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Science consisting of the combined disciples of physical science and biology, which can include study of things from the molecular level to that of complex ecosystems.

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Do banana peels take 2 years to decompose?

A Google search for "banana peel decompose time" gives the result: 2 years. This claim is repeated in several reputable sources, such as: Popular Mechanics, The Guardian, and BBC. However, ...
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Can people detect "heart waves"?

A study by Robert McCraty at the "HeartMath Institute" investigates electromagnetic fields created by the human heart and claims: Particular emphasis will be devoted to evidence demonstrating that ...
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Can you cause mosquitos to explode from drinking too much blood by flexing your muscles?

I have heard several times as I've grown up that you can flex your muscles to make mosquitos get stuck and explode. Looking around the web, I find several sources claiming the same. Q: If you flex ...
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Can the rhinoceros beetle carry 100x its own weight?

Intel have posted a twitter pic depicting a rhinoceros beetle carrying 8 ultrabooks (of an unrecognizable brand) with the tagline: #FACT The Rhinoceros Beetle can lift up to 100x its own weight. ...
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Are there pine trees on Mars?

There's a UFO site which claims that the below image is captured by the Mars Global Surveyor and is of what looks like pine or other similar type of trees. I think this image is important because ...
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Will liver move towards milk?

Someone here in the office reckons that if you put liver and milk in a fridge overnight, the liver somehow 'crawls' towards the milk. I am inclined to think this is rubbish but a casual trawl of the ...
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Can trained humans run faster than all other animals on a marathon distance?

During the athletics world championship, a commentator mentioned casually during the marathon discipline that humans are faster over long distances than all animals. I'm unsure if this can be said ...
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Have any "blockages" ever been observed in the body's EM field?

Crystal healing techniques speak of blockages in the body's electromagnetic field. Electromagnetic fields can usually be measured and observed. So, it seems to me, if a body's electromagnetic field ...
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