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To what extent do airbags reduce the risk of death or serious injury assuming seatbelt is properly worn?

None of the statistics I've seen on airbags' impact on safety/crash survival make any mention of seatbelt usage. I think it's obvious that airbags make a big difference overall, but given the likely ...
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Does drinking black tea increase prostate cancer risk?

A Scottish study in 2012 claimed that heavy black tea drinkers are at higher risk for prostate cancer. A new study from Scotland has found that men who are heavy tea drinkers may be at higher ...
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Can dogs detect human cancer?

I heard several times that dogs could feel cancer before it was detected on humans. Is it true? If so, how can it be explained and which types of cancers are concerned?
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Is olive oil overhyped? [on hold]

What makes me think this? The olive is a fruit, the oil is made by crushing the whole olive WITH the kernel. Plants kernels and seeds are toxic and contain antinutrients (I'm not saying MORTAL, ...
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Is there a word for the most basic form of an idea (in any language)? [on hold]

We have very descriptive and involved words in the English language, I was just wondering what we would call the opposite. Words like "push" or "hot" can't be simplified without losing meaning. What ...
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Do babies dream in the womb?

There are various sources that say that fetuses have rapid eye movement in the womb and they might be dreaming during REM sleep. Scientists who follow the fetus's daily life find that it spends ...
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Legal Tender and Server Remittance [on hold]

After keeping a bank from their apron all night, servers must turn in a sum to the restaurant at the end of a shift. Can the restaurant manager/owner legally refuse to take more than nine one-dollar ...
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Can SSRI make things worse in the long term or cause delayed depression?

I found these two articles that mention that taking SSRI for depression can actually make the depression worse. Is it true? Can Tardive Dysphoria (delayed depression) be caused by SSRI? ...
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Do 15-25% of all computer users worldwide (both vocational and recreational) have some computer-related injury (CRI)?

This news article from the The Economic Times claims that: 15-25% of all computer users worldwide (both vocational and recreational) are estimated to have computer-related injuries (CRI). The ...
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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

According to this article from "ADF" and this in the Washington Post, the city of Coeur d'Alene is requiring the Knapps, an ordained couple, to conduct same sex weddings or face penalties for ...
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Does eating Vitamin C and drinking green tea helps to counteract the effects of secondhand smoke?

This article The Surgeons General's Report on Secondhand Smoke: "The health effects of secondhand smoke exposure are more pervasive than we previously thought," Carmona said in his report. "The ...
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Does having more stool test help to improve chances in catching polyps bleeding?

This article Fecal Occult Blood mention You will need to test your feces from three separate bowel movements. These bowel movements should be three in a row, closely spaced in time to minimize the ...
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Is only 1-2% of the population in Myers-Briggs' INTJ category?

INTJs are one of the rarest of the sixteen psychological types and account for approximately 1-2% of the population Wikipedia claims that the INTJ personality type (as defined by the Myers-Briggs ...
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Does stress-related tension account for 80%-90% of disease?

This page on Eaton Chiropractic claims that: Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension, which, experts believe, accounts for ...
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How did humans evolve intelligence? [on hold]

I find hard to believe that any kind of selection pressure could cause development of intelligence as we have it today. If we observe today's world, we can see that intelligence has zero effect on ...
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Does trimming your hair regularly make it grow faster?

I heard this recently from a friend who claims every hair stylist they've ever spoken to tells them this. After some searching I've found several articles claiming it and several more claiming it's ...
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Engineered Zombie Virus possible? [on hold]

There are various sources that claim that it is possible to create a zombie virus that can bring a zombie apocalypse and there are claims from experts also. Of course, reanimation part is tricky but ...
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Are there health benefits from using a massage chair on a regular basis?

http://www.humantouch.com/massage-chair-benefits.html make a series of clean regarding the health benefits from regularly using a massage chair: Regular massage offers several measurable health ...
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Do “accountability partners” increase the chance of achieving personal commitments?

An accountability partner is: a person who coaches another person in terms of helping the other person keep a commitment. Daily Seven is an example of a site that offers an accountability ...
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Did lions in Ethiopia save a 12 year old girl from rape?

The story goes, with a youtube video: A 12-year-old girl was kidnapped in Ethiopia, beaten, and almost forced into an awful and disgusting marriage, but luckily, that marriage didn't happen ...
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A friend of mine posted a facebook me that claimed that cow milk can contain gluten, and trigger gluten allergies. Is this true? [on hold]

I got myself into one heck of an argument with my friend over gluten allergies, of all things! It is my understanding that it is the shape of a protein that triggers an allergic response. And that a ...
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Do Chromium or Manganese supplements have any benefits?

Louie Helm of Rockstar Research Magazine blog argues that that the human body doesn't need Chromium nor Manganese and, therefore, there is no need to have them in multivitamin supplements. This ...
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Does fastening airplane seatbelts reduce the risk of death and injury?

The FAA states To keep you and your family as safe as possible during flight, FAA regulations require passengers to be seated with their seat belts fastened: When the airplane leaves ...
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Does drinking juice help to remove toxins?

This article Colon Cleansing – 3 Recipes Creating a Buzz includes 4 (sic) recipes that "cleanse the colon" to "get rid of any sort of harmful toxins". Apple Juice High Fiber Colon Cleansing ...
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Does eating dark chocolate reduce the risk of heart diseases?

I always had a poor view of the healthfulness of chocolate, but recently I came across an 8fact image which says otherwise: Is it true that eating dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart ...
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Do vacuum wine stoppers help preserve wine?

Vacuum wine stoppers are very popular, but I don't know how effective they actually are. I've been unable to find any scientific results. I have found plenty of people who have bought the products and ...
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Are there mainstream medical schools that teach homeopathy or alternative medicine?

I was discussing homeopathy with my regular doctor today, and she said that one of her coworkers, during her education, learned about homeopathy and alternative medicine in addition to other medical ...
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Can the use of technology result in addiction in kids?

I recently read an article on the New York Times website that stated Steve Jobs limited his kids' use of technology at home: “So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change ...
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Did Republicans cut the budget of NIH and CDC in years leading up to Ebola?

The Agenda Project is a US liberal advocacy group, founded by author and strategist, Erica Payne. Payne claims that thousands of deaths overseas due to Ebola, were due to Republican policies towards ...
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Are “burglar codes” used to target homes for crime?

There is a common trope which has been going round for years that there are a series of chalk-marks used by burglars to indicate possible targets There have been multiple news stories about this ...
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Why the US needs 3 years to destroy ISIS ? [closed]

John Kerry: ISIS Destroyed Within 3 Years . The USA destroyed the Iraqi army counting more than 500.000 soldiers in one month, yet the American administration says they need 3 years to destroy ISIS ...
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Can the American minimum wage be raised to $10.10 without any cost to taxpayers?

This video, White House Whiteboard Shorts: #RaiseTheWage, put out by the White House, claims that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 won't cost the taxpayers anything because the minimum would be ...
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Is tennis elbow surgery considered successful in 80% to 90% of patients?

I have read on the USC Website that: Tennis elbow surgery is considered successful in 80% to 90% of patients. It sounds to me like a high number, there is no reference and the page was written ...
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Are US businesses paying historically low proportions of income as wages?

In this story about non-compete clauses for low wage jobs, the New York Times reported, "American businesses are paying out a historically low proportion of their income in the form of wages and ...
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Did Jesus Christ exist? [duplicate]

Greek philosophers like Epicurus, Plato, Socrates all have marble bust and they existed 300 years before Jesus. How come there is no bust of this famous person? No belonging can be found. Not even an ...
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Is (or was) there a military service where women are officially addressed as “Mister”?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, a female officer, Lt. Saavik, is frequently addressed as "Mister Saavik". It is claimed that this follows some real-life military (in particular, US Navy) tradition ...
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Can Certificate Authorities be trusted? [closed]

As we know, during public key encryption CA's play a huge role certifying that each party is legit. When a certificate is self-signed however, browsers show their worst red colors. There are hundreds ...
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Do women take more sick days than men?

A Daily Telegraph article is headlined "Women take more sick days than men". It cites a recent (2011) unnamed report: Yesterday Lawrence Christensen, of leading mutual healthcare organisation ...
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Icis involved in behadings and crucifictions? [closed]

today on fox news I heard they state that icis was involved in crucifixions and beheading. I am skeptical about his claim, particularly the crucifixions. Is icis involved in mass beheading and/or ...
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Are Authoritarian systems incompatible with science and skeptical thought? [closed]

I'm asking because I love science because it is anti-authoritarian, this being its key to being self-corrective. Asserting something as a fact means that there is not the possibility that you could be ...
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Does the distribution of Candy Crush candies allow King to increase its revenues? [on hold]

http://blog.thinkgaming.com/is-candy-crush-cheating-will-it-matter/ says: Our source – who is not a King.com employee – claimed that the Random Number Generator (RNG) that determines how candies ...
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Does Zox Pro (Subliminal Photography) assist memory?

Supposedly, Subliminal Photography is based off the idea that the right brain learns in pictures and stores information directly into long term memory. The idea, then, is that if you 'take' a ...
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Turkish soldier with ISIS? [closed]

Oliver North posted this image on twitter and wrote A Turkish soldier "visiting" an ISIS anti-aircraft unit at Kobani. They look way too friendly. Is the description of the image correct?
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Is Microcurrent Therapy effective to treat tendinitis?

I have read a few claims that Microcurrent Therapy is effective to treat tendinitis, as illustrated below. http://www.drwhitaker.com/what-is-microcurrent-therapy: Each tissue type in your body ...
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Have farmers been sued because Monsanto seeds are blowing into their fields?

This article argues that small farmers are being hurt because Monsanto are allowed to sue farmers whose fields are found to contain crops grown from Monsanto seeds when royalties were not paid. Many ...
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Did some Romans clean their teeth with urine?

buzzfeed The Romans used to clean and whiten their teeth with urine. Apparently it works. Is this true?
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Does colonoscopy screening reduce the risk of death due to colon cancer?

The article Colonoscopy Still ‘Gold Standard’ For Preventing Colon Cancer, Johns Hopkins Expert Says mention that the colonoscopy is the gold standard in detecting colon cancer even though there are ...
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Can drinking beer cause hairloss or more shedding?

I have seen some reports that drinking beer can cause shedding. Maybe it is related to alcohol and estrogens. Can these reports have any foundation? ...
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Do women blink more than men?

OMGfacts : Blinking is a reflex that is started by a sudden noise. Studies show that women react more quickly then [sic] men to these sudden noises, and blink both twice as hard and often as men. ...
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Does a pair of trainers (shoes) hanging on a telephone wire mean the house nearby is a crack den?

I've been told this many times (in the UK). It's even mentioned in a wikipedia article: Some also say that shoes hanging from the wires advertise a local crack house where crack cocaine is used ...

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