How Curiosity could prove we actually found life on Mars in the Seventies | Mail Online

The Curiosity Rover is not officially on Mars to search for signs of life, but one scientist hopes its findings will prove his claim to have found organic material there in nearly 30 years ago.Gilbert Levin – who led the ‘labelled release’ experiment on Nasa’s 1976 Viking mission to the Red Planet – is hoping that Curiosity will find evidence proving his claim to have found carbon-based molecules there.If it does, he is ready to demand that his refuted discovery of life on Mars is reinstated.

via How Curiosity could prove we actually found life on Mars in the Seventies | Mail Online.

Beer is good for you: study finds anti-virus powers

Actually, not sure this is as much drink more more as eat more marmite…

Consuming large quantities of a key ingredient in beer can protect against winter sniffles and even some serious illnesses in small children, a Japanese brewery said citing a scientific study.

A chemical compound in hops, the plant brewers use to give beer its bitter taste, provides an effective guard against a virus that can cause severe forms of pneumonia and bronchitis in youngsters, Sapporo Breweries said Wednesday.

via AFP: Beer is good for you: study finds anti-virus powers.

Trends In Toronto Housing Prices – Business Insider

A great Infographic.

As home prices in Canada continue to trend upwards, there’s been much discussion about whether this country’s housing market is a bubble about to burst. Recent numbers out of Vancouver suggest one of the nation’s biggest and hottest markets is cooling down rapidly.

To help get a handle on housing Canada’s other massive metropolitan area, Canadian Mortgages Inc. has put together this great infographic on the state of Toronto’s housing market:

via Trends In Toronto Housing Prices – Business Insider.

DNA’s Structure Photographed for the First Time

To deduce the double helix structure of deoxribonucleic acid 59 years ago, scientists James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin bounced X-rays off of the DNA and used that data to reconstruct its shape. But now, physicist Enzo Di Fabrizio, a professor at the Magna Graecia University in Catazaro, Italy, has snapped the very first direct picture of the structure of DNA.

via DNA’s Structure Photographed for the First Time – Mental Floss.

Consumer debt levels continue to swell, hit all-time high

New numbers from Statistic Canada show consumer debt levels hit an all-time high in the third quarter.

The debt-to-disposable-income ratio came in at 164.6 per cent for the three months ended Sept. 30, up from 163.3 per cent in the second quarter.

While the ratio continues to grow, it was a smaller increase than seen in the previous quarter.

via Consumer debt levels continue to swell, hit all-time high – Need to know – Macleans.ca.

Consumers getting message on debt, but will it last?

Canadian consumers appear to be getting the message that their borrowing binge simply couldn’t run at such a fevered pace.

In its review, the Bank of Canada said that the growth of consumer credit has “continued to moderate” in the past six months, but that it is eclipsing the growth of disposable income and that its simulations “continue to suggest that households are vulnerable to adverse economic shocks.”

via Consumers getting message on debt, but will it last? – The Globe and Mail.

BBC News – Giant black hole in tiny galaxy confounds astronomers

Lets see, big black hole, small galaxy… can you hear the giant sucking sound..

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Astronomers have spotted an enormous black hole – the second most massive ever – but it resides in a tiny galaxy.

The galaxy NGC 1277, just a quarter the size of our own Milky Way, hosts a black hole 4,000 times larger than the one at the Milky Way’s centre.

via BBC News – Giant black hole in tiny galaxy confounds astronomers.

Information ≤ Data : the challenge of more data

Great article on why data ≠ information, and the diminishing returns in terms of insight as this data increases.  We need to get smart with our our approach and analytical techniques to derive more value from more data.  Worth a read.

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The value of any data is only as valuable as the information and insights we can extract from it. It is the information and insights that will help us make better decisions and give us a competitive edge. The promise of big data is that one could glean lots of information and gain many valuable insights. However, people often don’t realize that data and information are not the same. Even if you are able to extract information from your big data, not all of it will be insightful and valuable.

via The Big Data Fallacy And Why We Need To Collect Even Bigger Data | TechCrunch.