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The science of matter and the changes it can undergo.

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Is biochemical transmutations of elements possible?

According to a recent press conference Russian scientists have made a breakthrough so astounding it could change the universe as we know it in fundamental ways. The essence of this discovery and ...
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Does only China uniquely possess some 'rare earth elements' that can't be mined elsewhere?

How rare exactly are 'rare earth elements'? I'll use IUPAC's definition. A rare-earth element (REE) [...] as defined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, is one of a set of ...
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Do emotionally-driven tears release toxins from the body?

Sometime ago I'd heard someone trained in child psychology claim that crying for emotional reasons (as opposed to getting something in your eye for example) released toxins from the brain and/or body. ...
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Are all snowflakes unique? [duplicate]

It's often been told to me that all snowflakes are unique. It's led to the phrase "special snowflake" to describe something or someone who is unique/distinct from all others. Even Wikipedia states: ...
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Does consuming the sports drink “Oxigen” boost recovery after exercise?

There is a sports drink firm called Oxigen that purports to have a scientifically-proven product that boosts recovery after exercise. Their web site claims the following: What if the water you put in ...
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Are pomegranate seeds edible? [closed]

My dad usually eats cherry seeds, which seemed dangerous to me, so I searched it online and indeed it can be dangerous. Today, I was about to eat a pomegranate but I wasn't sure if the seeds are ...
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Did silver mostly not tarnish before the Industrial Revolution?

Theodore Gray wrote an article about silver bullets in Popular Science and mentions in it that silver mostly did not tarnish before the Industrial Revolution. But today silver is far more common, ...
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Does calcification of the pineal gland negatively affect normal bodily functions? [duplicate]

I received this link from an associate of mine. It smells like pseudo-scientific bull to me, but there are a LOT of claims made in the article that I can't really debunk all by myself. To quote from ...
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Is diet soda as bad for your teeth as regular soda or methamphetamine?

I've heard of many claims about soda water itself containing carbonic acid (as claimed by a teacher I had in high school) and having a generally high pH that's enough to destroy one's teeth. This ...
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Does microwaving food create particles that are not created when warming food by conventional means?

I was reading "Szlachetne Zdrowie" (No 7/2019) which is a Polish health magazine released by "Nasz Dziennik", which is a Catholic, very conservative newspaper of questionable quality. I read the ...
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Does this video show a Hong Kong protestor disabling a tear gas cannister with liquid nitrogen?

A recent tweet from @PatriotCoburn says: Holy Shit the protesters in Hong Kong are grabbing the canisters of tear gas dropping it into liquid nitrogen and turning it into its harmless solid form. ...
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Are a third of the proteins we consume dependent on synthetic fertilizer?

In July 1997, Vaclav Smil wrote an article in Scientific American on humankind's use of the Nitrogen Cycle (emphasis added): Synthetic fertilizers provide about 40 percent of all the nitrogen taken ...
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Does detergent help clean clothes in washing machines?

The Telegraph reported in 2008 that British historian Ruth Goodman: stopped using soap in her washing machine and says the clothes come out just as clean. "We're all victims of 150 years of hype ...
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Does elemental mercury give off toxic vapor?

This video claims to show mercury giving off a steady stream of toxic vapor when viewed with a UV light. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JABbofwD3MI There is also a Reddit discussion about this video....
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Do pain killers “target” pain?

Everyday I hear advertisements that some painkiller directly targets the pain. e.g. Nurofen's UK web-site Targets pain fast. [...] Targets pain twice as fast as standard ibuprofen tablets. Is it ...
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Do atoms exist?

There are plenty of examples of people doubting ([1], [2], [3], [4], [5]) or denying ([6], [7], [8]) the existence of atoms. Is there any compelling evidence for the existence of atoms? Has anyone ...
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Does baking soda remove odors?

I have always been told that an open box of baking soda will "absorb" odors and make a fridge smell less. I have even seen people with three boxes in one fridge. My question is whether there is any ...
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Are added nitrates and nitrites in our diet harmful?

It is widely claimed that meat-curing agents containing nitrates or nitrites are dangerous food additives. This site puts them in a top ten list of bad food and recommends avoiding cured meats, ...
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Does commercially-produced cotton cloth contain unhealthy chemicals that cause fertility problems?

The article Czy Twoje ubrania Cię trują? "Wchłaniamy chemię przez skórę. Stąd np. problemy z płodnością" (Do your clothes poison you? "We absorb chemicals through the skin, hence, for example, ...
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What happens when you mix Lysol and bleach?

My mother just forwarded an email to all her contacts (thanks, mom), warning us of the dangers of mixing Lysol and bleach together. Here's most the content, translated from French: Bleach and Lysol, ...
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Is Plant-e an actual company stating a serious premise? [closed]

This is what I read beforehand and then I reached the company page. They state that plants produce energy. This happens when releasing stuff from the photosynthesis process, which is consumed by ...
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Are silver dental fillings safe?

Are silver tooth fillings safe for a person's health? My dentist says they are safe for my health. My general practitioner has no opinion on the matter. Some countries have banned or restricted ...
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Is Roundup weed killer carcinogenic?

Monsanto have been found liable for the terminal cancer of a former groundskeeper exposed to glyphosate and other chemicals in their Roundup herbicidal product. On Friday, a California jury hit ...
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Do certain fruit combinations ripen faster?

It is commonly claimed that certain fruits (e.g. apples, bananas, high-ethylene fruits and their dastardly "ripening hormone") make other fruits ripen faster. These claims appear on mainstream media ...
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Does skimmed milk have more added chemicals than whole milk?

I've heard that skimmed milk has more added chemicals than whole milk. Is this true?
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Is tomato juice useful for removing skunk smell?

It's a common belief that you should use tomato juice to remove the smell after you get sprayed by a skunk. Does it work?
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What is monoatomic gold?

Over the weekend I heard an acquaintance mention something called "monoatomic gold", followed by a bevy of fantastic and surprising claims about the substance, what it does, and how it was discovered. ...
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Do the water filters in Pure & Clear filters work?

Dr Mercola advertises Pure & Clear Filters: Pure & Clear filters use a “selective filtration” process rather than a mechanical one for a couple of very important reasons. This advanced ...
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Does fluoridation and chlorination in the US cause thyroid issues?

From an answer in Travel.SE with a net score of 10: Mains water is typically laced with chlorine and fluoride by law, to the point that you step out of the shower smelling [like] you just stepped ...
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Will fluoride and chlorine dissipate from tap water left to sit overnight?

One common recommendation for watering house plants with tap water is to allow the water to sit overnight before watering, so that the fluorine and chlorine that are commonly added to tap water (which ...
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Is chlorine in water absorbed quickly through the skin?

I recently saw a demonstration of a water filtration and purification system. In one of the demos two glasses were filled with tap water and then someone put three fingers into one of the glasses and ...
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Does Pureit Polisher remove the chlorine from chlorinated water?

This purifier claims to produce 100% pure water. They use chlorine. Chlorine, when taken in for a long period, is bad for health. The 4 stage purification process. Polisher Removes chlorine and ...
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Does chlorine in water harm soil bacteria?

This article claims that both chlorine, and chloramine, which are added to many municipal water supplies to kill harmful bacteria, can also harm the good bacteria in soil, necessary for a healthy ...
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Are angel food cakes cooked in tube pans because they need support?

According to Cooks Illustrated: There’s a good reason angel food and chiffon cakes are always baked in tube pans, and it’s not just aesthetics. These specialty vessels actually help delicate cakes ...
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Are 19.6 pounds of CO2 produced from burning a gallon of gasoline?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, About 19.6 pounds [8.89 kg] of CO2 are produced from burning a gallon of gasoline that does not contain fuel ethanol. About 12.7 pounds [5....
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Does cow urine contain gold?

I stumbled upon a video of a baba (spiritual guru | Baba Ramdev) saying that cow urine contains gold. This belief is widespread in India. I looked it up and many sites saying cow urine contains gold. ...
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Is water calcification bad for your health?

I have a friend, who adamantly believes that water calcification causes a number of problems, including poor health. He also said it made the water taste disgusting. He had recently installed a ...
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Can you die by absorbing cyanide through the skin?

A friend of mine was talking about The Iceman, a killer that supposedly used cyanide absorbed through the skin as his murder weapon: Kuklinski favored the use of cyanide as it was quick kill poison,...
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Is there any scientific basis to this “catalytic converter” to treat hard water?

I came across this product called Softer Water Conditioners. It includes a lot of scientific sounding mumbo-jumbo to explain how it works, which raises my skepticism. Is there any scientific basis to ...
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Does Tesla's 70 kWh battery have 63 kg of lithium and if so, why? [closed]

I have found information that Tesla's 70 kWh battery pack has 63 kg of lithium: https://electrek.co/2016/11/01/breakdown-raw-materials-tesla-batteries-possible-bottleneck/ Considering there's only 13 ...
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Is Oxycontin pharmaceutical-grade heroin?

I was watching a documentary about the Oxy pipeline from Florida to Kentucky this weekend where a sheriff made the claim that Oxycontin was pharmaceutical-grade heroin. This is not the first time I ...
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Can thunderstorms curdle milk?

When I was 13, my sister and I spent the summer on a dairy farm. We worked in the creamery, where (twice a day) we bottled fresh raw milk, as well as cleaned all the equipment. It was really a fun ...
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Is warm water more effective than cold water for washing one's hands?

When washing my hands, I was always told to use warm soapy water. However, is there any chemical or biological reason why warm soapy water is more effective to cold soapy water when trying to ...
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Is pouring liquor from a bottle onto a flambé an explosion risk?

Several TV chefs including, the late Julia Child, have advised against pouring liquor directly from the bottle to a pan to be ignited, as 'flames could travel up the stream and ignite the bottle' ...
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Does baking soda eliminate a cockroach infestation?

My questions concerns a population, more significant than simply exterminating an individual cockroach. Claim: http://pest.tips.net/T003494_Kill_Roaches_with_Baking_Soda_and_Sugar.html If you're ...
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Would tying sulphur to the feet of birds allow you to burn down a house?

According to legend: The last vengeance took place in the year 946 when Olga traveled around the land of the Drevlyans in order to gather tributes. She besieged the town of Iskorosten, which ...
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Man using “water as fuel” for a welding machine? (H₂O → “HHO”)?

I saw a while back a YouTube video that appears to show a news report of a man who patented technology to turn water into "HHO". The video makes some big claims — 161 km (100 mi.) on 0.1 L (4 ...
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Is biting a gold coin a working method to verify its authenticity?

Julia Murray & Kelsey Serwa In movies you commonly see treasure hunters, pirates, thieves, ... bite down on a gold coin to verify it's real gold. (Gold Medal winners often pose with the medal ...
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Is alcohol for consumption tested for carbon-14 radioactivity to be considered legal?

I just viewed this interesting video about radioactive ethanol from plants as opposed to non-radioactive ethanol from crude oil. In it, the professor says he's heard it's illegal in the USA to sell ...
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Are the chemical compounds BPA, BPS and BPF harmful to humans?

According to the following article by Time, and the study that it cites, several compounds of the chemical bisphenol - used in commonly-handled products like shopping receipts and plastic containers ...