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2011-05-10 08:31:00

Employment numbers improve for the third consecutive month YONKERS, N.Y., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As rattled consumers face rising gas prices, inflation concerns and increasing financial woes, consumer sentiment numbers have dropped significantly. The Consumer Reports Sentiment Index has dropped to 45.7 from 50.2 the prior month. This significant step back returned consumer sentiment to negative territory, leaving it at a level comparable to one year ago. "Our findings...

2011-05-03 12:10:00

LONDON, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Job opportunities across the country slipped further back last month, down 3 Index points (2 per cent) in April compared to March, according to the latest Reed Job Index. However year on year employer demand is up 22 per cent to give a Reed Job Index reading of 125. UK vacancies for jobs have risen 25 per cent since December 2009, (when the Index's baseline was set at 100) according to the report compiled by the UK's largest recruitment site...

2011-04-29 03:00:00

BRUSSELS, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the Euro Area declined 0.5 percent in March to 108.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.9 percent increase in February and a 0.7 percent increase in January. Said Jean-Claude Manini, The Conference Board Senior Economist for Europe: "Widespread declines in the leading indicators led to the first drop in The Conference Board LEI for the Euro Area in five months. In March, the only...

2011-04-28 14:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an April 27 briefing by Department of Defense official George Taylor, Jr., The American Legion learned the agency is recommending a TRICARE premium increase tied to the National Healthcare Expenditure (NHE) Index. Taylor, DoD's acting principal deputy assistant secretary for health affairs, said the decision was made to use the NHE Index because it was transparent, easy to understand and "fair." DoD plans to recommend that Congress...

2011-04-27 08:00:00

NEW YORK, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Gold Council today released its Q1 2011 Gold Investment Digest, with top-line findings showing that despite an initial pullback of the gold price in January, positive investor sentiment towards gold and greater confidence in the timing of jewellery purchases contributed to a strong quarterly performance, prompting gold to reach new all-time highs in early April - and ultimately leading it to breach the $1,500/oz mark. Against a backdrop...

2011-04-26 09:00:00

NEW YORK, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased in March, improved in April. The Index now stands at 65.4 (1985=100), up from 63.8 in March. The Present Situation Index increased to 39.6 from 37.5. The Expectations Index rose to 82.6 from 81.3. The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey®, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by The Nielsen Company, a...

2011-04-19 21:00:00

NEW YORK, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for China increased 0.3 percent in February to 155.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.2 percent increase in January and a 0.5 percent decline in December. Three of the six components contributed positively to the index in February. Says The Conference Board China Center resident economist Bill Adams: "The LEI for China slowed noticeably in February compared to late 2010, pointing to...

2011-04-14 01:00:00

HELLERUP, Denmark, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Saxo Bank, the online trading and investment specialist, today released its second quarter Outlook, a short analysis examining the global economic outlook for the forthcoming quarter. Economic growth has been strong across the board for the most part this year, but that is not an all-clear for loading up in risky assets. Saxo Bank foresees increased volatility in the second quarter as uprisings in the Middle East, a wounded Japanese...

2011-04-13 17:00:00

ARLINGTON, Va., April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The pace of wage growth for private sector workers is expected to improve modestly in the coming months, according to the final first quarter Wage Trend Indicator(TM) (WTI) released today by BNA, a leading publisher of specialized news and information. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090105/56509LOGO) In the opening months of 2011, the WTI increased for the third consecutive quarter to 98.01 (second quarter 1976 = 100),...

2011-04-05 11:53:00

NEW YORK, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AllianceBernstein today announced the release of a new white paper that discusses the critical risk inflation poses when one invests for retirement and how target-date funds may be able to enhance inflation protection with an allocation to real assets such as commodity stocks, commodity futures and securitized real estate. "Inflation is a key risk to address when investing for one's retirement since it can rapidly erode the purchasing power of a...


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Quintessence (Dark Energy) -- Quintessence or dark energy is a hypothetical form of energy postulated to exist in order to explain observations of an accelerating universe. This energy would act like a vacuum pressure, pushing things apart. Other attempts to explain these recent observations involve a non-zero cosmological constant, which has the same effect. Indeed, sometimes quintessence is said to result in a non-zero cosmological constant, and conversely a non-zero cosmological...

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Cosmological Constant -- The cosmological constant (usually denoted by the Greek capital letter lambda: Λ) is a value occurring in Einstein's theory of general relativity. The units of Λ are 1/second2; its value is unknown but believed to be positive based on recent observations. The constant is proportional to the energy density of the vacuum ρ, where π is Pi, G is the gravitational constant and c is the speed of light in vacuum. The term can be postive, negative, or...

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Inflation -- Inflation is the idea - first proposed by Alan Guth (1981) - that the nascent universe passed through a phase of exponential expansion that was driven by a negative vacuum energy density (positive vacuum pressure). This expansion can be modelled by a non-zero cosmological constant. As a direct consequence of this expansion, all of the observable universe is posited to have originated in a small, initially causally-connected region. Quantum fluctuations in this microscopic...

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Accelerating universe -- In the late 1990s, observations of type I supernova produced the unexpected result that the expansion of the universe appears to be accelerating. These observations appear more firm as new data has appeared. This means that the speed with which a distant galaxy recedes from us increases over time. If this trend continues, eventually we won't be able to see any other galaxies any more. This new theory of the end of the Universe has been called the Big Rip....

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Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) -- The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) was launched on June 30, 2001 at 3:46 p.m. EDT at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. The goal of WMAP was to map out minute differences in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation which would help test theories of the nature of the universe. On February 11, 2003, the public relations group from NASA made a press release regarding the age and composition of the universe....

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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