Questions tagged [water]

A chemical substance with the chemical formula H₂O, and an important biological solvent.

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Does adding a dry towel to a load in the dryer make it dry faster?

Is there any truth to the claim the a dry towel can actually speed up the drying process? There are numerous different sources that I've heard claim this, here is one on voices.yahoo A few months ...
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Does sharing a shower use less water?

From what I found on the Internet, a brief shower is more water efficient than a bath. I was wondering if there is any research about water use with more than one person using a shower? My gut ...
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Is rice water a good fertilizer?

When rice is washed, the wash water becomes whitish due to the starchy powder in the skin of unwashed rice. I've often heard or read, usually in water-saving, money-saving, or gardening tips, that the ...
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Do excreted oral contraceptive compounds in drinking water contribute to male infertility?

I've run across several claims about oral contraceptives ("the pill") and how the residuals that enter municipal water supplies via urination cannot be filtered out and may have detrimental effects on ...
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Does taking a shower when dehydrated increase body weight?

For sports (such as wrestling, MMA, judo, etc) where the competition is divided into weight divisions, it's common to drop cut 10+ lbs of water weight hours before weigh ins and then rehydrate right ...
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Do cats avoid water when it is placed near food?

This tumblr post makes the interesting claim that if a cat's water is placed near its food, the cat will consider the water to be unsafe to drink, and that cats will be more inclined to drink it if it ...
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Do covered [drinking water] reservoirs cause health risks compared to open-air reservoirs?

Bull Run Waiver.org is a political group opposed to covering drinking water reservoirs in Portland, Oregon. They making a number of claims that closed reservoirs introduce greater health risks than ...
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Does wetting your toothbrush have health effects?

Today I read a tweet from @Funny_Truth: "Don't wet your toothbrush after you put toothpaste. Water will reduce the healthy benefits of toothpaste." Is it true? If it is what does actually ...
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Does teaching 6-12-month old infants to back float reduce their risk of drowning?

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend water safety lessons for babies less than one year old: The water-survival skills programs for infants may make compelling videos for the ...
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Does watering plants with purified water yield better results?

I watched a commercial for the Aquaguard Enhance RO+UV water purifier recently. In that commercial, a science teacher assigns an experiment to students. The students bringing a plant to school, and ...
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Will storing plastic water containers on concrete cause contamination?

Several preppers make the claim that storing plastic containers with water on concrete floors is bad because chemicals from the floor can leak into the plastic and then end up in the water. Here are ...
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Do “Toilet Magnets” help prevent staining due to hard water build-up?

The claim is that two magnets dropped into the tank of a toilet can help prevent staining and scaling due to hard water and products such as the following are sold for this purpose: I have found at ...
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Does hydrogen-infused water have these health benefits?

I recently saw a local shop selling packages of water infused with hydrogen gas. It was alleged that hydrogen is an antioxidant and therefore drinking hydrogen-infused water would have various health ...
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Did the Vanderbilts from the Gilded Age bathe in saltwater?

Recently, I visited the mansion that the Vanderbilt family (from the Gilded Age, late 1800s) used to live in -- it's commonly referred to as "The Breakers", located in Newport, Rhode Island. Many of ...
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Are we running out of drinking water so that we need to be frugal with it?

I’ve read in the news that a majority of earth’s population might run out of drinking water. As with many of these kind of predictions it’s difficult to judge the urgency and correctness of it ...
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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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Is reheated water less effective for skinning goats?

For the Hindu festival of Dashain, we strip the hair from a sacrificed goat with hot water. I was told that the water should be constantly heated. If it is allowed to cool before reheating, it ...
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Do lakes and seaside areas have less snow? Why?

A friend claimed that areas near lakes or the sea have less snow, a theory she heard on a visit to Lancaster, England, which is near the Lake District as well as the Irish Sea and so would feel the ...
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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 ...