bringing all parts together; unify; make part of a larger unit
It’s the web giant’s first foray into wearable technology, an emerging market expected to more closely integrate the capabilities of smartphones in our lives.
cortical a. pertaining to the outer layer of an internal organ or body structure, such as the kidney or the brain
You can look into brain regions which are connected with the hippocampus and play a major role in this disease, but you can also study how many cells you need to build up a cortical unit model in 3-D.
pastor n. a Christian minister or priest having spiritual charge over a congregation or other group; layperson having spiritual charge over a person or groupsermon n. religious discourse delivered as part of a church service
The studio has teamed up with a specialist marketing firm with the aim of encouraging pastors to utilise Zack Snyder's comic book reboot in sermons.
chilling a. causing mild fear
"The verdict is certainly a chilling one for investigative journalism, for people who might come into information that they believe should be part of the public discourse."
insurgency n. rebellion, revolt; a state of being insurgent
A coup followed by an Islamist insurgency uprooted many Malians last year, before French-led forces helped restore order in January.
point blank a. close enough so that missing the target is unlikely or impossible; so close to a target that a weapon may be aimed directly at itmemoir n. an account of the personal experiences of an author; a biography or biographical sketch; report, especially on a scientific or scholarly topic
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl shot in the head at point-blank range for advocating girls' education, has become a millionaire by signing a deal for around USD 3 million to publish her memoir.
issue v. to publish, circulate or distribute in an official capacity
She and her family were living in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where the Taliban had issued an edict in 2009 banning all girls from school.
trial n. act or process of testing, trying, or putting to the proof
In trials, the small but statistically significant reductions in cholesterols and blood pressure, suggest a beneficial effect on other major cardiovascular risk factors.
superpower n. a powerful and influential nation, one that usually dominates its allies in an international power bloc
Space exploration, once the exclusive domain of the world's superpowers, is now being undertaken by dozens of nations aiming to show the world their technological prowess.
ferret v. To uncover and bring to light by searchingburgeon v. to develop or grow rapidly
The buildup in corporate internal controls may lead to a false sense of security that the company will be able to ferret out internal wrongdoing before it burgeons into a serious concern.
tug n. strong pull or pulling force; contest or struggle; rope, chain, or strap used in haulinghaunt v. visit often; appear to in the form of ghost or other supernatural being; come to the mind of continually
His heroic tug at a flag-decked mast will come back to haunt him in unexpected ways later in the story.
milkshake n. beverage consisting of fruit juice, water, and some milk