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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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It is a demonstrably false claim. For a full account of the origin and spread of this Iranian propaganda, readers are invited to The Snowden Hoax: How a Lie Traveled Around the World Before the Truth Could Get Its Boots On.


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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? [on hold]

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 ...
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What is the commonly accepted mechanism that causes people to experience pareidolia?

I often see cases of pareidolia reported in the news, on blogs, and even here. I think remember reading in Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan that this had an evolutionary origin (i.e. if you see a ...
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How many of the facts in an average newspaper article are true?

A while ago there was a study that compared the amount of factual mistakes in Wikipedia to the amount of factual mistakes in Britannica. Are there similar studies that count the average number of ...
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Can we determine the percentage of statistics made up out of thin air?

Comedian Stephen Wright once joked that 42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot. Recently, Arizona Senator and notably stubborn Jon Kyl provided us with the most famous example of just ...
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Do peer-reviewed journals enhance the quality of scientific research?

It's a quite popular claim among scientific communities that real science is that which is published in peer-reviewed journals. However, good science is about theories that can be tested, evidence ...
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Are there any secret scientific researches?

Many times in movies we see a people doing scientific research secretly and have achieved some amazing technologies. Is there any evidence of any such scientific work done very secretly anytime ...
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Is the 'internet charging' described by the WifiEX Indiegogo campaign possible? [closed]

This device can apparently 'charge with internet' at home from my router, then allow me to connect with my phone while I'm out and about. It claims to work on planes and subway trains too. In the ...
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Working my way through the broken English, they don't seem to mean "charging" as with electricity, but rather just using that as an analogy. As far as I can tell, this is how it works You connect the WifiEX device to your home network Through their satellite network, other people connect through your device (and all other such devices currently in "at ...


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Being charitable, it sounds like its some kind of Wifi enabled portable cache. Basically, a dedicated wifi connected drive that handles arbitrary data which it streams back like a raw tcp/ip connection. You fill it up with 10gigs worth of data and then take it on the road. There use of the terms "internet key" and "internet dongle" suggest places like ...


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The argument that the US won the war in Indochina rest on the assessment that the US had accomplished it's strategic goals by 1973 and that South Vietnam and, to a lesser extent, Cambodia were capable of defending themselves against the Soviet and Chinese attacks if provided logistics and air support. We were never going to win the war in Vietnam like we ...


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Doctors don't prescribe marijuana, they recommend it for the patient which is what's required for them to get a marijuana card. While they don't specify the route of administration, it's implicit in the agreement that it's gonna be smoked because that's far and away the main route. Lots of drugs have more severe side effects than smoked marijuana and are ...


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Fukushima is quite a horrific disaster. However, what seems very apparent when looking at the photograph is the white foam as in soap suds. From what I understand, the crew had to decontaminate the deck of the ship and what we are seeing here is the effort to scrub the deck clean of any potential radioactive particles. Snow doesn't foam as the ice ...


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some of the ingredients are reasonably good antiseptics, antibacterial etc. However it is difficult to ensure the concentrations and the composition of these essential oil mixes; it is also unclear what their effects are when combined ( synergistic? antagonistic?); also the companies are actually MLM companies and their products do not need to undergo ...


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The claim is, at best, very poorly stated. No external sources are necessary to prove this. Consider the following quotes from the article: There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world today. Of course not all of them are radicals. The majority of them are peaceful people. The radicals are estimated to be between 15-25% according to all intelligence ...


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The only easy way to "verify" Roman Warm Period temperatures is through proxies. And we need many proxies from many different locations to begin to estimate global temperature as opposed to just the local/regional temperature. Different proxies may also respond to different temperature timescales and variables other than just temperature are typically ...


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Firstly, the suggestion that people have made to direct people back to more ancient dietary habits has a few flaws. The primary flaw is that people in different parts of the world ate very different from each other. In fact, it is likely, but we still need more evidence, that the variations in available nutrients per region allowed the different groups to ...


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I myself reported about drugs in peruvian and egypt mummies in 1995 in the "Magazin für Grenzwissenschaften". Result: There was an intercultural contact between Ancient Egypt and Peru in Southamerica. And in this time period happened much more ... Harald Petrul, Author of "Drugs in mummies"


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In Maxwell's book, he cites that Adidas ad as the source. So far it appears the most likely answer is that it was created by Adidas' marketing people and they used Ali in the ads.


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The big problem with the "lines of code" arguments is they are not relevant to any reality. As an expert programmer and architect, I have spend weeks on 10 lines of code, and written over 1000 in a single day. Assuming you are writing a spell check from scratch (not just googling it where someone else figured it out for you). It could take a while just ...


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you are correct: See two more sources (different ends of the political spectrum) http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/pay-equity-and-discrimination http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117550/gender-pay-gap-and-77-cents-claudia-goldin-says-its-real


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A cold sore is a blister that usually forms around the lips, and is typically caused by one strain of the herpes virus. There are topical applications that will speed healing, but toothpaste isn't one of them. Unfortunately there is currently no cure for herpes. Once you are infected, you are infected for life. Outbreaks of the virus (the formation of a ...


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In the past, Triclosan has been found to reduce the level of bacteria on the skin, as per a set of two 1987 trials, when used after mechanical washing with a bar of soap. Since then, numerous trials have demonstrated that, although it is efficacious in certain situations, the initial conclusions concerning skin infections may have been presumptuous. This ...


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I spent several years auditing physical stocks in a mayor global vehicles manufacturer in Europe. When the credit crunch hit in early ´08 the first step they took was to literally force the dealers to buy huge amounts of new vehicles until the sales network couldn´t take it anymore. By 2010, lots and long-term parking facilities were crowded with unsold ...


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Depends also on what you call art. Funding was provided for movies like Henry V and In Which We Serve, but the primary purpose of movies like those - good as they were - was as propaganda and to boost morale.


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Since weight loss requires consuming fewer calories, it makes little sense to consume more calories to do so. (It goes against the grain, lol). Calorifically, 1 gm of fat contains 9 calories vs 4 cal for 1 g of carbohydrate or protein so consuming equivalent amounts of fat in mass to that of protein or carbohydrate will always result in consuming more than ...