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Do solar flares and/or geomagnetic storms affect human health?

I've read recently that magnetic storms cause: "heart failure, heart attack, strokes and insomnia". This comes from major newspaper in Lithuania (EU country), here is the link to the article (in ...
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Do prions qualify as living and, if so, do they argue for a second origin of life? [on hold]

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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Is “Foot Fetish” caused by cross-wiring in the brain?

Definition: Foot fetishism, foot partialism, foot worship, or podophilia is a pronounced sexual interest in feet. For a foot fetishist, points of attraction include the shape and size of the foot and ...
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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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Do antipsychotics have persistent negative effects on the brain?

I've found many web-sites that warn against anti-psychotics. But antipsychotic treatment has a negative impact on the brain, so … we must get the word out that they should be used with great care, ...
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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. I doubt anyone will read it but it's fun to bring up the old neurobiology knowledge every once in a while In terms of neurobiology, you have 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 ...


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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/


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Most sources consider it a helpful exercise for continence (and possibly potency): http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/mens-health/in-depth/kegel-exercises-for-men/art-20045074 http://www.simonfoundation.org/About_Incontinence_Treatment_Options_Kegels_for_Men.html http://urology.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=524 ...


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On the contrary, several studies say that increasing salt intake increases the reactivity of the body to histamine, and may worsen asthma: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1833904/?page=1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1679339/?page=1 Although another study questioned this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC475179/ But ...


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Yes the swastika was an ancient symbol, and a Slavic symbol before ww2, its found through out Europe, and Asia, for thousands of years, it has been seen as pagan symbol for light in eastern European countries. it was then usurped by Christianity, and seen on churches again, throughout Europe. In Armenia, which is a proto-indo-European country, the swastika ...


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Here is an other theory to explain the phenomenon. I actually don't know if there is any evidence to back it up as I didn't found much on this "leisure sickness". The idea actually came to me by reading this article on immune system ...


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The human immune system needs exposure to antigens (external organism that have entered the body) in order to function properly. The danger of using hand sanitizers excessively (especially in young children) is that the immune system does not get to experience as many antigens as it would without the use of sanitizer. A simple graphic illustrates how the ...


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It is known that STRESS is the cause of up to 70% of diseases... "Even back in 1980, scientists reported that cool-white fluorescent lighting produced increased levels of the stress-producing hormones ACTH and cortisol" . . . these are major stress hormones that when the body is busy producing these it is unable to produce, in proper balance, other hormones ...


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“all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really” can be parsed in two ways; as a question about the level of intelligence ie. how high IQ-score... or as a question about the type of intelligence ie. more a matter of skill. Most will probably think of it as a question about ...


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Did stone age people have an income of slightly below [USD]2[] a day? No. "Income" is an anachronistic way to deal with hunter-gatherer or settled resource extraction or early agricultural people. Income is concept that relates to accounted earnings, which develop in antiquity and medieval times, but most strongly in early modernity with the birth of ...


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I was a manager for KFC for a few years. They fly all managers down for training in Kentucky and we all hear the history of KFC. Long story short: He developed the recipe on his own while caring and cooking for siblings when his mother joined the workforce after the death of his father during the depression. Fast forward to 1930 when he was working out ...


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There are two elements to this field of study: The first type of feeling of being watched is called the psychic staring effect (scopaesthesia). a supposed phenomenon in which humans detect being stared at by extrasensory means. The idea was first explored by psychologist Edward B. Titchener in 1898 during a series of laboratory experiments that found ...


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The witness testimonies are mixed as to whether his arms were up. Apart from those witness testimonies there's forensic evidence, which includes the medical examiner's report, which describes (among other things) the entry and exit of gunshot wounds to the arm, as follows: There is a gunshot wound of the upper ventral right arm. There is a gunshot exit ...


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There is another case that might be confusing the issue here: Living organisms are sometimes carbon-dated and generally return non-current ages when this is done. Multiple times I have seen examples of this used as creationist "evidence" that C-14 dates are unreliable when in reality it's nothing of the kind. What happens is that the creature being dated ...


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Calcification's effect on water heater efficiency depends on the design of the water heater and the type of calcification. The question referred specifically to electric water heaters, however, some of the links were referring to gas water heaters. In a gas water heater, the burner is usually located under and outside of the tank and heats a heat exchanger ...