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How did Yasser Arafat die?

Adrian Bloomfield has written, in The Telegraph in July 2012: Many theories have been advanced in the past for the cause of Arafat's death, and his case notes – which are alleged to show that he ...
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Does or did Russia support the Donbass People's Militia?

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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Did Israel steal Palestinian lands?

To prevent confusion, stealing is defined in this question as: take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it. Being in Middle Eastern country, ...
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Did the ballet/orchestral work 'The Rite of Spring' provoke a riot?

I took this from a newspaper article in the telegraph. It is often said that The Rite of Spring are what caused the outrage, but pulsating rhythms at least have an appeal at a visceral level (an ...
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Do animals commit suicide?

I've done some Googling and only found case stories without any scientific backup. Most of the case reports about animal suicide online can by easily debunked by logical reasoning. For example there ...
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Did Snowden reveal that ISIS is a USA-Israel tactic?

This reports claims regarding ISIS which evolved since 2003 assuming erstwhile names like ISI,ISIS and now IS: The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has ...
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Was MH17 shot down?

The news, the Internet and various governments treat it like a given fact that MH17 has been shot down. On basis of what evidence? I can't seem to find any - only things like "without going into ...
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Timestamps are not a good source of information unless you are really sure where they come from. They are set using the system time of the computer creating the file, which might, for example, be set incorrectly; or the program might make a mistake when creating them or writing them to the file. For a quick demonstration of why timestamps are not reliable, I ...


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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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Undoubtably, the largest six months drop in unemployment in US history occurred in the first six-months of 1942 when, after still recovering from the Great Depression, everyone who could work at all suddenly got a job whether they wanted one or not.


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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 ...


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In my experience as an assistant for a watermelon farmer, I must testify to the verity of this method at least as an approximate indicator of ripeness. The basic notion is that a higher concentration of sugar in a watermelon reflects a density which corresponds to a duller tone when thumped than a greener melon with less sugar - showing its maturity. ...


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Yes, World Trade Center building 7 fell due to controlled demolition, there are many reasons why we can expect this to be so. 1.) Free fall speed was achieved after global collapse was initiated, indicating complete failure of all support structure. This is an important point because it proves without any doubt that the failure of the central column could ...


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Do ghosts exist?

Ghost themed shows and ghost tours in some cities probably make ghost-related entertainment products a multi-million dollar industry. A ghost is supposedly the spirit of a deceased person who rises ...
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Do evil twins exist?

I've heard it said more than once that everyone has an evil twin out there somwhere. By "evil twin" I mean someone who is non-genetically related but bears a striking, (I realize that term is ...
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There are two parts to consider here: silencing the report (exhaust) of the gun itself and silencing the disturbance the bullet makes. The bolt-on silencer can be effective in reducing the noise the gun makes[1] but nothing will affect the bullet's noise. There's action noise as well, but this isn't much and can go away completely by using a manual bolt ...


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Does GPS use the theory of relativity? Yes. The information below is quoted from GPS interface specification. SV here is Space Vehicle. This is how the frequency of the clock set: The nominal frequency of this source - as it appears to an observer on the ground - is 10.23 MHz. The SV carrier frequency and clock rates - as they would appear to an ...


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Does GPS use General Relativity?

Sources on the internet claim that the GPS system requires Relativity to work (xkcd). I've searched information about the GPS system, how it works and how it was set up, reading information from many ...
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In the present world it would seem very odd to see low density rocks such as pumice floating in the sky. Likewise it would be even stranger to witness giant reptiles as large as a giraffe such as the Quetzalcoatlus taking off from the ground and flying about. Likewise it would be equally strange to see animals the size of whales such as the Brachiosaurus ...


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A number of scientists publicly oppose the position of the IPCC (that humans are contributing to climate change via CO2 emissions), and say that climate change is caused primarily by natural mechanisms. Piers Corbyn, in this 43 minute presentation, explains that climate change is mostly caused by solar activity, magnetic connection with non-terrestrial ...


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Since water is a polar molecule, it likes to adhere to other polar molecules. Ionizing the water makes it so that it doesn't adhere to your skin or hair that easy. Here's another product that does the same thing. http://www.ohgizmo.com/2014/04/14/dry-30-seconds-body-dryer-eliminates-need-towel/ The frizziness is caused by the removal of the moisture in ...


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Actually, Easter and the Easter-egg came from the Egyptian Isis. In Egyptian Isis was called Ast or Est, from which we derive Ester or Easter (referring to a star or the heavens). And remember that Isis-Est was a fertility goddess, as much as she was the Queen of Heaven. And the Easter-egg came from the spelling, because Est was spelt with the easter-egg ...


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Demonstrable and repeatable examples of evolution

Are there examples of evolution that can be demonstrated as proof that evolution occurs and is a useful mechanism for making predictions? Some examples that come to mind include: Animal husbandry ...
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Yes you can die from an air embolism. If air enters the blood stream there is an air pocket. If this air pocket enters the heart there is a huge chance it can get stuck in the many ventricles and chambers in it.If the air "bubble" gets stuck it stops all blood from passing to the heart. Thus no oxygen id getting to the lungs, no oxygen getting anywhere and ...