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Is 'Higgs Boson' called the 'God Particle' because of a book by Leon Lederman?

Why is 'Higgs Boson' called the 'God Particle'? According to Forbes The name was the invention of Leon Lederman, himself a great physicist, who used it as the title of a popular book in 1993. ...
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Is the US economic downturn slowing scientific research?

Nature magazine claims: The financial crisis of the past few years has led to deep cuts in funding for scientific research by governments and charitable organizations, hiring freezes across ...
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Was Typhoon Haiyan influenced by man-made microwaves?

So this video and other blog posts are making the claim that Haiyan was influenced, started or even straight-up controlled by man-made microwave emissions. He doesn't cite any sources much beyond his ...
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Is the U.S. the most technologically advanced country in the world? [closed]

Also, what metric should we use to determine which country is the most technologically advanced? If I were to ask you "between country A and country B, which one of them is the most technologically ...
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Can a combination of wind and ice move a 700 lb (300 kg) rock?

Lately I've been thrilled by the interesting phenomenon of sliding stones (also known as sailing stones). Photo credit: NASA/GSFC/Maggie McAdam Wikipedia explains: The stones move only every ...
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Do fingers in water get wrinkled due to a nervous system response?

I had always thought that the fingers were getting wrinkled when I left them within the water for a long time due to swelling of the outer layers of skin but I just read in several places that it is a ...
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Does the Gravitational constant fluctuate?

Rupert Sheldrake recently had a TEDx presentation removed from the TEDx web-site, for making various controversial claims, basically calling all of science into doubt. I am highly skeptical about ...
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Did clergymen contribute more to science than scientists in the 19th century?

Taleb provides yet more fodder for skeptical enquiry. In the middle of Chapter 16 of Antifragile ("A lesson in disorder") where he is arguing that science isn't the source of practical applications of ...
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Does this creation model conflict with modern science? [duplicate]

Does this timeline, loosely based on the Bible, conflict with what the Bible or modern science teach about the age and order of the universe? Creation Timeline Table From the Moment of Creation to ...
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Are there fewer women available at the higher end of aptitude in the sciences?

Larry Summers, got into a little trouble when at a speech in 2005 at a National Bureau of Economic Research he said: There are three broad hypotheses about the sources of the very substantial ...