Lets see, big black hole, small galaxy… can you hear the giant sucking sound..
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.
News for Canada and in the UK. Impacts? No doubt quite some debate tonight on the business review shows.
Mark Carney named new Bank of England governor
via Mark Carney named new Bank of England governor.
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.
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.
Following the best part of a decade of uninterrupted growth, the UK consumer credit market is no longer a growth industry. Outstanding unsecured borrowing fell by more than £500 per household over the last year.
via UK consumer credit market hoping to see consumers limit their debt.
Although the UK consumer debt collection market, now valued at approximately £500 million, returned to profit in 2010, margins remain significantly below pre-credit crunch levels with several operators having invested to purchase debt portfolios as a way to secure business for their collections operations.
via UK consumer debt collection market valued at approximately £500 million.
Royal Bank says the cost of home ownership became more affordable in the most recent quarter due to a modest decline in home prices and gains in Canadian household incomes.
via Canadian home affordability rises – Canada – CBC News.
A South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not exist, Australian scientists say.
via BBC News – South Pacific Sandy Island ‘proven not to exist’.
In Britain, only 30% of people regularly use a branch, and half of this group are small businesses that are still reliant on cash.
via BBC News – Viewpoint: The end of high street banking as we know it.
Almost half of Canadians with smartphones would consider using their devices like credit cards to pay for everyday purchases, a poll released Friday suggests.
via Canadians ready to use smartphones like credit… | CityNews.ca.
Canadians parents whose children attend daycare or who are cared for by an extended family member may want to keep close tabs on their kids’ weight, according to a recent study out of Quebec.
via Daycare linked to obesity in kids: study | CityNews.ca.
Does this sound familiar? You’re lying in bed, ostensibly ready for dreamland. But first, you grab your smartphone and set the requisite six alarms all of them blaring the Star Wars theme. But while you’ve got your phone out, you might as well text your buddy back like you meant to. Plus, now is the perfect time to plow through those 11 games of Gems With Friends that have been on hold. Oh, and there was that sloth video you never got around to watching on YouTube. Then, maybe it’s time for bed. But you should probably throw something on Netflix to help you pass out.
via Late-Night Gadget Use Damages Your Sleep Cycle [INFOGRAPHIC].
Is anyone else thinking “Space 1999″…
Astronomers have spotted a “rogue planet” – wandering the cosmos without a star to orbit – 100 light-years away.
via BBC News – ‘Rogue planet’ spotted 100 light-years away.
That storage tank in your basement… the good old water heater… can be a real energy glutton. Lowering the temperature even a little can bring you big energy savings… from 3% to 5% for every 10 degrees!
via Adjust your water heater temperature for energy savings.
Just like home, rice pudding you can slice…
110g/4oz short-grain pudding rice
450ml/¾ pint single cream
450ml/¾ pint full-fat milk
55g/2oz caster sugar
freshly grated nutmeg
1 vanilla pod (optional)
25g/1oz unsalted butter
via BBC – Food – Recipes : Baked creamy rice pudding.
Original recipe makes 8 servings
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 cups milk (I use 2 cups, original recipe is 1 1/4 but is too think)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
via Good Old Fashioned Pancakes Recipe – Allrecipes.com.
Those nights where you can’t fall asleep are terrible. If you find yourself tossing and turning for more than 30 minutes, Psychology Today suggests you get up, move to another room, and relax a bit.
via Lifehacker.com Updates: If Sleep Doesn’t Come Within 30 Minutes, Get Up and Relax In Another Room.
Here’s the scene: a thick, tempestuous atmosphere with winds blowing at a clip of 900 km/h (560 mph); massive storms that would engulf continents here on Earth, and temperatures in the -220 C (-360 degree F) range. Sounds like a cold Hell, but this is the picture emerging of the planet Uranus, revealed in new high-resolution infrared images from the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, exposing in incredible detail the bizarre weather of a planet that was once thought to be rather placid.
via Uranus has Bizarre Weather.