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Are military spy satellites as advanced as people think they are?

We've all been there: you're discussing the recent launch of a rocket carrying a satellite to orbit, or what have you, and suddenly someone pops in and makes a comment like Yeah, it's amazing and ...
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Does “The Fossil Record” evidence sufficiently support evolution?

According to Darwin, the absence of intermediate fossil forms “is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory.” What new fossil finds, if any, have occurred since ...
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Do people think in a language?

I was discussing some things with a psychology major, and he insisted that people always use a language to think. This is quite opposed to my own experience. I agree that I am capable of formulating ...
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Is it possible to overdose on Homeopathic medicines? [closed]

How much Homeopathic medicines would be required (or considered) an overdose? Every Homeopathic site claims the treatments are safe and have no side effects, it it even possible to overdose?
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Do European countries maintain Air Force on high alert? [closed]

A question asked here recently "Is Switzerland vulnerable to aerial threats outside office hours?" kind of implies that this is something unusual. But is it really something unusual in Europe? Do ...
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Does the Quran advise men to beat their wives if they disobey them? [closed]

I found this post on Reddit in which it is mentioned that the Quran advises men to beat their wives if they do not obey them. This is a quote from the link: Surah 4:34: "Men are in charge of women ...
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Is there a “cyber war”?

I've been extremely sceptical of this new concept of a cyber war. That is, a malicious country or organisation could attack another country by bringing down their network through, say a DDoS or a well ...
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Lawn umbrella as a parachute?

Just saw in a movie, a guy jumped off a building using a lawn umbrella as a parachute. Would that work in reality?
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Would the approach of destroying an asteroid in the film “Armageddon” prevent a global catastrophe?

In the 1998 film Armageddon a group of oil rig workers lead by Bruce Willis are tasked with preventing a large asteroid from colliding with the Earth and wiping out civilization. They succeed by ...
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26 thousand users of Facebook list their location as Greenland

Recently, according to this map 25 680 users of Facebook list their location as Greenland. 26 000 is about half of the number of inhabitants of Greenland. If these data are reliable it says that there ...
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Is mathematical modelling of investment markets a “science”? [closed]

A relative of mine works for a big bank (of bailout fame) in the investment division. We had a discussion where he claimed that what he does is actually a science. Me being an engineer called baloney ...
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Is there a link between blood pressure and salt intake? [duplicate]

So I was reading Cracked article about health risk myths. The first entry was interesting: [Myth #5] Salt Causes High Blood Pressure [...] Countless more recent studies have utterly failed to ...
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Is “House of Numbers” an AIDS denialist film?

The film House of Numbers has had some quite mainstream backers including (for a brief time) an journalist at the New Humanist magazine. In House of Numbers, an AIDS film like no other, the HIV/...
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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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Could I safely use copper sulfate in my swimming pools as an algaecide?

I used cupric sulfate as an algaecide in my swimming pool for a while without problem. I was adding a very small quantity of it (one teaspoon when the season start and 1/4 teaspoon whenever I add ...
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Is Wikipedia reliable?

I ask this question because in school, students are always told "do not quote wikipedia" or that "Do not believe everything you see on Wikipedia, we are teachers and we know when something is wrong ...
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What risks exist with GMO, but not with selective breeding?

Anytime you hear Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) come up, someone always pipes in that it's perfectly safe because we've been doing it for thousands of years through selective breeding. ...
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How do sugar pills work according to homeopaths? [closed]

Sugar pill claims The reasoning behind dilution, 'potentiation' and the memory of water is known to me, and there are several good arguments to be made against those 'theories'. But I can't really ...
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1answer
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What is the average number of legs per human?

Someone told me that the average number of legs in the human population is less than 2, because there are more amputees than those with multiple limbs. I found it odd at the time (a statistics teacher ...
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Is nuclear fusion energy as safe as its proponents claim?

With my limited knowledge of the process of nuclear fusion energy, this seems like one of the most promising methods for producing huge amounts of energy, with relatively very low risk, once ...
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Do prions qualify as living and, if so, do they argue for a second origin of life? [closed]

Not sure if there's a better Stack Exchange for this, but How could Darwin be sure all life has a common origin triggered this question. As I understand it, prions are pretty much protein-based ...
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1answer
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How do Ouija boards work?

Have Ouija boards been explained by science? And have they been shown to work under controlled conditions?
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Do Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian kids? [closed]

My Arabian friend showed me a video of a child getting shot. He also gave me some links after a quick search: The Independent: I watched an Israeli soldier shoot dead my two little girls Just Read ...
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553 views

Does reading about cognitive biases improve reasoning?

Is there scientific evidence that people who read a list of cognitive biases in a psychology book or in Wikipedia improve their reasoning abilities. Is there evidence that they will less likely fall ...
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What is the latest scientific consensus on megadoses of Vitamin C?

Vitamin C megadoses were first championed by extraordinary chemist and physicist Linus Pauling, I believe, and as prescription for good health they gained by association with him. I have read ...
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What is the commonly accepted mechanism that causes people to experience pareidolia?

I often see cases of pareidolia reported in the news, on blogs, and even here. I think remember reading in Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan that this had an evolutionary origin (i.e. if you see a ...
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694 views

How many of the facts in an average newspaper article are true?

A while ago there was a study that compared the amount of factual mistakes in Wikipedia to the amount of factual mistakes in Britannica. Are there similar studies that count the average number of ...
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Can we determine the percentage of statistics made up out of thin air?

Comedian Stephen Wright once joked that 42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot. Recently, Arizona Senator and notably stubborn Jon Kyl provided us with the most famous example of just such ...
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426 views

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 ...
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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 ghosts exist?

Ghost themed shows and ghost tours in some cities probably make ghost-related entertainment products a multi-million dollar industry. A ghost is supposedly the spirit of a deceased person who rises ...
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Do evil twins exist?

I've heard it said more than once that everyone has an evil twin out there somwhere. By "evil twin" I mean someone who is non-genetically related but bears a striking, (I realize that term is ...
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101 views

Has anthropogenic climate change been disproven? [duplicate]

Some scientists attribute non-terrestrial causes for climate change. Are they correct? For example, this scientist attributes current weather extremes to solar activity, moon orbit cycles and ...
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Demonstrable and repeatable examples of evolution

Are there examples of evolution that can be demonstrated as proof that evolution occurs and is a useful mechanism for making predictions? Some examples that come to mind include: Animal husbandry (e....
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420 views

Has there ever been a thorough search of Loch Ness (for the Loch Ness Monster)

The burden of proof is on the people who believe they have sighted the Loch Ness Monster to prove it exists with verifiable evidence, however it would be possible to remove all doubt by thoroughly ...
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How much do we know about the brain?

Here's a question that is bound to be controversial but is not intended as such. Do we really know anything at all about the brain? Is neurology really a science? I'm an epileptic patient and ...
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Is there any observable evidence of the Big Bang? [closed]

Is there any observable evidence of The Big Bang?
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Does putting warning on Cigarette packs reduce consumption? [duplicate]

Cigarette packs in various countries contain warnings on them, some of them contain only text, some contain text and pictures that suppose to ditter the user, and the most extreme are Australian packs ...
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Are evolutionary explanations “Just so stories” [closed]

There's a claim that evolutionary explanations are nothin more then "just so stories", that is, for any trait we can find in nature, one could find a way to explain why it's adaptive. For example: ...
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How well is the ideomotor effect understood and defined? [closed]

I'm curious what the extent of the ideomotor effect is, and how it is precisely defined. I often hear it used to explain things as widely diverse as Ouija boards, assisted communication frauds, and ...
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How reliable is the research behind the flu-vaccine?

There is significant noise claiming that flu shots are largely ineffective, especially against new strains of the flu (see, for example, this site). Both the arguments for, and against, flu shots, ...
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1answer
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Will one rotten apple spoil the bunch?

The saying that "one rotten apple spoils the bunch" is typically used as a metaphor to describe how one person with a bad attitude or dissenting opinion can turn others to his/her side. Also more ...
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1answer
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Supermarket “Membership” Cards and Data Collection

Stores more and more frequently offer better prices to customers who obtain one of their "membership" cards. Obviously such cards can be used to identify the shopper, collect data based on their ...
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What are the greatest successes of long term climate prediction?

Seth Roberts claims that the field of climate modelling hasn't produced models that have effectively predicted future climate events. According to him the models are only validated on past data. Is ...
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Is there hard science behind the benefits of home water softeners? [closed]

Does anyone know of any empirical studies or well-tested scientific theories on the benefits (or lack thereof) of using a home water softener? I have a water softener in my house that we installed ...
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What experiment can I use to show that magnets do not 'make you stronger'? [closed]

Related to the question on whether magnets work or not: My brother-in-law purchased a magnetic bracelet and swears that it works in making him more 'balanced' and 'stronger'. To prove it's effects ...
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Has any Peer-Reviewed Double Blind Study been made on any vaccine regarding efficacy?

I can not even find one Peer-Reviewed Double Blind Study of any vaccine. Can you point out some studies for me, if they are available?
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1answer
643 views

Who first made the connection between the Mayan calendar and something bad happening in 2012? [closed]

If you have any engagement with current pop culture you've heard about the impending apocalypse in 2012. The date is usually given as December 21, 2012, supposedly derived from the end of some or ...
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0answers
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Is there a lower limit on radiation that's harmless to humans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is some level of radiation “good for you”? According to a Fox News article by Steven Milloy, called Trillion-Dollar Radiation Mistake, A federal research panel ...
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Do people know when they're being looked at?

I've heard, and even once recall reading, that people have a sort of "6th sense" where they can tell if they're being looked at. From personal experience, there were many times where I felt I was ...