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Best skeptical podcasts?

My work requires that I drive a couple of hours each day. During my long car rides, I enjoy listening podcasts, with one of my favorite being This American Life. I love this Skeptics.SE and have a ...
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Did Volkswagen, Chrysler and/or GM cut diesel tailpipe emissions by ~99% over a decade?

This article, dated Jan 5, 2014, makes a rather vague claim that Companies such as Volkswagen AG, Chrysler Group and General Motors have invested billions to make that happen, outfitting vehicles ...
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Is coconut oil the best for high-temperature cooking?

In a conversation with a colleague, it was suggested that common cooking oils such as olive oil will "go rancid" when heated, causing them to break down, for them to lose their nutritional value, and ...
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When is it possible to identify one's nationality through one's handwriting?

It is possible for a trained expert in handwriting to tell with a fair degree of accuracy the nationality ... of any one who executes writing of any kind. - Source: Jerome B. Lavay, Disputed ...
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No Wipe Poo - Possible? [on hold]

I read an article that says scientists have developed a pill that will make this possible, you take one pill with every meal and you'll no longer need to wipe after a bowel movement. This new ...
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Can hypnotherapy help focus/productivity [on hold]

I've always been a bit intrigued by hypnotherapy. I'd like to be more productive and more focused. I find in short bursts I can be extremely focused and get a lot done and other times I can find it ...
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Were native Americans given blankets intentionally contaminated with smallpox?

There was a video posted on FaceBook where Wendell Pierce accused white men of intentionally infecting natives with smallpox by giving them infected blankets. A cursory read of this ...
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Did Jasmine Tridevil have a third breast added surgically? [on hold]

Right now, various news sites are running an item about a woman calling herself Jasmine Tridevil, who has had a third breast implanted, resembling a character from the movie Total Recall. Is this ...
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Is there a church in Ireland that has as its ministry providing toilets for local pub patrons?

My pastor today preached an illustration which he received from John Upton, head of the Baptist World Alliance, a large missions organization. He tells this story (paraphrased) in order to ...
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Is it true that MIT and Stanford are responsible for most of the innovation in the IT world? [on hold]

I came across a claim in the comments of an article that I can't recall the details of. Essentially, the IT world, and especially the internet as it is today, owes its existence mainly to MIT and ...
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Does baking soda eliminate a cockroach infestation?

My questions concerns a population, more significant than simply exterminating an individual cockroach. Claim: http://pest.tips.net/T003494_Kill_Roaches_with_Baking_Soda_and_Sugar.html If you're ...
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Is rice water a good fertilizer?

When rice is washed, the wash water becomes whitish due to the starchy powder in the skin of unwashed rice. I've often heard or read, usually in water-saving, money-saving, or gardening tips, that the ...
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How accurate are estimates of death tolls attributed to Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong? [on hold]

When one searches the Internet for the biggest killers in world history, the general consensus seems to be: Mao (~60m fatalities) Stalin (~30m fatalities) Hitler (~10m fatalities) However most ...
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Can chickens be hypnotized by drawing a line in front of them?

It's commonly said that if you hold a chicken's beak to the ground and draw a straight line in front of it, it will stare at the line and not move. There's no shortage of footage on youtube to prove ...
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Does increasing water intake during a diet help with weight loss?

Just about any weight loss coach/program I've ever seen say that drinking a lot of water (exact amount vary) combined with a low-calorie diet helps with losing weight (compered to the diet alone) ...
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Was there an electoral fraud during the referendum for the independance of Scotland? [on hold]

Peter Moore, a francophone Canadian Youtuber, says in a Youtube video that there was an electoral fraud during the referendum about the independance of Scotland. Given the ballot paper looked like ...
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Does this picture have financial credibility? [on hold]

I came across the following image, which was shared by a friend online (just for fun): Since the claim of financial benefit seems unlikely, possibly a joke. Is there statistical proof that those ...
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What is the confidence in the data of the current hockey-stick diagram? [on hold]

This article says this is the original hockey stick diagram: This is the extrapolated one: This is the consensus one: Now it would seem this diagram is getting more mangled over time. My ...
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Do higher rates of lithium in groundwater lead to a decreased suicide rate?

NyTimes: Although it seems strange that the microscopic amounts of lithium found in groundwater could have any substantial medical impact, the more scientists look for such effects, the more they ...
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Has Jack the Ripper been identified?

British newspaper The Daily Mail published an article claiming that Russell Edwards was able to identify murderer Jack the Ripper thanks to DNA evidence retrieved from a shawl found at one of the ...
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Are wisdom teeth disappearing?

I was sent an article (am a bit of a future evolution fan), entitled 5 Signs Humans Are Still Evolving, from a website called "MentalFloss" - and as it is not peer-reviewed, I am a bit dubious of its ...
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How effective is guarana for cognitive enhancement?

Borrowing from one of only two studies (1,2) I found on guarana: Extracts from the plant guarana (Paullinia cupana) feature as putatively stimulating ingredients in a number of foods, drinks and ...
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Do women need more sleep than men?

The claim is that women need more sleep than men because they do more multi-tasking during the day. ...
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For health services, is email less secure than voicemail, snail mail, or internet portals? [migrated]

At least where I am in the US, health care providers refuse to send anything through email (e.g. even something as trivial as an appointment reminder). Often they claim that email is not secure. ...
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Does 0.5% of the world's population make at least $1 million USD per year?

James Touchi-Peters recently claimed in a Vice article that One out of every 200 people on the planet makes more than a million dollars a year. That’s one half of one percent of the world ...
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How many calories is starving?

A friend recently posted the following, "...the World Health Organization classifies starvation as 2000 calories per day or less for women." I looked around on the WHO's website but couldn't find ...
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Are there ways to “photoshop” a picture with no trace [closed]

I don't have any sources, But I've heard several claims that a photo can be edited in such a way that there is literally no trace it was digitally edited. My question regards the usual digital ...
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Is request to subscribe the channel effective on youtube? [closed]

Every single time I hear the same request from youtube vloggers I wonder is that really necessary to say the same all the time? Can such request influence people's decision to follow something? Is ...
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Is Issels Combination Therapy an effective method to treat cancer?

Wikipedia explains that Josef Issels: was a German physician known for promoting an alternative cancer therapy regimen, the Issels treatment. He claimed to cure cancer patients who had been ...
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What is your opinion about annual flu vaccines. Do we need to get one each year? [closed]

So yeah, basically I am asking your attitude towards flue vaccination. Almost each drug store or medical place offers you to get instantly flu vaccination for free. But do we need to get one? What are ...
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Is the 2014 Ebola outbreak an issue of “national security”? If not contained, is it going to spread around the world? [closed]

I just read an article from Time where President Obama has called containing Ebola a "national-security priority". Near the end of the article, he claims: "If we don’t make that effort now... then it ...
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Is ALS 4x more present in the US than in Europe? [closed]

I am sure that everybody noticed the ALS Ice bucket Challenge. ALS is (from Wikipedia; more info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amyotrophic_lateral_sclerosis ) : Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ...
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Did Colorado replace any 420 mile markers with a 419.99 mile marker to deter theft?

This claim has been circulating on Facebook: Although marijuana is now legal in Colorado, I don't see any particular attraction to mile markers from this state, as US mile markers are pretty ...
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Is it more environmentally friendly to stir hot drinks with pasta?

In the café where I work, somebody tried introducing pasta, spaghetti in particular, in place of purpose-made wooden sticks, for stirring hot drinks, as it was thought to be more "environmentally ...
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Do trees die of cursing in Solomon Islands?

From http://wingedwizard.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/solomon-island-tree-curse/ According to some reports in the Solomon Islands of the pacific the islanders practice a special form of ...
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Are there laboratory tests for mental disorders?

So, as usual, another one of our friends on Facebook has decided to link to something "denouncing the evils of the modern medical establishment", claiming that (among other things) there are no lab ...
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Are communication, humor, music and medication appropriate strategies for preventing pre-operative panic attacks?

The paper, Davis-Evans, Chassidy. "Alleviating Anxiety and Preventing Panic Attacks in the Surgical Patient." AORN journal 97.3 (2013): 354-364. recommends the following interventions, to reduce ...
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Quibble with Dawkins's reasoning on the watch-stopping probability on a psychic audience [closed]

In Unweaving the Rainbow Richard Dawkins mentions the following (famous) reasoning on why it's almost certain that a psychic with a big audience will accurately predict/command rare events like ...
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Did Martin Luther refer to physicians who assume diseases come from natural causes as “ignorant blockheads” (or the German equivalent)?

I found this quote, attributed to Martin Luther: Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom the devils have established themselves: and all the physicians who heal these infirmities, ...
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Did Osama Bin Laden immediately deny involvement in the 9/11 attacks?

The Loose Change "documentary" claims at around 1:02:45 into the film that Osama Bin Laden immediately denied involvement in the attacks. "The U.S. government has consistently blamed me for ...
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Is it a felony in Montana for a wife to open her husband's mail?

According to dumblaws.com, in the US state of Montana, It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail. That statement has no source. Looking in the Montana Code, I don't see anything ...
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Does vegetarianism cause any decline in the slaughter of animals in the food industry? [closed]

Vegetarianism has been around for ages. Much of the vegetarian propaganda revolves around the aim of stopping cruelty to animals, it's one of the stated goals of the movement, if not the main one. ...
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Is it technically possible to terraform Mars in as little as 480 years? [closed]

I've seen this image posted as a argument against spending money on "useless" things and rather focusing on our efforts to terrafrom Mars. What I'd like to know, if the technologies presented, ...
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Were the Pollock twins reincarnated?

Synopsis from this link In 1957, 11 year-old Joanna and 6 year-old Jacqueline Pollock were tragically killed in a car accident in Northumberland, England. They were sisters. A year later, ...
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Do humans, pets and livestock drastically outweigh all other land mammals?

Does this picture demonstrate the actual proportions well (from xkcd)?
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Defrost steak in 5 minutes? [closed]

I recently ran across an article titled "Food Hack: Defrost a Steak in 5 Minutes, No Heat Required". This article promulgates a Taiwanese news video suggesting that one can quickly defrost a 1 inch ...
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Where is the science behind “Bamboo Charcoal”? [closed]

I recently saw a crazy article about bamboo charcoal burgers in Japan. That prompted me to look into bamboo charcoal and among other things, it is allegedly a great deodorizer and can last for 2 ...
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Was there a coordinated action on 9/11 to crash an unarmed F-16 into a hijacked plane?

An article came across my attention describing the events on September 11th 2001 for Heather Penney, an F-16 pilot who had just finished training. She tells the story that she and her instructor went ...
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Does the US rank worse than other developed countries in infant mortality mostly because of differences in the definition of “infant mortality”?

Wasn't sure how to phrase that title, but in a comment on this article, someone stated that The US ranks 30th in child birth mortality; 30th, not 5th or even 7th, 30th, behind most of Europe, ...
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Is it estimated that nearly half of USA jobs be low wage service jobs by 2040?

According to yesmagazine.org's post A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down, By 2040, it is estimated that 48 percent of all American jobs will be low-wage service jobs. The claim ...

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