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What is the earlier reference of Nikola Tesla [on hold]

I had a shower thought this morning, when or how did we first learn about Nikola Tesla? When I look at Wikipedia, I can see the first page was published in 2001 same time as Thomas Edison, however ...
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Is there reliable evidence that depleted uranium from the 1999 NATO bombing is causing cancer in Serbia?

This year is the 20th anniversary of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia/Serbia. At the moment, Serbian media outlets are focused on claims that depleted uranium in NATO bombs used during the bombardment ...
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Do the 26 richest billionaires own as much wealth as the poorest 3.8 billion people?

Bernie Sanders, who is running for president in 2020 gave a speech a few days ago. He makes a claim which goes like the following: Today the world's richest 26 billionaires, 26, now own as much ...
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Does vodka (or other strong alcohol) in any way protect from radiation? [duplicate]

After watching the TV series Chernobyl, I am seeing all over the internet that drinking vodka helps protect you from radiation. Does vodka (or other strong alcohol) in any way protect from radiation?
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What is the impact on climate change of having a child?

I found one study from 2017 that says (emphasis mine): We recommend four widely applicable high-impact (i.e. low emissions) actions with the potential to contribute to systemic change and ...
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Did Chinese school textbook maps (c. 1951) “depict China as stretching even into the central Asian republics”?

In Marshall (Prisoners of Geography, 2015) writes: In 1951, China annexed Tibet (another vast non-Han territory) and by then Chinese school textbook maps began to depict China as stretching even ...
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Can Technical Analysis (TA) predict future market prices?

According to Wikipedia, Technical Analysis (TA) is an analysis methodology for forecasting the direction of prices through the study of past market data, primarily price and volume. As I ...
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Does a “desirable difficulty” in reading font affect memory retention?

Sans Forgetica is a font designed using the principles of cognitive psychology to help you to better remember your study notes. Sans Forgetica is more difficult to read than most typefaces – and ...
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Do bimetal jigsaw blades last twice as long as HSS blades and ten times longer than HCS blades?

Bosch makes this claim in their jigsaw blade documentation: Bi-Metal (BiM): This highly flexible, tough combination of HSS [High-Speed Steel] and HCS [High-Carbon Steel] results in a blade ...
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Is Iran recovering debris of the shot-down Global Hawk in its own coastal waters?

There is currently contradicting information regarding to the location where the USAF RQ-4 Global Hawk was shot down by Iranian forces, with the US claiming it happened over international waters and ...
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Are the diagnostic criteria of brain death reliable?

There is a large number of sites - particularly fundamentalist Christian sites - claiming that the people who meet the diagnostic criteria for brain death are, nonetheless, capable of recovering. For ...
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Do 90% of startups fail?

I have seen this claim made in several popular websites that 90% of startups fail. Two examples: When the founder of a startup company shuts down her or his business, it’s customary to pen an ...
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Is it possible for the laws of physics to 'glitch'? [on hold]

What inspired me to ask this was this story on Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/Glitch_in_the_Matrix/comments/3034ed/the_world_stopped_for_12_seconds_biggest_matrix/ OP says him, his brother and his ...
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Is this “the largest single donation to Oxford University since the Renaissance”?

The University of Oxford recently announced a £150 million donation from Stephen Schwartzmann, which their press release (PDF) prominently calls "the largest single donation to Oxford University since ...
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Does rocking a child help their brain to grow?

Nature Play claim that a child's movement in the first two years helps them grow, specifically a rocking motion like in the womb. The link to the supposed scientific source is now dead. Is there any ...
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Do historians agree the motive behind Catholic celibacy was primarily economic?

According to a BBC article: the First and Second Lateran Councils of 1123 and 1139 explicitly forbade priests from marrying - so we are almost past 1,000 years since the Catholic Church has ...
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Did the CIA blow up a Siberian pipeline in 1982?

The Telegraph claimed in 2004 that the CIA blew up a Russian gas pipeline in Siberia, by tricking the operator into installing booby-trapped software. Thomas Reed, a former US Air Force secretary ...
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Has there been any indication at all that further negotiation between the UK and EU is possible? [closed]

All but one of the current candidates for the Tory leadership (and this role of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) are proposing to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU to ...
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Is there an energy source even more powerful than fossil fuels which used to be widely available on earth and is not anymore? [closed]

Did any author explore (in fiction or scientific studies) the possibility that (far) past civilizations had access to an energy source even more powerful than fossil fuels (and currently known), and ...
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Has austerity caused the death of over 130,000 people in the UK? [duplicate]

On BBC Question Time, Thursday 13 June 2019, Francesca Martinez said: Austerity has caused the death of over 130,000 human beings in Britain. That is absolutely outrageous. That is 130,000 mums and ...
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Have 82 officers been charged for on-duty shootings since 2005?

Multiple news sources ranging from 2 years ago to now, such as CNN, NBC, New York Magazine, PBS, Salon, Vox, and NPR mention that between 2005 and May 2017, around 80 police officers have been charged ...
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Has Congress's Office of Compliance secretly settled sexual harassment lawsuits?

Info Wars host, Mike Cernovich claims, via a recent Change.org petition that Congress has sealed settled sexual harassment lawsuits from the public record? What if I told you that Congressmen ...
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Is the infant mortality rate among African-American babies in Youngstown, Ohio greater than that of babies in Iran?

In a town hall meeting on June 2, 2019 with Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH), the candidate stated the following (emphasis mine) Now, a lot of people don't know, but Youngstown, Ohio is 50 percent ...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

On Reddit, Facebook and elsewhere, a picture went mildly viral claiming that in the USA, a kindergarten is using corporate logos to teach the alphabet: The posts or their comments do not include any ...
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Is it illegal in Alaska to wake up a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph?

DumbLaws.com claim: While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited. The Gray Line Alaska blog repeats the claim. There is also a ...
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Are there any dangers of aluminum-containing antiperspirants? [duplicate]

The question was last asked in 2013, and I wondered if there is any more definitive research on this. The german ministry of risks says that there is a possible risk of using them: https://www.bfr....
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Could a foreign head of government be inadmissible to the US because of past drug use?

From the Guardian: Michael Gove’s admission that he took cocaine 20 years ago has triggered speculation that if he were to become the next British prime minister, he could be banned from visiting ...
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Would a no-deal Brexit cause the grocery shopping bill of an average UK family to rise by £800/year?

The claim is: Brexit: No-deal outcome could force shopping bills up by £800 a year, says union Tariffs imposed under WTO rules would increase the price of everyday goods such as butter, cheese ...
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Did the Snowden leaks result in the death of American diplomats? [closed]

RT stated on January 2014 that Revelations made possible through documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden could cause the deaths of United States diplomats, citizens and soldiers, ...
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Are US sunscreens less effective due to FDA regulations?

A recent answer to the question Best sun protection for swimming on a sister site makes the claim "The US market version is hamstrung in order to pass FDA regulations" and expands with the following: ...
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Can marijuana cause seizures in children?

Today on NBC on TV they mentioned a study that says 3000 kids between 2000 and 2017 ate marijuana and half of those kids ended up in the hospital. One of the symptoms mentioned was drowsiness (...
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Did molten aluminum pour from the WTC towers before they collapsed?

Video taken after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York show there was a hot yellow stream of fluid material pouring down the side of the WTC2. According to FAQ about the NIST ...
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Does having one fewer child reduce my carbon footprint as much as 71+ people going vegan?

In July 2017, ScienceMag reported on a study: Eating no meat cuts an individual’s carbon footprint by 820 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year [...] by choosing to have one fewer child in ...
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Does the Chinese government officially have access to IT equipment sold abroad?

In this segment from an RT program with Rick Sanchez, published June 6th 2019, a person named James Jordan, from the Stanford U Hoover Institute, claims (03:20) that "Chinese government agencies have ...
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Were more Americans fatally shot by March this calendar year than died during DDay as the Washington post claimed?

As above - seems either scary or unlikely? Is this claim accurate? Washington Post: More Americans were shot to death by March 6 this year than died on D-Day From the linked article:
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Did Jhering coin the bon mot “In Germany everything that is not allowed is forbidden”?

On a website collecting aphorisms, we find: In Deutschland ist alles verboten, was nicht erlaubt ist; in England ist alles erlaubt, was nicht verboten ist; in Rußland ist alles erlaubt, was ...
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Did 57% of people in France believe that the USSR contributed the most to the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945?

The following image is frequently circulating when WWII is discussed: Poll in France: "In your opinion, which country contributed most to the defeat of Germany in 1945?" (Source: polls IFO 1945, ...
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Did Einstein say this about philosopher Peter Deunov?

Multiple sources and books about Peter Deunov state that Albert Einstein said this: "The whole world bows to me, but I bow to the Master Peter Deunov of Bulgaria." I cannot find any context or ...
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Are individuals with severe mental illness “much more likely” to be victims than perpetrators of violence?

From an NPR article discussing whether planning a shooting breaks the law: Advocates often bristle when people lump mental health into conversations about mass shooters. They argue that individuals ...
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Did Trump fail to spot Rudy Giuliani who was sitting directly across? [closed]

Is there any video that substantiates this Reddit comment? I don’t recall the specific date or circumstance, but he was appointing Giuliani to some position on his transition team, and at a press ...
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Were Papadopoulos, Manafort, and Flynn subjects of FISA applications?

Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said this in December, in a closed-door hearing of the House Judiciary Committee (on pages 66-67 of this transcript, released a few days ago): I want to ...
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Does the moon have all these powers? [duplicate]

Today, I was talking with a coworker and I was surprised to see that she strongly believe that: When the moon is closer to the earth, hair grows faster. The moon influences when a woman (or person ...
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Did Newton say that humanity would be able to travel at 40 miles a hour

I've received a text that says: "The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning." - Nahum 2:4 ...
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Are “softening blows” (“Lockerungsschläge”) a legitimate technique to make arrests of an already fixated person possible? [closed]

A highly controversial video from the climate change protests in Austria yesterday shows multiple policeman holding down a person and then beating the person, repeatedly. It is unclear exactly where ...
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Does keeping a “gratitude journal” improve your life?

Is the practice of noting down a few things that you are grateful for each day really help you feel better? A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude journals ...
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In the USSR's legal system, was everything illegal unless specifically allowed?

Alan Dershowitz was recently interviewed by Michael Tracey on the latter's podcast. At 09:20 into the interview, Dershowitz makes the following claim regarding the USSR legal system: ... unlike in ...
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Does bodybuilding at early age stunt growth?

Can excessive bodybuilding at an early age inhibit or stop growth (height increase)? I am getting mixed answers; some say several selective exercises can do so and some say it is not a problem at all. ...
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Did thousands of women die every year due to illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade?

Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, has repeatedly said that thousands of women died every year as a result of abortions prior to Roe v. Wade: We face a real situation where Roe could ...
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Do UK background checks successfully ‘prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups’? [closed]

When working with children in the UK, it's common to hear griping about the restrictions and administrative overhead imposed by compliance with the Disclosure & Barring (DBS) regime. Despite this ...
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Were pen cap holes designed to prevent death by suffocation if swallowed?

Someone posted the following trivia on a social media website: Do you know that pen caps have holes so that if someone swallows a cap, then air could still pass through? This started a small ...

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