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One of the studies I have found at Pubmed, suggests that there is a gain from taking such supplements and lists the type and levels they used to get a statistical different result from placebo. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24195702 By typing BCAA in muscle growth recovery into the search bar on their site, you can get many other studies on the effect ...


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Was Donald Harden the Zodiac killer?

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who killed four people from 1968-1969, and possibly more. He sent numerous letters containing ciphers. The first cipher was cracked by Bettye and her husband ...
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Kurt Cobain died in '94, and this song was written in '92 or '93. But there is NO WAY Kurt could have sang this song, because it didnt come out until it was released in 1997 first in February and then again in October. Sex and Candy is Marcy Playground. As someone else mentioned all the times that Nirvana is mentioned as who sang it, it is an error. I was 15 ...


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pthalates and BPA, both proven carcinogens, are both ingredients of food-grade, microwave-safe plastic food storage containers (same source). Experiments done in the 1990's that even at room temperature, plastics aren't inert — they leach into the materials they contain in tiny amounts, but enough to act as hormone mimics. If you heat such a food container, ...


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I decided the answer was yes when I found out that the times on a stop light are tuned to the posted speed limit. http://www.signaltiming.com/The_Signal_Timing_Manual_08082008.pdf


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The design of the symbol itself has been described in great detail, up to the color palette.[1] However, font designers have made it clear that they were going to design their own variants,[2] and they did[3], and I could find no records of any font designer having ever been sued over the (mis)representation of a currency symbol. Since font designers ...


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Can Chinese people read the literature of 2,500 years ago as easily as yesterday's newspapers

Bill Bryson in his book The Mother Tongue: English And How It Got That Way, on page 110, writes: An equally useful advantage of written Chinese is that people can read the literature of 2,500 ...
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No and here is why. The conservation of mass has already been mentioned. Because we are dealing with chemical processes, mass-energy conversion is completely neglible. It means that if you put someone in a glass chamber, seal it (it's big enough, so no problem breathing) and measure the mass (normally only by weight, so no moving inside) it will always ...


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Israel has since banned water fluoridation. World studies since have shown that fluoridation has no impact on the improvement in dental health. And...... recent studies are showing that essentially all fluoride added to municipal water is contaminated with arsenic, etc. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24999851


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Dolphins have been documented to have killed for fun. Cracked: The 6 Biggest Assholes in the Animal Kingdom


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Lichenometric constraints on the age of the Huashan Grottoes, East China


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I've heard similar stories told about mathematicians writing a theorem on taxicabs during a cross town trip, and leaving the cab. Little doubt this kind of thing is a staple of the "absent minded professor" trope. The anecdote I was thinking of is from Alfred Bester's "The Men Who Murdered Mohammed" in 1958 They were also real mad professors. Ampère, ...


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According to common sense, the hair is a dead cell with no nerves. The brain / body couldn't possibly know whether the hair is there or not. Therefore, the body cannot respond to trimming because it can never know it occured. That is unless you pull the root of the hair, which isn't what happens when shaving. So the answer is no, hair growth cannot be ...


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As far as I know, human growth is an hormonal regulated process. So taking some hormons would allow one to grow "forever". Actualy, Robert Wadlow the tallest man in guiness records was a man who continued growth in adulthood were due to hyperplasia of his pituitary gland, which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. Also, stretching ...


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Color and light perception is based on the biological structure of receptors (cones and rods) in the eye. There are some people who have different types of receptors, either fewer (we call this "color-blindness", but it doesn't prevent perception of all colors) or more (some people have extra cones that help them distinguish hues more distinctly). But this ...


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You can think of the seven colors as being nodes in the spectrum of visible light, those which are striking enough for human beings (at least English-speaking ones) to have assigned names. There are other colors, of course, even named ones, but those stand apart from the familiar named colors of the spectrum. The rest of the gradations are continuous tones ...


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Do Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian kids? [closed]

My Arabian friend showed me a video of a child getting shot. He also gave me some links after a quick search: The Independent: I watched an Israeli soldier shoot dead my two little girls Just Read ...
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The human eye sees red when it looks at light with a wavelength between 620 and 740 nanometers Which is on the low range section of the electromagnetic spectrum, just before infrared. Its interesting because some mammals have dichromacy which means they cant distinguish red and green. For instance , bulls cannot see the colour red of the matadors cape. ...


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The claim that HIV causes AIDS is based on the belief that HIV causes AIDS by killing the CD4+ T cells directly or indirectly after long incubation times (about 10 years), and the number of these cells will reach very low levels (<300/ µL) which leads to severe immune deficiency. People who have severe immune deficiency usually suffer from viral ...


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Does reading about cognitive biases improve reasoning?

Is there scientific evidence that people who read a list of cognitive biases in a psychology book or in Wikipedia improve their reasoning abilities. Is there evidence that they will less likely fall ...
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Any damage to cells ( sharp knife or not )is going to release lysosomes from the damaged cells. these enzymes are designed to clean up dead or damaged cells. Exposure to oxygen from the air can start the break down of cell products ( hence apples and potatoes going brown when cut). Vitamins were not discovered for a long time because the body requires such ...


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While there is a certain level of typing efficiency that is required to actually get work done, many would say that thinking about proper design is much more important, especially in more concise languages. A rather popular talk on the subject is Rich Hickey's "Hammock Driven Design" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f84n5oFoZBc) in this talk he advocates a ...


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It is possible to taste the difference between one drug and another. But that implies they have tasted these different drugs in the past. So the cops in the movies would have to be drug users. When it comes to quality, you can also rougly estimate how strong/weak the drug is (just like with alcohol), but again you 'd have to have a bit of experience. The ...


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I have just posted on my personal blog a critique on this subject, with the title "Do heavy drinkers really outlive non-drinkers?". All those who have performed research in this area appear to have erred in designing the experiment. As such, the findings appear to be incomplete, in that the comparison has been made between drinkers (of alcoholic ...


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For what it's worth, here's earnings data for graduates of law-related fields: And here's the same for "health-related" graduates which appears to mostly concern nurses: "Biology and Life Sciences" appears to mostly concern research biologists than MDs, so I omitted that. The data is coming from "What’s it Worth?: The Economic Value of College Majors", ...


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Humans have an associative mind. Any particular sensory input has an influence on the state of mind which is determined by memories. Whenever an individual's mind has the experience of yellow, memories of temporal coincidences of a mood or more generally a state associated with that experience will influence the state of mind. If not for the color yellow, ...


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No, its just pheromones. The human body secretes increase pheromones on the feet, the anus, virgina on a lady and our mouths. Any of these locations on a human are subjects of physical attraction via our hidden chemical language. In other words, it's totally normal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pheromone ...


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We make knives in British Columbia and have done our own testing of high end modern stainless steels and their ability to resist corrosive chemicals. The knife maker community agrees: these high carbon stainless steels (we use CPM S35VN) are stain resistant, not stain proof. For example, we wrapped a blade in a paper towel soaked with salt water overnight ...


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It is correct, ottoman sultans killed their rival after sultan mehmed. Muslim scholars still today say these killings fair, even some of them babies. I am Turkish :) and we have learn to be objective , I hope one day


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What is the latest scientific consensus on megadoses of Vitamin C?

Vitamin C megadoses were first championed by extraordinary chemist and physicist Linus Pauling, I believe, and as prescription for good health they gained by association with him. I have read ...
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If we look at that claim, how does it come that people believe it? Mainstream media frequently runs headlines that make it seem like the cancer cure is found. The fact that those headline exist don't make it easy to understand why we still haven't solved cancer. There are a bunch of reasons for the current state of affairs: 1) Some of those headline ...


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Indeed there was a celebrated cancer cure - right at California. A group of 128 (About that number) of Terminally ill cancer patients were cured by this doctor and the California doctor's association gave two celebration dinners to acknowledge this very important - but very in-expensive, safe and nil side effects treatment , way back in the 1920s. Of ...


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The twitter account which supports Islamic state news has released a document which states that this and many other news reports spread by Iraqi officials were false, and implies that the Iraqi government intended that the reports should bring America into the war. The document includes tweets from an independent investigator which concur that reports of ...


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The universal donor / recipient paradigm is correct. The reason that it isn't always done this way is because hospitals cannot stock enough O negative blood to give it to everyone who needs it. It is true (with very few exceptions) that people with type AB blood can receive ANY blood type and Rh factor. The universal donor type is O NEGATIVE, not just O. ...


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田原坊 「松島や さて松島や 松島や」 松尾芭蕉が『奥の細道』で松島を訪れた際に、あまりに絶景なので句が浮かばず、「松島や ああ松島や 松島や」という句を詠んだという逸話があるが、実際は後世の狂歌師の田原坊の作とされる。ただし、その場で句が思い浮かばなかったのは事実らしい。また別の説では、句は詠んだが景色に釣り合うよいものができなかったともいわれる。なお、小説家の司馬遼太郎は、紀行集『街道をゆく』「仙台・石巻」にて、「松島や ああ松島や 松島や」の句が芭蕉作として松島の看板などの観光資料に記されていることに対し、松島の観光関係者を批判している。 According to the above, Matsuo Basho did in fact visit Matsushima on his trip to ...


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It's true that what is valid for packed red blood cell concentrates is not always valid for whole blood. However, if you want a practical real-life answer, we actually do keep O- packed red blood cell concentrates as an emergency decentralized reserve in operating theaters and emergency departments. So in summary: O negative is a universal donor in ...


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There is not one case in which a prisoner was executed where it is clear that the prisoner was not a communist. The full quote makes more sense as it qualifies Justice Scalia's assertion. But still, the fallacy that asks the question in the first place is naive. Are there instances where a man was executed and then later cleared of the charges? Absolutely, ...


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Who fired the rocket that hit al-Shifa Hospital and playground in Gaza on July 28, 2014?

There are conflicting claims of who was responsible for a rocket attack on an outpatient clinic at the al-Shifa hospital and a nearby playground in Gaza on July 28, 2014 The Israeli Defence Force ...
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Can the explosion of a pressure cooker kill you?

According to this XKCD what-if?, the explosion of a pressure cooker is not dangerous in itself, the heat is the sole danger. They can explode, in a sense, but not as violently as you might fear ...
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People who smoke marijuana do not usually smoke it in rolled up cigarette papers. It's extremely wasteful, and cost-ineffective. A joint is usually rolled occasionally and usually as a social sharing with 3 or more people. A cigarette contains a gram of tobacco (sprayed with a plethora of carcinogenic chemicals). A joint is rarely bigger than .5g - and ...


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ICD-10 conversion is not like Y2K at all. Y2K was a national scare that something might happen to computer programs when the millenium changed. ICD9 to ICD10 is a conversion of codes that relate to the real changes that must occur from time to time in standard descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures. T2K was an uproard about possible malfunctions ...


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Rather old quote: This is obviously some strange usage of the word "safe" that I hadn't previously been aware of. Arguments about lightning vs. glass notwithstanding, storms are violent things and glass is both the most fragile thing in your house and the most dangerous when it breaks. Sofas, for example, do not turn into meter-long knives falling off ...


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This article from April says the man in the center is Alexander Mucharev, photo is allegedly from his private archive. http://www.sovsekretno.ru/articles/id/4068/


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I attended UCLA during the late 1960s and continued working there during the early 1970s. There was a stretch during that period in which Stravinsky was living in Beverly Hills, I know as I was invited to his house on one occasion. He gave a few talks at the university while he was there, only one of which I heard, held in Royce Hall. I don't recall the ...


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Fact: The UK generated 19.6 TWh of wind energy in 2013 Renewable Energy Report Fact: The UK built some odd 16 TWh of capacity in 2013, and has built a total of about 92 TWh of total capacity to date GWEC Fact: The UK is a leader of offshore wind energy, with five of the eight largest farms in the world feeding the UK, with a total combined capacity of ...


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Does or did Russia support the Donbass People's Militia? [closed]

Many (western) sources claim that Putin (actively) supports the rebels in eastern Ukraine, more specifically the Donbass People's Militia. For example, BBC News writes: Russia was obviously ...
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There's three parts to this question, which I'll address individually: Can the administrator of a Bitcoin exchange arbitrarily change the exchange rate? Certainly. The exchange software is just software, with all the potential for bugs, easter eggs, back doors, and so on that software is prone to. It would be trivial to add a "Set exchange rate" function ...


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First of all what is lightning? Lightning is a massive electrostatic discharge between the electrically charged regions within clouds or between a cloud and the surface of a planet. For lightning strikes that hit the earth, usually highly negatively charged clouds release a lot of negatively charged electrons that flow to the earth. Normal air is a ...


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Just as you said, "Prolonged, continuous exposure to blue light may be enough to damage a person's retina." This has been confirmed by professional study and tested with special spectractor. Watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmUebEu3GzE), it shows that computer screen emits a large amount of the blue light. And i bought the recommended T'aime ...


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Does the IRS claim that 7 out of 7 specific hard-drives crashed in a single month?

A post relating to a political issue is going around saying it is astronomically unlikely that 7 hard drives would crash in the same month, specifically: The odds of a disk drive failing in any ...