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Are the various claims regarding Ancient Indian Science made in the AICTE/MHRD new book “Bharatiya Vidya Sar” for a Indian Elective Course true?

This question is based on the following petition and this and this news article. Background The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has proposed a new textbook that will discuss the ‘...
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Are the claims made by Indian Ministers / personalities regarding ancient Indian inventions true?

In the past couple of years, several Indian Ministers / personalities have made claims regarding existence of modern inventions in Ancient India. Prime Minister Modi claimed that genetic science ...
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Did Robert Hooke publish his spring force law as an anagram?

Did Robert Hooke (and other contemporary scientists) ever publish their discoveries as anagrams? This Wikipedia article claims that Robert Hooke published his spring force law as a anagram. It also ...
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Was there a ML-backed algorithm that learnt to delete list instead of sorting it

Here's a quote from an article which was discussed pretty heavily a while ago: Well, it’s not unsorted: For example, there was an algorithm that was supposed to sort a list of numbers. Instead, ...
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What evidence would remain of the use of atomic/nuclear weapons 26,000 years ago? [closed]

In his 1998 book, Yellow Sky: an alternative perspective about the human condition and history, Kenneth Lipton argues that high radon levels in southeastern Pennsylvania may provide evidence of prior ...
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Did Marconi steal and patent Jagadeesh Chandra Bose's wireless technology?

https://web.archive.org/web/20161026225031/http://indiainnings.in/108Facts/marconi This is an excerpt from a books called 108 Facts eternally India As early as 1885, J. C. Bose had demonstrated ...
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Did thirteenth century scholars attempt to determine the congealing of oil by reading Aristotle?

In "The Production of Knowledge" William Starbuck presents the following anecdote (without providing its source). Is this anecdote based on a real historically traceable incidence? During the ...
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Whose account of the response to Michael Mann's original “hockey stick” analysis is correct?

New York has filed a lawsuit against several Big Oil firms on the grounds that they fomented contrarian opinion to undermine some findings in climate science. In one part of the suit they claim the ...
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Was the Inquisition a threat to science? [closed]

Jeffrey Beall states here (immediately under the heading "Predatory publishers and the threat to science" that he believes that "predatory publishers pose the biggest threat to science since the ...
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Was Albert Einsten's wife, Mileva Marić, the co-author of the Theory of Relativity?

This Tesla Society article is one of many websites claiming that some scientific discoveries attributed to Albert Einstein were in part or in full done by his first wive, Mileva Marić. There is ...
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Were the works of Greek and Roman thinkers available to the West during the Middle Ages? [closed]

The conventional wisdom, repeated recently in How the Middle Ages Really Were, claims (the quote is "composite"): ...the works of Greek and Roman thinkers like Aristotle, Galen, Ptolemy, Archimedes ...
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Did Patrick Matthew came up with the theory of natural selection before Charles Darwin?

Daniel Engber writes in Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?: Sutton thinks that story has it wrong, that natural selection wasn’t an idea in need of a “great man” to propagate it. After all his months ...
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Was Ignaz Semmelweis ignored by the medical community when he advocated hand washing?

Daniel Engber writes in Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?: Ignaz Semmelweis, the Hungarian physician who noticed in the 1840s that doctors were themselves the source of childbed fever in his hospital’...
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Was a misplaced decimal point responsible for the popular belief that spinach has a lot of iron?

Daniel Engber writes in Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?: Popeye loved his leafy greens and used them to obtain his super strength, Arbesman’s book explained, because the cartoon’s creators knew that ...
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Was X-ray crystallography used in DNA sequencing mostly developed by the wool industry?

In The Myth of Basic Science Matt Ridley writes: The discovery of the structure of DNA depended heavily on X-ray crystallography of biological molecules, a technique developed in the wool industry ...
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Is there a letter from Bohr about the 1950 Nobel prize?

César Lattes had some important participation in the discovery of the the pi meson, but the Nobel prize was awarded to Cecil Powell alone. There are claims that Niels Bohr left a letter explaining ...
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Is the fossil KNM-ER 1470 evidence that other dating methods other than the fossil record are inaccurate?

The skull was originally dated to be almost 3 million years old. This led Richard Leakey, the son of famed archeologist Louis Leakey to comment, "Either We toss out this skull or we toss out our ...
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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 ...