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If we accept Ed Hooper's book "The River" (see Answer 1) as the statement of the OPV-AIDS hypothesis then the hypothesis included the possibility that the virus was introduced into the vaccine in Africa. Hooper has, after "The River", presented interviews, records of practices and journal articles that provide evidence that the vaccine was amplified in the ...


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It depends on what aspect of the question you are focusing on. Did the USA create ISIS? Largely, yes, they did. Did the USA create ISIS for the purpose of creating chaos? No, not at all. They created ISIS out of sheer incompetence and lack of foresight. By removing Saddam, the USA created a power vacuum and eliminated a regional power that was working ...


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No. they don't. First, they hymen is more like a donut shape than a trampoline. The vaginal canal is still accessible while it's intact. This allows menses to occur in virginal women. Some women have very fragile hymens that can be lost during childhood play. Such girls should not be bleeding during first sex. Some women can grow back their hymen and ...


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There is at the moment absolutely no scientific basis for the claim that earth is 6000 years old. Same goes for 3000, 30000, 25000, and even few hundred millions. All knowledge and research point to the number given here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_Earth


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It's a matter of understanding how a mean is computed. You can read whole books from Nassim Nicholas Taleb (among others) like "fooled by randomness" or "black swan" to understand why those mean calculations are counter-intuitive for our mind. But we can also start with wikipedia on "life expectancy", especially "Variation over time" paragraph: Life ...


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This addresses the third question, which was about the recall of any drugs that had been misrepresented by company-sponsored research. Paroxetine has not been recalled, but calls for the retraction from the scientific record of its maker's clinical trials with adolescent subjects have yet to cease. The FDA warns of serious side effects including suicide that ...


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There are two parts to this book's statement: 1) That nights with a full moon are colder [than those without] 2) That cold temperature increases hydrogen peroxide formation in dew. For the first part, this stack exchange page addresses the issue of the moon's affect on the weather (summary: negligible): ...


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Face reading is considered Pseudoscience and has no accepted modern studies. It has gone in and out of favor over the course of history, with its emergence in Greek society and a resurgence in the 15th and 16th century society in Europe, and is still investigated by few psychologists today. This study http://personal.lse.ac.uk/Kanazawa/pdfs/I2011.pdf by ...


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Your friend mentioned only what you eat. In theory, a given mass of food could be converted into body tissue which contains a larger ratio of water to solids, causing, with the addition of sufficient water, a gain in body mass greater than the mass of the food. But if this actually happens with any kind of food, it would likely be dry foods, not something ...


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The answer is yes, it can happen after death, but only SHORTLY after death. This is due to the contracting and expanding of the related muscles, which do not necessarily "shut down" immediately after death. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatulence Two or three hours after death, rigor mortis sets in. This is a chemical stiffening of the muscles that ...


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The big problem is with this sort of discussion is that the claims of curative powers are, at best, a stretch! I used to be active with the marketing company for this product. I left due to reasons unrelated to this specific product. The reall issue that most people cannot seem to get about a herbal supplement product like intra and others, is that it does ...


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It's been a while since I've taken a Swiss train, but ever since then I've been interested in the Swiss Railway Clocks, which both look cool and have an unusual motion. Wikipedia explains that "trains in Switzerland always leave the station on the full minute", which has been synchronized throughout the country since the 1940s. ...


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Myosin transports vesicles only through short distances, while the vesicles transported by kinesin do a longer journey. Kinesin and dynein (I think that was the name in English) are two different proteins that transport vesicles along microtubules. What we can see in the picture is a microtubule - it consists of 13 "filaments" attached to each other, ...


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Not only the Puritans, but many Protestant sects banned Christmas during this era. They had some logical reasons: December 25 is obviously not Jesus' actual birthday. The Puritans knew that there was no historical evidence for this. As the atheist billboard that recently caused a fuss in North Carolina points out, there is no need to go to church to prove ...


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Yes they absolutely did. I know this because I've been in several of them. However it was only in the most dangerous places - the criticality labs, where there was enough nuclear materials that, if mishandled, they could generate a fatal radiation dose in a matter of seconds. Most nuclear power stations would not have had a criticality lab and hence not an ...


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First of all, peanuts are not actually nuts, they're legumes, so they're related to beans, not walnuts, hazelnuts, and other types of "real" nuts. Over the last decade, the number of peanut allergies has doubled. The reason for that isn't clear, but there's something going on. Most peanuts contain aflatoxin, created by mold that forms when crops like ...


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The sound you are referring to is called borborygmus. There are lots of causes for borborygmi, as you can imagine, anytime the bowels and digestive tract are working, they are bound to produce noise. In actuality, for a "perfectly healthy" person borborygmi are mainly caused by digestion and hunger. Further, the ones caused by digestion can, for the most ...


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Islam uses a lunar calendar (i.e. they didn't have a reliable year based on the sun's apparent motion). Maybe because seasons are less obvious nearer the equator, unlike at stonehenge etc. Or maybe they were just dim. Maybe this is what is meant; early religions are mired in obscurity. but note that 'Methuselah lived 900 years' may have been based on ...


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After many edits for clarification, the title in the question can be answered succinctly: Did global warming exacerbate the Syrian conflict? Almost certainly Syrian demographics took a sharp turn in 2005-2007 as drought pushed a lot of the rural communities into cities. Now, we have overflowing cities and less food in them. This was known at the time, ...


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For your first question, Did Turkey actually warn the Russians? And if so, how was it that Turkey warned Russia for a full five minute if the plane was in Turkish airspace for only 17 seconds, at most? Turkey explained this in its statement to the UN Security Council This morning (24 November) 2 SU-24 planes, the nationality of which are unknown ...


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I fear the first two people you quoted do not understand chemistry. Free radicals are not electrically charged, they have a reactive unpaired electron. This is different from an ion, which has a net charge by having more or less electrons than the neutral molecule. Free radicals do not pick up free electrons by conduction, they either react with other ...


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So naturally genealogy is a very complex field, very active research, and things are being refuted all the time. The problems seem to become more complex the more we know about it, so it might still be some time before you can "choose" the eye color of your offspring. A quick google search reveals on Wikipedia "So far, as many as 15 genes have been ...


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The research on nutritional causes of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bi-polar and more, was continued by William Walsh. His science is incomplete (and he acknowledges this himself) in that it didn't include more formal forms of testing (i.e. randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled). However, it is in-depth in that he developed a ...


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High fiber foods, such as these Fiber One bars, are known to cause excess gas and other intestinal issues. The gas you and others may experience from eating these bars could be due to the high amounts of fiber in each bar. You can read the side of the box, via that Amazon link, to see how much fiber is in each bar (35% DV). In addition, chicory root is a ...


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Did a Muslim security guard stop the French stadium bombing? [closed]

I have been seeing many reports of people claiming that a French Muslim security guard named "Zouheir" stopped a suicide bomber from entering the stadium where a Germany vs France football match was ...
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This 45 minute concentration is based on studying. On the process of learning new information. Yes times may vary but this is what has been studied mainly on college students. For those who have jobs that require long hours of concentration is because it is already learned. All you are doing is recalling information. For best results what I usually do is ...


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If water gets in the wires it can play havoc with even plain old 56k modems, let alone ADSL modems. I grew up in a dry climate, there were certain systems that couldn't even support a 2400 baud connect in rainy weather. We yelled and yelled at the phone company but by the time their repair guy looked at things the wires had dried out and the problem was ...


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Is there a “cyber war”?

I've been extremely sceptical of this new concept of a cyber war. That is, a malicious country or organisation could attack another country by bringing down their network through, say a DDoS or a well ...
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Lawn umbrella as a parachute?

Just saw in a movie, a guy jumped off a building using a lawn umbrella as a parachute. Would that work in reality?
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Would the approach of destroying an asteroid in the film “Armageddon” prevent a global catastrophe?

In the 1998 film Armageddon a group of oil rig workers lead by Bruce Willis are tasked with preventing a large asteroid from colliding with the Earth and wiping out civilization. They succeed by ...
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26 thousand users of Facebook list their location as Greenland

Recently, according to this map 25 680 users of Facebook list their location as Greenland. 26 000 is about half of the number of inhabitants of Greenland. If these data are reliable it says that there ...
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Virtually every statement in the so-called "supporting" documentation that contraception causes divorce/infidelity engages in logical fallacy, or misinterpretation/misreading of statistics, or both. Thus, while we can't definitively rule out that contraception causes divorce, we have to, based on the evidence presented, find contraception to be utterly ...


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First post in this group. Generally any lithium battery is rather dangerous. My experience stems from drone flight (lipos mostly), reasonable travel (airplane) and research to keep things safe. Regarding "explode", that is a little hyperbolic. There is not really a "boom", more like a fizz that turns into a fire and possibly a jet of flame. Explosions are ...


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The answer to the question "Did WTVT reporters lose their case because there is no law making it illegal for a news outlet to lie to the public?" is yes. This is why the courts did not view Akre and Wilson as whistleblowers. Please see the reference. Under #1 you'll see "Disclosed, or threatened to disclose, to any appropriate governmental agency, under ...


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Let's see if I can get my high school maths right. With simple interest, the formula is simple. If you borrow $100, at 6% per annum simple interest for half of a year, you must pay back: $100 * (6/100 * 1/2 year) = $3 interest, plus the original $100 principal. But, if you borrow with compound interest, then you have to pay interest on the unpaid ...


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It's important to differentiate between Hamas and its Islamic Brotherhood precursors. Hamas itself was founded in 1988, and launched its first major attack in 1989, when Israel cracked down on the organization and arrested many of it's members, including Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Thus, Hamas itself did not receive any passive support from Israel (and if it did ...


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The other answer addressed how the article was misleading and that the "fasting" mentioned was not actually going completely without food and water for the whole time. I'm going to address the question as asked though: Can you live nine days without food, water, and sleep? Short answer: No Long answer: Let's break the three parts up. First, and easiest, ...


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The claim is essentially correct -- tens of millions of Orthodox Christians died of political violence in the 20th century. However, everything that Mr. Serfes tries to imply by making that claim is basically wrong. Complications First, it's hard to be more precise about the claim because Mr. Serfes' essay loaded with so much hyperbole that his claim is ...


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I'm romanian so I have a bit of knowledge on the subject. The problem is more complex in Romania but not limited to the 20'th century. Before the unification of the country orthodox christians in the Transylvania region(north-west) were forced to accept the catholic religion, but were allowed to keep the rituals and were called greek-catholic or "united ...


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Languages have been divided from Group I to Group IV based on their complexity of learning by students through ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Ratings. It takes about 16 weeks (480 hours) to reach a minimal aptitude of intermediate High while using the training offered by LTI for Group I languages. Referring to Richard O Cowan on the Missionary ...


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IPv6 has 2^128 distinct adresses. As noted by Thomas O. this is more than enough for all grains of sand. Indeed, as one of the comments notes it's enough to give an IPv4 sized subnet to each grain of sand. However that is not the complete story. IPv6 is not just IPv4 with a larger adress space. It's a different protocol intended to be used in a ...


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Is mathematical modelling of investment markets a “science”? [closed]

A relative of mine works for a big bank (of bailout fame) in the investment division. We had a discussion where he claimed that what he does is actually a science. Me being an engineer called baloney ...
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According to wikipedia and the sources cited there, yes they did. And yes it worked. Urine contains urea, which decomposes into ammonia, which is a modern day cleaner, and is even used in lots of toothpaste. It seems to be used more as a whitener than a cleaning agent. The Roman poet Catullus wrote of it. People are still using it in rare cases. Here's ...


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Yes there is evidence outside the Bible. Check out the writings from the Greek writer Phlegon who wrote: "In the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad, there was an eclipse of the Sun which was greater than any known before and in the sixth hour of the day it became night; so that stars appeared in the heaven; and a great Earthquake that broke out in Bithynia ...


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A few years ago I have seen a presentation by Mark Benecke, a forensic biologist, here in Cologne (Germany). He was among the scientists who took the DNA samples from the skull. According to him, the fragments had been touched by everyone in the Russian institute, so the DNA could have been from one of the scientists in the lab. The presentation is not ...


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The question is whether the bottleneck in comprehending information isn't in saccades, as the Slate article suggests, but in processing that information. If speed reading is a skill that relies on efficiency of eye movement, these benefits can be replicated pretty easily by presenting words in different ways. Spritz, a speed reading app, got a bunch of ...


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I looked this up and this is what I found (with statements from multiple doctors and health experts to back up the preceding article and all it's information-including the Q&A section): http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/water.html The information is all presented very clearly.


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I just read a report on this at welt.de (a respected German newspaper) so it appears to contain some truth. (http://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article147154375/Wenn-Gemeinden-Fluechtlinge-gutgeschrieben-werden.html) The woman has lived in the apartment for 23 years and has been offered alternative but smaller accommodation. The apartment is rented ...


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I've edited my answer with a few more links. They're all German, so I didn't cite them earlier. The subject line was: Have German citizens been evicted to make room for refugees? The citizenship of a tenant shouldn't matter here. The question should be if a legal tenant has been evicted to make room for refugees. The question strongly implies that ...


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Since the claim is being put in simple terms, I'll attempt to provide an answer in simple terms. A household has a fixed monthly income. No matter how much you cut back on your expenditure, you get paid the same wage every month. If you spend a lot more than you earn there is little prospect of you being able to pay it back, because your wages won't rise ...