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Is light text on dark background less harmful to the eyes than dark text on light background [closed]

Most programmers (at least most of my undergraduate classmates) use light text on dark background (LTDB) and so do I, instead of dark text on light background (DTLB). And as we know, traditional ...
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Are two thirds of CEOs in Silicon Valley from South Asia or Asia?

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, said last year that people from Asia or South Asia are heavily represented in CEOs in Silicon Valley: When asked if he agreed, Bannon responded: “When ...
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Were feasting caterpillars used to make very light veils, as reported by Charles Babbage?

In "On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures" Charles Babbage gives a very detailed account of the production of extremely light veil by caterpillars. These fabrics appear 20 times lighter than ...
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Can the “Xtra-PC” USB device make your old computer faster?

The Xtra-PC web-site describes a cheap USB device that can speed up old PCs: Make everything fast again with Xtra-PC: browsing the Internet, writing emails, watching videos, playing games, and more! ...
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Would a fingerprint scanner still work as you age [closed]

Fingerprint scanners are known to record a portion of your finger in order to be accessed. What would happen if you age? Your hands grow and eventually even get wrinkles on your fingers. Would a ...
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Does Windows 7 make up almost 50% of the desktop operating system market share?

NetworkMarketShare claims that, as of July 2016 (after the free upgrade cutoff), Windows 7 still beat Windows 10 in terms of market share by over 20%. Is this analysis that the Windows 7, which is at ...
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Was the Australian Bureau of Statistics website “attacked”?

Last night (August 9th) was census night in Australia. Conveniently, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have a website where you can enter your household's statistical information. If you ...
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Did ARM sell more chips in 2015 than Intel has in its entire history?

Japanese telecom firm SoftBank has recently launched an agreed takeover bid for UK chip designer ARM (which doesn't make chips but designs them and has provided the overwhelming majority of technology ...
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Is this claim about 3-D printed rhino horns accurate?

The following image is circulating on Facebook: A biotech startup has managed to 3-D print fake rhino horns that carry the same genetic fingerprint as the actual horn. The company plans to flood ...
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Was text messaging originally developed for deaf people?

I just heard this claim in this TED talk by Elise Roy (at about the 5:24 mark in the transcript): Text messaging: that was originally designed for people who are Deaf. Is it true?
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Did an IBM manual say: “Undetected errors are ignored”

On the Funny Things Seen In Source Code And Documentation page at the WikiWikiWeb I ran into the following: Legend has it that the following is found in an ancient IBM manual: Single bit ...
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Is Edge (significantly) better than Chrome for laptop battery life?

Microsoft recently released the results of a benchmark of four different browsers with respect to battery life. Chrome comes out the worst, then Firefox, then Opera and then Edge, by quite a margin. ...
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Does Migaloo Submarines sell private submersible yachts?

The Migaloo Submarines web-site claims the company works in the DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND BUILDING OF EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE SUBMERSIBLE SUPERYACHTS AND FLOATING ISLANDS Despite providing a number of ...
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Is Google using ReCaptcha as a free source of human-intelligent labour?

Having worked at the Amazon Mechanical Turk for a long time, I find that some ReCaptcha questions are very similar to the 1c tasks there. Identify this, identify that. A search shows that several web ...
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Can MSG be made from petroleum [closed]

Once again a famous article on how bad is Nutella was shared to me. Thankfully, from Skeptics we can disminish the main argument of the claim which rely on the fact that MSG is bad (but as shown here, ...
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Did the German navy use UV lights for communication from submarines?

An article about vision anomalies claims that the increased sensitivity to UV light in aphakia sufferers has been put to use to detect UV signal lamps from German submarines in World War II. "Let the ...
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Does the “Sono” system for noise canceling on a window work?

“Sono” is supposed to turn your window into an advanced noise canceling system that allows you to eliminate and/оr control the sounds that pass through: Gajitz writes: Created by industrial ...
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In fields dominated by white males, do white women impede full equality? [closed]

In reading a recent article in Business Insider on changes at GitHub, I noticed a rather surprising bullet point by Nicole Sanchez regarding "Diversity and Inclusion in Tech", which was Some of the ...
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Did ancient Peru use electroplating?

Wikipedia states that ancient Peruvian metalsmiths applied gold with electroplating, citing a 1979 article in The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. I'm not familiar enough with ...
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Is the Stuxnet worm a government facade? [closed]

I just read about Stuxnet, which is allegedly a computer worm that silently infected thousands of computers and eventually sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program. I find it difficult to believe that so many ...
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Which typically comes first: basic science or technological advance?

Matt Ridley claims in his latest book (and also in an article in the Wall Street Journal): In his book he argues: Again and again, once you examine the history of innovation, you find scientific ...
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Is there such a thing as a “GPS ID card” or GPS tracking on an ID card?

The Wikipedia article Human rights in Saudi Arabia#Women's rights cites an article from The Peninsula. The article is no longer available, but the claims Wikipedia sources thus are (emphasis mine): ...
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Is this urban mosquito drone real?

This picture showed up in my Facebook feed. Is this a mosquito? No. It's an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US Government. It can be remotely controlled and is ...
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Did Lexus create a “real, rideable hoverboard”?

In a teaser video that has been viewed over 5 million times and taken seriously by many media outlets (e.g. the BBC), Lexus International make a bold claim: Lexus has created a real, rideable ...
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Could the Nokia 1100 be hacked to sniff SMS messages intended for third parties?

TL; DR; version: Is it possible that hackers were somehow able to "reprogram" a specific Nokia 1100 phone to make it receive SMS messages sent to another person's phone number? A couple of years ago, ...
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Does a human on a bicycle travel more efficiently than any other species?

Steve Jobs claimed on video that a bicycling human is more efficient at locomotion than any other species can manage. He repeated it separately on video, and in writing. The quote is still oft ...
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Are 1 to 4 tons of coal required to create only one solar panel?

In the There's No Tomorrow video, they affirm several things about solar panels (and a lot of other things). The one I'm the most curious about is this: All the world's photovoltaic solar panels ...
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Is vertical farming viable? [closed]

Are vertical farms a “a global solution” to the world’s urban food needs." - Professor Dickson Despommier or just bad math written large? Vertical farms are portrayed as amazing solutions, but I can'...
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Are there certain sounds that cannot be heard through the phone? [closed]

The common claim is that the quality of traditional telephony is sufficient for the application and that every other solution offering more quality is probably just a marketing ploy. Imagine this ...
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Is this video showing an Apple engineer discussing the new MacBook (2015) authentic?

This seems to be a video going viral online and some people are claiming it is legitimate. It depicts an Apple employee mocking Apple's new MacBook for not having any type-A USB ports (used for ...
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Can overuse of smartphones cause the pinky finger to become deformed?

NTT DoCoMo (the largest Japanese telecom company)'s customer service department recently tweeted an image purportedly showing the harmful effects of overusing smartphones: To me, at least, the photo ...
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Does white background increase battery consumption of a smartphone? [duplicate]

Here is a page with tips on how to decrease power consumption of a smartphone (in Russian). One of the tips is to use black background for Google search. I wonder whether it actually decreases ...
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Do I need to wait for my car to warm up before driving off? [duplicate]

I heard many times from friends that after starting up the engine of a car you have to wait a few minutes for it to warm up before driving off. I also heard that this only applies to engines that ...
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Does technology exist that can read memories from human brains?

According to this Buzzfeed article (#11): Scientists are making videos out of human memories with some suspicion GIFs that purport to show the result. Other sites make similar claims. Buzzfeed ...
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Can the use of technology result in addiction in kids?

I recently read an article on the New York Times website that stated Steve Jobs limited his kids' use of technology at home: “So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change ...
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Did MIT develop software that can recover sounds from video of vibrating objects?

MIT claim to have invented a technology that, by using special video cameras, can detect vibrations and recover the sounds being played that cause those vibrations: YouTube video: The Visual ...
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Was a real hologram of Homer Simpson used at Comic Con 2014?

At the San Diego Comic Con 2014, there was what they call an hologram of Homer Simpson, but is this a real hologram? Or was it, perhaps, just a projection on the wall? I thought that the hologram ...
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Is MarsOne a hoax, or are their claims reasonable? [closed]

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 nonsense ...
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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 FAQs ...
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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 M-...
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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 planning ...
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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 ...