The making, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or perform a specific function.

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Is MarsOne a hoax, or are their claims reasonable? [on hold]

I was reading a little on spaceexploration.se and I came across the following comments: The amount of nonsense from Mars One is quite astounding. The number of people who have swallowed that ...
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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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Is a car's fuel consumption increased when the headlights are on?

I have read in many sites that a car with lights on will consume more fuel that with lights off. The (hand-waving) justifications that I see tend to mention that "energy has to come from somewhere" ...
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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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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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Do M-Discs last for 1000 Years?

The manufacturer of the M-Disc DVD claims that the data written on these discs will last for 1000 years if the discs are written to and stored correctly. What is worth saving forever? Thanks to ...
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Do 95 percent of the world's ATMs use Windows XP?

Reuters claims: Windows XP currently supports around 95 percent of the world's ATMs. Is that true? In the same article, it is said: The U.S. software company first warned that it was ...
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Has Realview Imaging created a 3D holography device?

In this YouTube video, RealView Imaging is claiming to be able to create 3D holography in mid-air, without glasses. I didn't fully understand their page about their technology. They claim they are ...
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Is the “Back to the future” Huvr board real?

This website is promoting a hovering skateboard. As far as my knowledge can tell, this seems fake. The only two known technologies I know of which can hover like that are magnets and quantum ...
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Is Moore's law just a special case of an experience curve? [closed]

I recently stumbled upon the notion of an experience curve: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experience_curve_effects#The_experience_curve . It basically says, that plotting the cost per item over the ...
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Creating realistic latex “face masks” from fotography [closed]

In many action movies (especially in Mission Impossible, Fantomas but in many others too) are created latex masks that very closely and realistically resemble the face of someone else. In the real ...
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Was the radical change in art in the 15th century assisted by technology?

The British artist David Hockney argues in his book Secret Knowledge that: from the early 15th century many Western artists used optics--by which I mean mirrors and lenses (or a combination of the ...
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Does everybody have almost same brain-waves while they're thinking about the same thing?

Do people have almost same brain-waves (Waves that captured by EEG) while they are thinking the same thing (For example thinking about an Apple)? To put it another way, are there patterns in measured ...
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Can technological innovation increase overall unemployment? [closed]

This is my first question on the site, it may look hypothetical at first but its not. For those unfamiliar with the Luddite Fallacy its synonymous to 'Technological unemployment' Apparently ...
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Do photovoltaic solar panels need replacement after 20 years?

Many manufacturers of photovoltaic solar panels offer some sort of warranty that is valid for 15 to 25 years. Many people suggest that after that period of time, a replacement of the panels is ...
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Has the cost of wireless services in Canada fallen nearly 20% during 2008-2013?

On Stephen Harper's Facebook page (the Prime Minister of Canada), I found many claims that I am skeptical of. The first one is that since 2008, the cost of wireless services has fallen 20 per cent. ...
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Do lithium ion batteries double effective performance every 18 month similar to Moore's law?

On Quora a person claims that lithium ion batteries improve roughly similar to Moore's law: The installed price of lithium ion batteries is dropping in half every 18 months and they last twice as ...
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Does a screensaver save the computer display screen?

Does a screensaver save the computer display screen? And if it does, what does it save the screen from? If the above two questions have a NO answer, than why is it called screensaver?
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Are GMO crops to blame for farmer suicides in India?

Anyone who follows the genetically modified organism (GMO) debate has probably heard the claim that GMO crops, and specifically the inability to save seed and other associated production costs, have ...
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Did the Germans invent Radar first?

The popular view of the Battle of Britain is that one of the critical factors that enabled the British to win it was Watson-Watt's invention of Radar. The History Learning Site, for example, ...
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Do household air purifiers prevent illness?

Air purifiers that use glass-fiber HEPA material are said to reduce contaminant in the air that can cause illness, including cold and flu viruses, cigarette smoke. One example is, Are Air Purifiers ...
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Is there a text string that crashes iPhones?

WARNING: DON'T VISIT THE LINK BELOW ON AN IPHONE A colleague of mine, who works in the technology field, told me that there is a specific text string that can crash any iPhone (specifically iOS ...
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Can mobile apps monitor your sleep cycles?

There's already been a question about devices that can help you monitor your sleep and their possible benefits, but I'm interested specifically in the apps for mobile devices that claim to be able to ...
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Does the increase of automation lead to unemployment? [closed]

According to this Huffington Post opinion piece, it's possible that in the future the ongoing process of automation will lead to less job opportunities. It quotes economist Paul Krugman arguing one ...
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Is Japanese technological innovation less ground-breaking than Western technological innovation? [closed]

It is often claimed that Japanese are mostly doing incremental innovation as opposed to disruptive innovation. http://www.economist.com/debate/overview/199 ...
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Did a 19 year old Egyptian student invent a new space propulsion system?

I've seen reports that a 19 year old Egyptian student has invented a new space propulsion system. For example, The Daily Mail: Two mirrors used to generate power using weird quantum physics ...
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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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Do removable faceplates on car stereos deter theft?

Everyone has probably seen a car stereo head unit with a removable face plate; the idea being you can take the faceplate with you to deter theft. The claim is specifically made in this product ...
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Are low-spec computer parts just faulty high-spec computer parts?

Someone was telling me that lower-price or lower-spec computer parts such as graphics cards and central processing units are actually just higher-spec, higher-price units that have manufacturing ...
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If the universe is just a Matrix-like simulation, how could we ever know? [closed]

If the universe is just a Matrix-like simulation, how could we ever know? This is a sample from reading I have done. All we have to do to identify what these constraints would be is to build our ...
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Will entering the ATM's PIN in reverse notify the police?

I received a rather intriguing email. It says that if I am at an ATM and I'm in the process of getting robbed, I just enter my PIN in reverse order e.g. 4321 instead of 1234. The ATM will still give ...
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Is the Lindy effect well supported by evidence?

The Lindy effect is the observation that, contrary to the pattern with perishable things like people, the longevity so far is a good predictor of the future longevity. In other words, technologies ...
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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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Are women more likely to be speakers at tech conferences than men?

In PUT A SOCK IN IT, YOU DICKLESS WONDERS, Milo Yiannopoulos claims that women in the tech industry are more likely to be speakers or panellists than men are, because there aren't many women in the ...
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Did Canadian company HyperStealth invent an invisibility cloak?

This seemingly legitimate camouflage design company says it invented an invisibility cloak called Quantum Stealth that works by bending light "without cameras, batteries, lights or mirrors." ...
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Is the Comic Sans font easier to read for dyslexics?

After getting into an argument with a friend about the use/existence of the Comic Sans font, he said that it is one of the few typefaces that virtually eliminates confusion among dyslexics. It ...
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Has Verizon filed a patent for a device to watch you while you watch TV?

According to Slate Magazine: Verizon Files Patent for Creepy Device To Watch You While You Watch TV [...] The company has filed a patent, published last week, for a system designed to be ...
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Has copyright piracy halved in New Zealand since their “three strikes” rule?

According to the BBC article US piracy crackdown delayed until 2013, dated November 29, 2012: New Zealand claims that piracy has halved since it introduced a "three strikes" rule. After a little ...
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is Coltan the main cause of conflict in Congo since 1997?

This PDF (i saw a translated version) has been brought to my attention. it claims that Coltan is the main cause of a conflict which has claimed the lives of four million people since 1997 and as also ...
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Does a cell phone emit 1000 times more radiation when its battery is low?

Found this gem on G+: The rest seems all extremely circumstantial except the very last item. The 'radiation' they're talking about, I'm assuming, is electromagnetic radiation - which would be ...
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Did children in Ethiopia hack Android in five months?

I have recently read an article that claims that children that never seen a book and didn't know how to speak English learned how to use an Android phone and hacked it. Is this true? The article ...
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Are Apple products sold at a premium price?

I have often heard people talk about to an Apple tax in reference to Apple products (especially their Mac products). This is one of many references to Apple having overly high prices compared with ...
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Can the Beautifyer app enhance audio?

The Beautifyer iPhone app is claimed to playback compressed audio files in an enhanced way, using a new algorithm. Transform your [...] music files into an extraordinary new listening ...
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Does never charging a laptop battery to more than 80% capacity increase its lifespan?

In relation to Does recharging a battery when it is only half-way dead decrease its life span? I read an article about Maximizing the lifespan of a laptop battery where Samsung puts it: Most ...
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Could a solar flare cause economic collapse? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will the Sun's magnetic activity disrupt electronics on Earth? It seems that solar flares are one of the few things that have any factual weight among the possible ...
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Is there credible evidence that a child using an iPad will have their eyesight affected?

I have been told by several people that allowing my young children (aged 2 and 5 at the time of writing) to use an iPad, or similar device, would affect their eyesight. I have found the following ...
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Can Software Help You Sleep?

I've come across software that claims to improve one's sleep and to help falling asleep in the first place, by listening to an audio track with spoken words, music, and ambient sounds. Here's one ...
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Do 3 billion devices run Java?

I was installing Java today and this was shown in the installation. Is there anything that supports this claim?
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Did ancient Indians invent guns, lasers, radars and nuclear weapons?

I found this site which claimed that Ancient India was an extremely advanced civilization whose technology equaled & in some cases even surpassed current technology. None of the claims have ...
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To what degree is applied quantum mechanics used in the design and fabrication of semiconductor chips? [closed]

I was having a debate with my friend the other day (I'm the computer guy, he's a virologist), and he's insisting that quantum mechanics isn't one of the most complete and accurate scientific theories ...