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Has ExxonMobil sequestered over 40 percent of all captured CO2?

From ExxonMobil's website on carbon capture and storage (CCS): With a working interest in approximately one-fifth of the world’s total carbon capture capacity, ExxonMobil is a leader in one of the ...
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Did “ancient people who spoke languages that didn't have words for numbers greater than three” keep track of sheep using stones?

In the TED-Ed video "How big is infinity?" Dennis Wildfogel says (at the 50 second mark) this about "matching being more fundamental than counting": In fact, we think that some ancient people who ...
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Is the Notre Dame fire not an accident? [on hold]

According to this conspiracy video, the fire of the Notre Dame could not have been an accident, despite what the authorities now claim. Would this be plausible? I have no clue about the pyrotechnics ...
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Is it bad for an elephant’s back to carry a human?

Lots of sites warn you not to ride elephants as they are often treated poorly and don't have freedom (1,2). But these sites also mention that it’s bad for the back of an elephant. With some ...
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Did the “Windows Web Browser Choice Screen” enforced by the EU make a difference?

In response to a EU anti-trust ruling, European Android users will soon be presented with a browser choice screen. Those of us who are old enough will remember that the same thing happened on Windows ...
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Are there fake StackOverflow questions to push for some frameworks popularity? [on hold]

I have noticed (on StackOverflow) bunch of questions by level 1 users on some kind of unheard platforms, pretty close timewise, and with some answers from the same person - or group of persons. Is it ...
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Are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome exercises effective?

There are numerous articles/videos on the internet talking about exercises that supposedly help with/prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Examples: https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/exercises-carpal-...
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Is CEO the “profession” with the most psychopaths?

An opinion article in Time has this subheading: CEO is the profession with the most psychopaths. This may have been added by a headline editor though, because the article body doesn't flesh out ...
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Do dolphins intentionally intoxicate themselves with puffer-fish venom?

Since late 2013, outlets as serious as Smithsonian Magazine have circulated the claim that dolphins intentionally get "high" by harassing pufferfish. It is further claimed that this is a collective ...
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Do wooden building fires get hotter than 600°C?

After the recent Notre-Dame de Paris fire, there has been a heavily re-posted tweet going around in response to an earlier claim that a golden cross did not melt or deform - due to an act of God. ...
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Do crows like to get dizzy? [on hold]

In a lecture on the "Meaning Crisis", John Vervaeke, an assistant professor of cognitive science at the University of Toronto, and a colleague of Jordan B. Peterson, states: Caledonian crows will ...
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Is pollution the main cause of Notre Dame Cathedral's deterioration?

A 2017 Time article discussing the crumbling, wearing out, and water damage of France's Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the 2019 fire writes (emphasis added): Notre Dame, which looms over the capital ...
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Is it true that “carbohydrates are of no use for the basal metabolic need”?

In this video (at 5:09 mark) Zoe Harcombe says the following: The body needs those basal metabolic calories in the form of fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. And that's all it needs for those. ...
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Did Craig Wright create Bitcoin? [duplicate]

The developer(s) of Bitcoin used the codename Satoshi Nakamoto. Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist, has claimed to be him. A recent Coin Telegraph article reports it is widely ...
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Does Archive.org (wayback machine) list or indicate blocked / removed content? [closed]

This is not a scientific-skepticism question (which seems to be what this forum is supposed to be about) but I do notice questions regarding an organization related to a current event and this ...
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Is Texas, a relatively warm state, one of the leading states in hypothermia deaths?

This April 11, 2019 article on National Geographic about lost hikers and survival rates states (emphasis added): In Herrington’s wilderness survival courses, he teaches day hikers to pack a puffy ...
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Did David Prowse know his voice would not be used for Darth Vader?

A Star Wars fact I have seen a lot of times is that the original actor for Darth Vader, David Prowse did not know his voice was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones. Wookieepedia claims this, ...
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Does illegal immigration in the usa strain social services?

A New York Post opinion piece reported on a survey regarding Republican thoughts and feelings on illegal immigration: Respondents were asked: “What do you think is the biggest challenge illegal ...
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Did the creator of Unix say “One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code.”?

Various books and web pages claim that Ken Thompson said: "One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code." It's found for instance in The Art of UNIX Programming by Eric S. ...
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Did the CIA conclude that Uri Geller had psychic powers?

Did the CIA conclude that Uri Geller was able to use psychic powers such as remote viewing or telepathy or something as claimed by the Telegraph or Times of Israel? In the newly released documents ...
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Do last two native speakers of Ayapaneco refuse to speak to each other?

From an article in The Guardian from 2011 There are just two people left who can speak it [Ayapaneco] fluently – but they refuse to talk to each other. I know there are many languages with only a ...
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Do European deer still stick to their sides of the Iron Curtain?

I found such a claim in an article here: http://nowiknow.com/the-thin-red-deer-line/ But that was a long time ago, especially if you’re a deer — they only live about ten or so years in the wild. ...
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Was credit for the black hole image misattributed?

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) was used to create an image of Messier 87*, a supermassive black hole in the Messier 87 galaxy. This result has been heavily reported in the media leading up to its ...
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Did the UK government pay “millions and millions of dollars” to try to snag Julian Assange?

In a Fox News broadcast (timestamp 2:59), Greg Palkot (London-based senior foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News) said of Julian Assange: "He has cost the UK government and security forces, ...
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Were the people in “Inis Beag” the most sexually repressed and the people in “Mangaia” the most sexually liberated in the world? [closed]

In the 1960s, a rather obscure anthropologist by the name of John Cowan Messenger discovered an isolated and very small community in a place called "Inis Beag" in Ireland. This was apparently a false ...
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Has there been a rise of flat-Earthers?

From this tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson: The rise of flat-Earthers in the United States... And from The Guardian Researchers believe they have identified the prime driver for a startling rise in ...
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Did the FAA order the installation of “Cooper vanes?” [closed]

This question has been edited and is now different from its original form. It may be worth it for you to take a second look. For reference, the old question has been asked on Aviation.SE where user @...
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Are spiders unable to hurt humans, especially very small spiders?

In an episode of Peppa Pig, one of the characters says that spiders are very very small, and that they can’t hurt you. Broadcasters in Australia have avoided broadcasting the episode involved, ...
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Did the Taliban shoot down a US B-52 Bomber on or around April 10th, 2019? [closed]

Sputnik News is reporting that an American B-52 Bomber was shot down by Taliban militants shortly after taking off from "Shawrab Airbase" in Afghanistan in the early morning hours of April 10th, 2019. ...
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Did 3000BC Egyptians use meteoric iron weapons?

Citing Wikipedia's article on Metallurgy Egyptian weapons made from meteoric iron in about 3000 BC were highly prized as "daggers from heaven".[11] The listed source is: 11. W. Keller (1963) The ...
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Did Scotland spend $250,000 for the slogan “Welcome to Scotland”?

A 2007 Digital Journal article claims Scotland spent six months of research and $250,000 to create a new slogan to boost tourism. What did they come up with? “Welcome to Scotland” is the new slogan,...
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Do only ~2.4% of participants in large-scale genetic studies have African ancestry?

From a February 18 23andMe tweet: Only about 2.4% of participants included in large-scale genetic studies have African ancestry. Is this claim true?
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Did Rudyard Kipling describe any drink as “from the clippings and shavings of angels' wings”?

Use any search engine with the search query '"from the clippings and shavings of angels' wings" Kipling' and you will find many results. For example: Rudyard Kipling described the powerful elixir ...
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Is the “walrus scene” a result of climate change?

In Netflix’s new David Attenborough series "Our Planet" you can find "the walrus scene" in the second episode. It's a vulgar occurrence where dozens of walruses become stranded on a high cliff and ...
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Do smart sensor posture trainer help people to effectively improve their posture?

The LUMOback: The Smart Posture Sensor gets sold on Kickstarter as a product that's supposed to help people develop better posture and thus reduce backpain. Is there any research that indicates that ...
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Is bread bad for ducks?

This image has being going around (e.g. Facebook with a message attributed to The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks: Transcript: Please don't kill us with bread! Bread is actually a danger to ...
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Are US workers highly taxed if you count health premiums? [closed]

According to "US Workers Are Highly Taxed If You Count Premiums" (2019-04-08): Finally, we can go back to the OECD NTCP data and compare the US to other developed countries. When we do that, we ...
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Does USA imprison people of color at a higher rate than whites for the same crime convictions?

The Ben & Jerry's website says: America locks people up at a higher rate than any other country, and bias is baked right in. If you’re a person of color or struggling to make ends meet, you’re ...
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Do coca leaves help relieve symptoms of altitude sickness?

Coca leaves are widely used to relieve symptoms of altitude sickness in some South American countries, either chewed or brewed into a tea. Wikipedia says that no study has studied their effectiveness ...
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Did Xóchitl Lopez invent a water heater?

Various news stories have said that Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz López, an eight-year-old girl living in Chiapas, Mexico, invented an inexpensive water heater made of recycled materials. At just 8 ...
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Are white and non-white police officers equally likely to kill black suspects?

Well, that's the conclusion of a 2018 US study, as reported in the press: "White officers do not kill black suspects at a higher rate compared with nonwhite officers," concludes a research team led ...
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Can light travel at 30x the speed of light? [closed]

The claim seems to be that the researchers can make light travel faster than the speed of light. Is this true? How does it even make sense? It’s in Nature so presumably there’s something in it, but ...
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Can mercury inhalation from dental amalgams cause Alzheimer's disease?

We can read here: In fact, some scientists believe that vapor inhalation from dental amalgams can cause Alzheimer's disease in certain genetically predisposed individuals, although the safety of ...
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Does the EU fund you only if you legally agree not to damage the EU's reputation in any way?

In this YouTube video shows clips of Jacob Rees-Mogg. At 6:55, he is shown hosting an LBC talkback show, talking about EU funding. He claims: You don't get money from the EU unless you sign up to ...
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Did Archduke Franz Ferdinand mow down animals with a machine gun?

I know Archduke Franz Ferdinand was an inveterate hunter, and this might be an understatement: Franz Ferdinand had a fondness for trophy hunting that was excessive even by the standards of European ...
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Did Ayn Rand use the term “ineptocracy”?

"Ineptocracy" as can be googled today is a certain criticism of democracy. One book (titled Far-Right Fantasy: A Sociology of American Religion and Politics) seems to say that Ayn Rand used the term: ...
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Does the Idaho Potato Commission associate potato skins with healthy eating?

A person is suing TGI Friday's for false advertising regarding their bagged "Potato Skins" snacks. Part of the claim is that potato skins are associated with healthy eating, which makes the snack ...
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Does Germany produce more waste than the US?

According to the German Environment Agency, Germany produced 411 million tons of waste in 2016. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US produced about 260 million US tons (236 ...
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Did a homeowner fend-off three armed intruders with a high capacity magazine?

A recent NBC News article, Judge blocks California's ban on high-capacity magazines over 2nd Amendment concerns claims the judge wrote an 86 page decision that included a story that a woman fended-...
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Did the USS Buck (DD-761) send the message “Temper, Temper”?

In a March 26, 2019 Reddit post with 1.0k upvotes, there is a picture with a story as follows (emphasis added). 15 Mar 1952: The Wisconsin receives her first direct hit in her history when one of ...

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