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Do ultrasonic scalers produce shockwaves that damage bacterial cells in the mouth?

I came across an interesting claim that ultrasonic power scalers, besides for removing and crushing existing hard plaque on the teeth, create shockwaves that disrupt harmful bacterial cells that cause ...
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Has the USA used CS gas at the Mexican border since at least 2010?

CS gas is one particular type of tear gas. The Washington Times claims today: Tear gas used once a month at border under Obama The same tear-gas agent that the Trump administration is taking ...
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Does Honey Promote Tooth Decay or Prevent It?

Both honey and sugar are comprised of a combination of glucose and fructose. In sugar glucose and fructose are bound together to form sucrose while in honey glucose and fructose exist independently of ...
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Does Sipping Soda Through a Straw Prevent Tooth Decay?

It is well known that sugar causes tooth decay by feeding harmful bacteria in the mouth. An article on webmd states that "sipping soda through a straw may cut cavities": Using a straw when you ...
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Do UV air purifiers reduce the risk of being infected by the common cold or the flu?

I've seen several manufacturers make the claim that UV-C air purifiers can prevent the common cold and flu - primarily due to the destruction of viruses. (The ones that only purify air by filtering ...
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Are these photos of burned home surrounded by pristine trees in California due to the forest fires real?

These photos are circulating on social media. Are they real? How can a forest fire burn homes in the center of a forest without burning the trees? Portion of Paradise, CA after the "Forest Fire". ...
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Did the Falkland Islanders only have peat as fuel until the arrival of the Argentine oil companies?

I found this paragraph in the Spanish wikipedia entry about peat. A group of Falklanders shoveling peat around the 1950s. Peat was the only form of fuel used in the Falklands until the arrival of ...
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Was Joseph Mifsud working for Western intelligence agencies?

George Papadopoulos, who was a foreign policy advisor on President Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, just tweeted this: I just have a responsibility to inform America of the truth. Western ...
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Did the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, wear a hijab?

This claim (apparently) appeared on billboards in February 2018 on Interstate 55 and the Tri-State Tollway outside Chicago: (Which, yes, does not literally and explicity make the claim "the Virgin ...
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Did a baby named Netflix de Jesús get registered this year in Colombia?

I was recently sent this image via social media, claiming that a baby with given name Netflix de Jesús had been registered earlier this year in Colombia: This is not entirely an implausible claim,...
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Must the surface of all standing water have a certain degree of convexity (every part must be an arc of a circle)? [closed]

According to the Flat Earth Society, the Bishop Experiment demonstrates that it is possible to see Lighthouse Beach from Lovers Point and vice versa on a very clear and chilly day. So: IF the ...
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Do electromagnetic fields affect stress and the fight or flight response?

ArmoredSkeptic said on a recent video about ghosts that: EM fields actually trigger our fight or flight response Is that true?
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Do Humidifiers Increase Risk of Respiratory Infections?

According to this report "Humidification should preferably use evaporative or steam humidifiers, as cool mist humidifiers can disseminate aerosols contaminated with allergens" Similarly, a NY ...
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Was the recent bust of 12 people in Florida the largest food stamp bust in history?

The United States Department of Justice, in September 2017 sent out the following press release. 12 Defendants Charged Federally with Collectively Receiving Over $20 Million from USDA by ...
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Did Charles Dickens say “The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.”?

So I know anyone with an internet connection can invent a quote and stick a name next to it. I came across this quote recently and was a little skeptical. I found numerous references but none with ...
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Is there a relationship between the words “night” and “eight”?

I have seen on Facebook, a post (in French) claiming that many words for the night are based on a n+respective number for the number 8. For example on this website, Language Number 8 night ...
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Did a UN backed police force carry out a massacre in Haiti?

This event, if it occurred, is getting scant attention. From the Haitian Times: A U.N.-Backed Police Force Carried Out A Massacre In Haiti. The Killings Have Been Almost Entirely Ignored. The ...
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Was there DEA headquarters located on top of a strip club?

In episode 1 of the Netflix show Narcos: Mexico they state that The [DEA] headquarters in D.C. sat on top of a f*****g strip club If this was true it would have been in the 1980s or before. Did ...
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Is redefining the kilogram useful for drug development and nanotechnology?

With the redefinition of kilogram currently underway, I see recent online articles claiming that a precise definition of the kilogram is critical for drug development and nanotechnology. E.g. BBC.com ...
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Are most cases of polio derived from the polio vaccine?

According to this National Public Radio article: For the first time, the number of children paralyzed by mutant strains of the polio vaccine are greater than the number of children paralyzed by ...
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Does this dog food double the lifespan of dogs?

Burt Ward -- 'Robin' from the 1960s Batman TV series -- has started a dog food company. In a recent promotional article, he claimed: "We've made a food where we have doubled and tripled the ...
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Are some police in Mexico acting as hired killers?

According to the 2016 book "The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars" by Tony Payan, some police in Mexican border towns protect wealthy criminals and even "serve as sicarios" (hit men; p. 58). Are there ...
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Was cannibalism acceptable amongst the Aztecs?

In 1979, William Arens published The Man-Eating Myth, in which he presented his finding that there is no good evidence that cannibalism was socially accepted by anybody, ever, and an hypothesis that ...
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Do people with flu shots shed the influenza virus more than those who aren't vaccinated?

This 2018 Collective Evolution article claims: Once recent study, however, did bother to look at the question of whether the vaccine prevents transmission. Published on January 18, 2018, in the ...
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Did the 2008-9 flu shot increase the risk of getting the H1N1 flu?

In this 2018 letter to the British Medical Journal, a retired pediatrician claimed that In any discussion of influenza epidemiology we should acknowledge the careful and steady (one could even say ...
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Did the UN warn “we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe”

The title of this article by The Guardian by Jonathan Watts Global the "environment editor", We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN Who made this warning, and where is it? ...
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Was there a diorama at the Chicago Museum of Science where children could play shooting at a Vietnamese village?

In books and interviews, Noam Chomsky recalls that during the Vietnam War a diorama of a Vietnamese village was built at the Chicago Museum of Science where "children were supposed to come and ...
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Did a malware using only sound transmissions between speakers and microphones to cause infection exist? [closed]

ArsTechnica explains about a malware that they have named "badBios" which was supposedly able to infect other computers via high ultrasound frequencies. I find this, not an impossibility by itself, ...
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In the U.S., is more water used for electric generation, and more electricity used for water infrastucture, than anything else?

Today I received an e-mail message regarding an upcoming Energy Water Nexus Technical Conference that made this unsupported claim: Nationally, the largest category for water consumption is electric ...
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Are parents more supportive of their children transitioning if they are homophobic? [closed]

This recent article in Quilette, psychologist Dr Debra Soh discusses whether transitioning is sometimes supported by parents, in part, because they are uncomfortable with their children being ...
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Are monitors with an IPS (in-plane switching) panel better for the eyes?

slothygeek writes: There are three main display panel types for screens: IPS, VA and TN panels. Screens with TN panels are best for gaming but these are not the best for your eyes. If you want ...
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Did Republicans take 10 of 13 Congressional seats in the 2018 North Carolina general election with roughly the same number of votes as Democrats?

This image has been shared on social media Transcription: Gerrymandering in North Carolina 1,747,742 votes for Democrats = 3 Congressional seats 1,638,684 votes for Republicans = 10 ...
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Does New York City have a room for teachers suspected of sexually assaulting pupils? [closed]

This question over on Politcs.SE created a lot of argument over the pros and cons of unions in public services. One particular comment dated January 2017 by K Dog caught my eye: NYC is the worst. ...
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Was the video Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out against Jim Acosta altered?

The media was all abuzz about a video Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted out in regards to Jim Acosta's disbarring: https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1060374680991883265 Many outlets claimed that this ...
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Is the USA “not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings”? [duplicate]

Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America claims that: the United States is not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings. In California, gun control ...
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Do fireworks kills birds, dogs and other animals?

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, celebrated with fireworks. My closest friend on Facebook shared this picture on my wall: Happy Diwali Thousands of birds, dogs & other animals ...
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Did Alan Turing ever say “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine”?

Goodreads lists the quote under Alan Turing but I always thought it was merely from the movie (The Imitation Game) and couldn't find anything similar in his published works
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Does sitting on cold surfaces cause hemorrhoids?

I often arrive at work before my boss does. While I wait for him, I sit on a concrete wall. We would sit on this wall together during the summer, but now that it's cold, he says it will give me ...
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Were many former American slaves put back into virtual slavery after the civil war?

The ACLU has been a critic of the 13th amendment to the US constitution for some time, claiming that the clause that reads that slavery shall not exist "except as a punishment for crime whereof the ...
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Did Mussolini say it will be “a century of the Left”?

In his 1927 "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism," Mussolini clearly states "this will be a century of authority, a century of the Left, a century of Fascism," Wondering if this is a real ...
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Is this accident footage authentic?

This video about texting and driving shows footage of a car crash. Many posters on YouTube claim that it is "obvious" that the crash is fake. It is not obvious to me either way. Is this footage ...
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Would higher taxes on sausages and bacon save hundreds of thousands of lives every year?

A recent analysis of the health-related harms associated with red and processed meat has hit the news with headlines like this (from the Guardian): Taxing red meat would save many lives, research ...
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Did the Neolithic Revolution increase infant mortality rates?

I was reading this article, and it's honestly better cited than a lot of things I read, but one of the claims it includes contradicts my expectations. Specifically, this claim: In the best-selling ...
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Are Republicans running ads with images of bundles of cash specifically against Jewish candidates?

The Washington Post has an article about Republican ads which depict candidates holding fistful of dollars. Specifically, the article contains claims that: “[...] I will say I have not seen images ...
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Did hundreds of birds die in a park the Netherlands? What caused it?

About a week ago at The Hague, many birds died spontaneously, falling dead in a park. You likely haven’t heard a lot about this because it seems keeping it quiet was the plan all along. However, ...
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Does a vortex vessel affect water in these specific ways?

I just saw a Kickstarter campaign for a "vortex vessel" that supposedly improves tap water for drinking. Some of the claims: "[Tap water is] stuck in closed pipes where no beneficiary chemical ...
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Is gender studies a science? [closed]

A dailywire article quoting an "hungarian political magazine" article writes: ...Hungary, as the country’s government has decided to remove gender studies programs from state-run universities. ...
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Did a leaked email reveal that NATO and France had Gaddafi killed to prevent the release of a new gold-backed currency?

"Supposedly", the leaked Hillary emails exposed NATO and France was behind taking down Gaddafi in Libya due to the "gold backed" dinar they were about to release. Based on the link from: https://...
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Was iOS twice as memory-efficient as Android?

John Brownlee wrote, in 2014, on Cult of Mac: iOS is twice as memory-efficient as Android [...] As it turns out, an iPhone 6 with 1GB of RAM runs much faster than a similarly specced ...
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Does Amazon use Oracle instead of AWS to run their business?

According to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison: Let me tell you an interesting fact, Amazon does not use AWS to run their business. Amazon runs their entire business on-top of Oracle, on-top of the Oracle ...

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