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The Catholic Church approved the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II after a Catholic nun, Marie Simon-Pierre, reported being cured of Parkinson's disease after praying to John Paul II. Wikipedia reports that the validity of the beatification has been criticised on a number of grounds, including a suggestion that the unusual rapidity with which it ...


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The reaction of chlorine gas and water is reversible. That means that stirring chlorinated water will release the chlorine gas into the atmosphere, somehting you'd easily smell.


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Flutterby was (or is) used by children as an expression for butterfly. Dialect Notes, Volume 4 was published by American Dialect Society in 1917. It mentions: Some instances of the transposition of syllables [...] are pillercat for caterpiller and flutterby for butterfly in the usage of children. However, the word for butterfly is not derived from ...


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It depends, at least somewhat, on what you want to define homosexuality as. And even more on how you define choice. During all of recorded history the vast majority of men would of had sex with other men and women [1]. It does not matter what culture we look at, they all seem to consider bi to be the only natural state. And even if you disagree, and find ...


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Is it possible to reliably examine if a girl is a virgin?

Amnesty International wants the Egyptian military to stop the practice of rounding up all the female protesters to investigate if their hymens are unbroken as a virginity check: An Amnesty ...
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Does a column of marching soldiers have to break their rhythm while crossing a bridge to prevent its collapse?

I recently stumbled across this article "Why are soldiers ordered to break their marching steps while crossing a bridge?" (The Times of India) where a claim is made: When soldiers march in three ...
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For xrays It wouldn't make that much difference at swelling is just fluid and radiation can penetrate that pretty easily, the tech would just bump up the exposure a bit if it was super swollen. So you could possibly argue that if it is very swollen you may have to receive a higher radiation dose to acquire a decent image, but the increase would be pretty ...


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What is the average number of legs per human?

Someone told me that the average number of legs in the human population is less than 2, because there are more amputees than those with multiple limbs. I found it odd at the time (a statistics teacher ...
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Preamble: Every claim made in this answer that is expressed in terms that are measurable is supported by available references. I am not aware of any assertions that are not supportable as matters of fact. If there are any I'd welcome them being pointed out so I can improve or remove them. A commentless downvote does not tell me much more than that there are ...


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I think it might be quite credible to imply that outstanding logicians would or could tend towards having serious mental health issues at some point in their lives. A person's state of mind (and categorically, a person's sanity as well) can be considered to be 'floating points' - kept aloft moment to moment, and which can be broken down. This brings into ...


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Is nuclear fusion energy as safe as its proponents claim?

With my limited knowledge of the process of nuclear fusion energy, this seems like one of the most promising methods for producing huge amounts of energy, with relatively very low risk, once ...
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Firstly these items although real are not 5,000 year old. Professor Simpson of the near eastern department of the British museum points out that the original excavation was poorly recorded and that the style of pottery is Sassanian period which is roughly from 220ce to 650ce (BBC article 2003). There was some speculation that the Sassanians who were fine ...


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Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs are mainly phonetic writing system. A phonetic writing system is like English; the pretty pictures don't mean that's what is being described. Even if the ancient Egyptians saw these things and wrote of them, we would have not realistic looking glyphs but a normal hieroglyphic and thus phonetic description. If you were describing ...


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No. There is a general consensus among archeologists that there is not one bit of credible evidence for the Exodus. We know, for instance, through archeology that late Canaanite sites and early Israeli sites have some big differences but also many similarities that suggest societal change, not outside invasion. Turning to the written record, the evidence ...


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John Wilkes Booth did not die at the Garrett farm! How can a dead man write a will nineteen years after his supposed death? Any person that does not accept the 1883 will would have to believe that an imposter wrote it, but it was Ulysses S. Grant that called for an investigation to see if the will was valid. It took thirteen years, but the will was ...


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It is not possible to answer this question as asked because: What do you mean by weather? Rainfall? Temperature? Wind? Where in the world are you talking about - different places have more or less climatic variation. However, just for fun, I downloaded the rainfall data for the Canterbury Racecourse Automatic Weather Station from the Australian Beureau ...


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Do prions qualify as living and, if so, do they argue for a second origin of life? [closed]

Not sure if there's a better Stack Exchange for this, but How could Darwin be sure all life has a common origin triggered this question. As I understand it, prions are pretty much protein-based ...
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Unfortunately, the previous answers take a poorly-worded Newegg product listing as an accurate description of the product, which is a shame. Look closely at the actual product photograph and see that it claims to be an "Electromagnetic radiation detector" which is an accurate description. It appears (from this alternative Amazon listing) to cover a frequency ...


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There never were any snakes in Ireland because Ireland took a long time to thaw out from the Ice Age Britain and the rest of Europe froze out before Ireland and as you know a snake is a reptile and reptiles like the warm climate and the snakes in Britain cant swim to Ireland


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It was stated this was the case in a BBC Documentary in North Korea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSrcLC6Zz54&feature=youtu.be&t=1m46s This is by no means the answer: There may well, however been a translation error that they do not want to turn it off, instead of being unable to. Perhaps even it is only the case with certain (new?) homes in ...


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Apple cider vinegar is full of nutrients like potassium, which helps remove toxins and excess water, iron, calcium and amino acids that reduce toxin buildup and serve as antibiotics. The main ingredient thought to be the most effective in treating and preventing gout is acetic acid. What happens is acetic acid is turned alkaline inside the body forming a pH ...


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All Boeing 777 aircraft use a modular Flight Management Computer (FMC) system. The 777 was designed for software and hardware upgrades in the field, by authorised Licenced Aviation maintenance Engineers (LAME). This allows software and hardware versions to be controlled in much the same way as Microsoft controls upgrades and Service Packs for Windows. The ...


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A doctor from the ABC science website says the following. ...if you drink 200 millilitres of beer, the end result is 200 millilitres of water. But you don't urinate just 200 millilitres of urine. No! You urinate a total of about 320 millilitres of urine. So in general, each shot of alcohol makes you urinate an extra 120 millilitres of urine on ...


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Chi running, which focuses on running form can indeed reduce injuries by virtue of the fact that most running injuries are results of poor running form, too much too soon or overuse. The idea of making contact with the ground with the joints bent so as to reduce the impact on the joints and to leverage the soft tissue of the legs to both absorb the impact ...


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Yes he did , non Muslim christian and Jewish sources also allude to this fact, besides various renowned history books acknowledge his existence. Quoting from a historical source: At that time a certain man from along those same sons of Ismael, whose name was Mahmet [i.e., Mụhammad], a merchant, as if by God's command appeared to them as a preacher ...


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The ADA's stance is overly diplomatic because it is a political entity and not a scientific resource so I wouldn't expect them to provide productive clinical guidance one way or another. Creating well controlled longitudinal studies with a sufficient sample size to evaluate the clinical benefit of a particular oral hygiene regimen is unreasonable and never ...


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Just whey protein consumption by itself won't make you gain muscle. As far as whey is concerned it is a fast moving protein so if the body doesn't have any place to store the incoming whey it is simply burned off for energy. Here's the resource for this info. Muscles growth is based on two factors: Necessity for the muscle tissue to grow. Adequate ...


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Humans definitely can beat dogs and horses in hot weather, due to the fact that they can sweat and standing vertically, they catch less light in hot direct sunlight. You don't need to look far to realise this - humans can easily survive hot temperatures locked in an automobile in hot weather, that would kill a dog.


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Yes, the fluorine atom is present in Prozac, some rat poisons and a range of other things, many of which we use and ingest. Fluorine is also present in Chlorine Trifluoride, which is one of the more entertainingly reactive chemicals that actually get used in industry. It's also in PTFE, which makes your Teflon saucepan non-stick and your Gore-Tex coat ...


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Coal Tar can possibly be effective for a specific type of alopecia due to an immune response in a particular localized region. It is not yet proven to be effective on androgenic alopecia (through DHT blocking) although research is ongoing and its efficacy will not be apparent for a couple months. It also is not for daily use. I suggest researching alopecia ...


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Anything that increases the flow is therefore treated as a positive, even if it is clearly a negative for the society. True. GDP doesn't measure, nor does anyone claim it measures, societal well-being. So, is GDP a flawed measure of progress? It isn't a flawed measure of progress because it isn't a measure of progress. It is a measure of economic ...


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This addresses the second claim. There are 4 types of photoreceptive neurons in your eye. One is the rod, which is sensitive to green but creates a black/white percept (for "scotopic" or night-adjusted vision) and the other 3 are cones with various types of rhodopsin, a receptor that is sensitive to photons. In a normal, unmutated (non-colorblind) person, ...


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This phenomenon is called olfactory adaptation. It basically means that your nose gets adapted to the smell so that you feel like it's not even there. For instance, when you go to the toilet to poop, you don't usually feel the smell and that's because it becomes "normal" for your olfactory system. But when you exit the toilet and reenter in a short period of ...


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It is possible (and quite easily achieved) for a patient to drink so much that he dies, irrevocably. You can be anywhere on the fine gradient between not affected and dead, so yes, I dare say on that basis alone that getting intoxicated to the state of not regaining consciousness during surgery would be conceivable. It should be noted, of course, that no ...


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The info is a blending of truth and fiction. Reflectors do increase the visibility profile of a person who is wearing a best or some other such item. The fiction comes in the inclusion of inattentive and distracted drivers. Imagine being run over by a truck while jogging on a road, while you are wearing the best and clothing with reflective materials. The ...


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I suspect it's all a matter of chance. The business section in Sydney's Sunday Herald newspaper has a feature where a number of different people pick their share portfolios, and week by week the paper follows their performance. The "contestants" include share analysts, financial advisors, sports people, etc, as well as an astrologer (Doreen Daze) and a ...


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I will answer "probably". As has only recently become clear through archaeology, there was a very significant bronze age civilization called Tartessos that was likely the prototype for the Atlantean story. This civilization, linked to the Phoenicians, had a virtual monopoly on tin, the critical ingredient in bronze, essentially giving them a basis for a ...


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There are artificial (man-made) engineered viruses but, by and large, viruses are natural, pre-dating humans by eons: The Origins of Viruses


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The real answer is that the greater IQ dispersion is in school, as adults men dominate by about 5 IQ points across the entire spectrum. http://www.iqcomparisonsite.com/sexdifferences.aspx


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I wasn't able to find any studies that would back up this claim. I did find a compelling refutation of the claim: They’re claiming that certain blenders "unlock" nutrients that your body couldn't get otherwise—a claim that nutritionist Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet, says simply isn't true. "It's just a marketing ploy to get you to ...


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Nate Silver is wrong on exit polls. In my own blog article, A Reply to Nate Silvers: Ten Reasons why you should ignore exit polls, I write: The Signal is the 52-42% Democratic lead in the 1988-2008 unadjusted presidential state and national exit polls. The Noise is the media propaganda that the Democrats won by 48-46% as shown in the published adjusted ...


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Snopes has an article regarding a story told by Lucille Ball of just such a thing happening to her personally. It's listed as 'undetermined' but does seem somewhat plausable. The filling would basically need to function much like a Diode (possible due to dissimilar metals which can form a junction similar to a semiconductor), and the transmission would ...


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Violent crime was decreasing in Australia at a stesdy rate before the gun laws. After the gun laws, gun crime rise markedly for 8 years, then returned to following the previous general trend. The rate of violent crime was falling before the laws, and the rate of its decline is now steady again. Some argue it was a heroine drought that caused the spike post ...


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Natural vs "Artificial" All vaccines contain the same components as a "natural" infection, immunologically speaking: either a virus (killed or weakened); or a weakened bacterial toxin (toxoid); or the antigen-bearing part of the virus/bacterium (subunit); or a poor antigen attached to a carrier protein (conjugate). This is because of the way the immune ...


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Here's a very straightforward reference: The French penal law. Specifically, Article 113-2 makes this law applicable to the full territory of the French republic. And of course it does not employ that thieves get their hands cut off etc. (cf. Article 131). As a consequence the French state must act against any attempts to install islamic law.


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Today (and I assume every day recently) a CNN news anchor explicitly said their policy is not to offend any single religion AND they are concerned about the safety of their staff in Paris.


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I'm a former elevator technician who has maintained and installed elevators to European standards. I can answer about the intent (which is categorically a NO, there is no malign conspiracy to fit a non-operational door close button) and then what goes on in practice (whether this will be considered acceptable or 'based on experience' I'm not sure, but I've ...


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No. Registering to vote is a very simple matter. Buying a gun can be simple, but is usually much more involved and involves much more law. There is also a considerable expense in acquiring a gun. Registering to vote is always free. Registering to vote can be done extremely easily online, at voter registration election offices, at the department of motor ...


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Your friend suggests fasting is a way of flushing toxins. This indicates an assumption that: a) your body is full of toxins, and b) flushing them would be beneficial. This reminded me of a skeptoid episode which addresses the detoxification myth, in all its forms: http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4083 ... though I don't know that fasting is specifically called ...


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Yes Green tea helps in dental hygiene because green tea has antibacterial properties that stops growth of bacteria and prevents teeth decay. Here is the reference. http://healthynews24.com/health-benefits-of-green-tea-may-not-know/