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Does the US government have secret research projects? [duplicate]

At Rense.com, a writer claims: The United States is known to have a huge budget for so called ``black projects,'' because it spends more on defense than can be accounted for by adding up the value ...
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Are there any studies that show mentally practicing a skill to be more effective than physically practicing?

I saw this video in which Tony Robbins claims practicing mentally can be more effective than practicing physically. He refers to a study where basketball players struggling with free throws were ...
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Should a person who is more qualified be subject of less skepticism than one who is not? [migrated]

I have this question for several reasons. First, the fact there are several persons with PhDs who are considered to be genuine academics, yet write completely unproven, unsubstantiated papers. This ...
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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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Was the take off of neural computing research in the 80's due to Japan? [closed]

Chow, Tommy WS, and John Sum. "Guest editorial: special issue on the emerging applications of neural networks." Neural Computing & Applications 20.7 (2011): 923-924. says: The take off of ...
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Did deep learning start at Microsoft?

Bill Gates has recently said: The ultimate is computers that learn. So called deep learning which started at Microsoft and is now being used by many researchers looks like a real advance that ...
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Has the Canadian government recently dismissed a net of 2,000 scientists?

A CBC article claims: In the past five years the federal government has dismissed more than 2,000 scientists, and hundreds of programs and world-renowned research facilities have lost their ...
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Does taking paternity leave make you live longer?

I've just come across the following PubMed article (referenced here and here) which claims that taking paternity leave causes one to live longer: It has also been suggested that paternity leave ...
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Does animal experimentation delay results in medical research?

There is currently a vehement debate in the Italian media about animal rights activism and experimentation on animals. Caterina S., a person with four genetic diseases, publicly demonstrated her ...
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Is scientific racism a pseudoscience? [duplicate]

In Wikipedia, in the list of pseudoscientific topics included the following "pseudosciences": Scientific racism, Aryanism and Melanin theory. While it is quite evident that Aryanism and Melanin ...
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Did Ancel Keys disregard reliable data that did not fit his conclusion that saturated fat was a leading contributor to heart disease?

Ancel Keys in the 1950s published the famous Seven Countries Study, which tied saturated fat intake to heart disease (among other findings). Critics claim that he hand-picked data from countries to ...
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What is Jacob Barnett predicted to win the Nobel prize for? [closed]

Jacob Barnett is a young prodigy that is currently pursuing a Master's degree in a quantum physics related field at the age of 15. A couple of months ago, I spotted a number of special interest ...
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Do peer-reviewed scientific journals reject articles that propose intelligent design, regardless of merit, as a means to control the literature?

Members of the intelligent design (ID) movement, when responding to arguments that journal articles don't support ID, claim that peer-reviewed scientific journals typically reject articles critical of ...
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Does being rich increase unethical behavior?

I saw this video on upworthy.com which is based on the study Higher social class predicts unethical behavior from Berkeley university. It basically argues, that being rich makes people behave more ...
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Is it accurate to say that 97% of experts agree that global warming is anthropogenic?

A recent spate of newspaper headlines reported that 97% of scientists agreed with the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). The UK's Daily telegraph reported: A review of 12,000 scientific ...
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Is “Limitless” pill is for real? [duplicate]

Does any one know "Limitless" pill is real? or anyone is conducting research in inventing one? My Question is based on a the movie "Limitless" Where the hero will get extream power mentally after ...
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Is it dangerous to stand or squat on a toilet seat?

I got a recent junk mail with the photo attached http://i.stack.imgur.com/Xk5Ex.png (Warning: graphic images of the alleged injuries) About the danger in pooping standing position and its result. ...
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Did the National Rifle Association (NRA) block research into statistics related to gun control?

About 30,000 americans die every year from gun-related deaths (a number likely to exceed those dying from automobile-related accidents very soon if trends continue). This totals more than 300,000 ...
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Is there any scientific research that proves the effects of positive thinking [closed]

I found this while reading about the 'Law of Attraction' Whether or not you believe in the power of the universe, there is scientific research that proves the effects of positive thinking. Is ...
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Was time travel achieved and then hidden from the public? [closed]

Background Without getting in too much details and going off-topic, I just want to say I personally find that the idea of time travel is ridiculous, at least in the current frame of physics and our ...
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Can up to 70% of scientific studies not be reproduced?

I read and heard a lot about the Reproducibility Initiative recently, claiming that the data of many scientific studies cannot/was not/is not be reproduced. “In the last year, problems in ...
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Does this meta-analysis support premonition?

A meta-analysis came out recently: Julia Mossbridge, Patrizio Tressoldi and Jessica Utts, Predictive physiological anticipation preceding seemingly unpredictable stimuli: a meta-analysis, Frontiers ...
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Is Nikola Tesla the only scientist to successfully create ball lightning?

Related: Is there any scientific proof that ball lightning is real? Someone passed along this The Oatmeal comic about Tesla. It's quite interesting and entertaining. I was curious about a lot of ...
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Is HIV the cause of AIDS?

"If there is evidence that HIV causes AIDS, there should be scientific documents which either singly or collectively demonstrate that fact, at least with a high probability. There is no such ...
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Can the radioactive material on the Curiosity rover create risk to present or future life on Mars? [closed]

The Curiosity Rover has a nuclear generator / MMRTG, but I haven't seen any research describing if it is safe for present or future life on Mars. If the casing of the generator were to be ...
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Which publishers provide reference for scientific topics and latest research in a handbook format? [closed]

I'm curious and looking for books specially handbooks which cover all the breadth of latest research provided for a specific scientific topics. I've already found one publisher which is Cambridge ...
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Are tomatoes carnivorous?

New research shows that [tomatoes] capture and kill small insects with sticky hairs on their stems and then absorb nutrients through their roots when the animals decay and fall to the ground. ...
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Are the vast majority of medical procedures routinely used by physicians ineffective and unproven?

An organization called Freedom Health Canada makes an extraordinary claim on their website, which can be found here. “Scientifically controlled clinical trials have shown that only 10 -20 % of ...
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Do the Sage Journals use a pay-for-publication model (such as Bentham Open)?

I prefer to use peer reviewed journals of the highest integrity as the sources of what I would consider a good answer on this site. While perusing the JREF Forums, I was struck by a question asked ...
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Are university research studies involving children a money making scheme?

I would like to point out that this question is from a dubious and unverified claim that I had encountered. I thoroughly searched the internet for any information on such claims but could not find ...
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Do McKitrick's criticisms of the IPCC accurately represent their processes?

Whatever your position on climate change the most significant results about the scientific consensus are supposed to emerge from the International Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC). It is an ...
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Are some burgers in Japan made from human excrement? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Has a meat substitute from human feces been developed in Japan? Please look at this video. Is there any evidence that this is real or fake?
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Are only 700 out of 480,000 life scientists creationists?

I've seen this claim stated in many places, for example the talk.origins FAQ: Of the scientists and engineers in the United States, only about 5% are creationists, according to a 1991 Gallup poll ...
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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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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 ...