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Is there evidence that using handwriting increases empathy?

Quite often I hear claims that all else being equal a handwritten letter triggers more empathy in the reader compared to a printed letter so it's sometimes beneficial to use handwriting. See for ...
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Are carbonated drinks deadly? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is carbonated water unhealthy? Yes, I know they contain sugar and can cause obesity etc. I refer to claims made on the internet about them being acidic enough to dissolve ...
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Is there any scientific evidence that this illusion illustrates which side of our brain we use?

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/weird/the-right-brain-vs-left-brain/story-e6frev20-1111114577583 the newspaper article makes the claim that if you look at the image and the dancer is spinning ...
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Fat Burning Zone — Is it real?

Does low-intensity, long-duration exercise really "burn fat" at rates higher than highly aerobic exercise? Is the academic case for this view actually strong? It seems like a lot of accepted ...
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Are frozen vegetables typically healthier to buy and eat than fresh ones?

I've been told that frozen vegetables are frozen soon after harvest and as such don't get sprayed with as much preservatives. I'm also told fresh vegetables are sprayed with extra preservatives so ...
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Does the weather affect the selling of your house?

A realtor just told me that you're more likely to sell your house, and get a better price, if the weather is better. He said cold damp weather reduces the number of people looking and interest in ...
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Can better lawyers achieve better judgements for their clients?

This claim is frequently heard in news (and especially in TV and movies). Especially in connotation with big companies and rich individuals - "They'll get the best lawyers money can buy, and they'll ...
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Do CFLs have a significant impact on your light bill?

I just moved into my own apartment, and I've taken quite an interest in being as energy-efficient as possible (simply because, hey - I'm paying the electricity bill now!). I've been wondering - are ...
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Are we supposed to keep a 24 hour rest/wake cycle?

I find it nearly impossible to keep a 24 hour day cycle and the developed world have been structured into the 8 hour work day where you have: Eight hours labour, Eight hours recreation, Eight ...
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Can memory tricks work?

I've investigated memory systems over the years and find them interesting. One of the common themes is that you should associate the thing being memorized with something that you already know. The ...
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Does the idea of vampires come from rabies?

I've heard the rabies creates some vampire-like symptoms, such as fear of water, photosensitivity, and an urge to bite. Is rabies the origin of what we commonly now refer to as "vampires"?
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Did Bill Ayers ghost-write for Obama?

According to Conservapedia's article on William Ayers: In an October 2008 article in American Thinker, Jack Cashill presented evidence that Ayers ghostwrote Obama's first book, "Dreams From ...
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Is “real ale” healthier than other beers?

Is "real ale", beer brewed from traditional ingredients (malted barley, hops water and yeast), matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use ...
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Do taste buds become less sensitive as you get older?

I've heard it explained that your taste buds become duller as you get older and that is why I can now eat things like carrots and mushrooms that I used to think tasted like garbage. Is it true that ...
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Do any diets work long term?

As I understand it, most dieters will regain the weight lost and then some more after each diet. What evidence is there to support diets rather than other forms of help?
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Is China buying up the worlds arable land

Is there any reliable evidence to suggest that China is buying large quantities of farming land in other countries? Furthermore is there any evidence if the above is true that the quantities they are ...
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Is sugar toxic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How bitter is Robert Lustig's “Bitter Truth” about sugar? From the NY Times Article: Is sugar toxic? Robert Lusteg, a specialist on pediatric hormone ...
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Can a fungus or other parasites turn a high order animal into a zombie that carries out specific actions?

The discovery of several new ant zombie fungi got a lot of media attention over the last two weeks. The fungi take hold over ants and cause them to carry out specific actions beneficial to the ...
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Playing music at night for babies/toddlers causes or contributes to ADD/ADHD

I've heard that playing music at night for babies and toddlers (i.e. children under 2 years old) can cause or contribute to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) when they get older. Is there any ...
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Are different prices in wines justified by taste?

According to the BBC, Wine costing less than £5 a bottle can have the same effect on the palate as those priced up to six times as much, a psychological taste challenge suggests. My skeptic sense ...
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Is programming in Python faster than in C, C++ or Java?

There's a widespread belief among programmers that the more dynamic and loosely typed the language, the more productive the programmer will be in it. Guido van Rossum wrote about programming ...
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magnetism and Indiana Jones

At the beginning of Indiana Jones - Kingdom of Crystal Skull, some Russians (posing as US miliary) force Indy to search a warehouse for a crate. Lacking a compass, he throws a handful of gunpowder ...
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Where can I find evidence for the prescientific-medicine-claims issued by James Randi?

There is a well known presentation given by James Randi about homeopathy. At one point in his talk, James Randi issues the claim that up into the victorian era, if you consulted a doctor you reduced ...
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Human Cloning. Has it already happened in 2009?

There are obviously many issues involved with human cloing. Some for. Some against. Has this already happened? Apparently a Dr. Zavos claimed to have done so in 2009, but is there any validity or ...
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Is demand for biofuels causing degredation of the environment in third world countries?

Is there any evidence that demand for ethanol and other biofuels in the west is causing lasting environmental damage to third world countries. Furthermore is this demand also taking away valuable ...
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Risks of using a cast iron skillet on a flat/glass top electric range?

There are many claims about possible risks of cooking with a cast iron skillet on a flat/glass top electric range: the glass top can break if one is not careful; the glass can be scratched; the glass ...
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Is asphalt less durable than concrete roads?

I've heard that asphalt roads have a much shorter lifespan and much higher maintenance cost than concrete roads. Is this true? Incidentally, if this is true, why do most governments seem to prefer to ...
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Do CFLs irradiate ultraviolet rays in a harmful intensity?

Someone I know complains that Fluorescent lamps are "burning" her skin. I searched for sites that confirmed this and I found: The safety of energy-saving light bulbs is under review over concerns ...
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Does orthodontic work cause (or contribute to) TMJD issues?

I've experienced significant TMJD issues, and I know several other people who have also had TMJD issues. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD), or TMJ syndrome, is an umbrella term ...
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Is spanking an effective form of discipline for children?

I have heard many claims that spanking is ineffective for disciplining kids? Is there any research to confirm or deny this?
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Does the temperature of the water when you shave affect your pores?

I have heard from a number of people advice that using hot water either before or during shaving "opens your pores" to give you a closer shave. (As discussed on a makeup site, The Art of Shaving, and ...
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Has anyone ever died because they went swimming to soon after eating? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it true that bathing after having eaten can make you drown? There seem to be a widespread belief that going swimming after eating is really bad. How stuff works has an ...
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Are safety belts in planes meant for safety?

I was travelling by air today, and I realized that there's an important difference between safety belts in cars and planes. A safety belt in a car moves from the chest on one side to the hip on the ...
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Has equipment made golf easier

The Masters has got me in a the golf mood but I have questioned one thing. Over the last 15 years the advances in equipment such as large headed long drivers and much straighter and longer balls ...
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Are there auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners?

It's a common advice to find out whether a child is a auditory, visual or a kinesthetic learner. For some, auditory input is most valuable; others rely upon a visual style. Still others learn ...
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Are there any studies that prove (or disprove) the idea of “Six Degrees of Separation”?

Is it true that anyone on the planet is connected to any other person on the planet through six degrees of separation? Why, or why not?
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Who first made the connection between the Mayan calendar and something bad happening in 2012? [closed]

If you have any engagement with current pop culture you've heard about the impending apocalypse in 2012. The date is usually given as December 21, 2012, supposedly derived from the end of some or ...
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Ronaldinho crossbar commercial

In this commercial soccer player Ronaldinho pulls on a new pair of boots, juggles the ball and then manages to bounce the ball off the crossbar of the goal at a reasonable distance and the ball ...
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Are animal experiments unnecessary for toxicological studies?

I've heard from animal rights activists that experiments on animals are not necessary because we can get the same or better results from cell culture experiments. An example of that claim is this ...
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Is there evidence that glucosamine can help repair joints?

I have heard conflicting views on how effective glucosamine is in treating joint problems. For example here you can see a claim being made about stimulating cartilage growth and curing arthritis. ...
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Are there any sightings of the Loch Ness Monster before 1933?

There can be no doubt that the Loch Ness Monster exploded into the public awareness in the 1933, thanks to a few sightings that made national news in Britain. What I'm wondering is if there is any ...
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How effective is melatonin for aiding with sleep difficulty?

From Wikipedia: Taken 30 to 90 minutes before bedtime, melatonin supplementation acts as a mild hypnotic. It causes melatonin levels in the blood to rise earlier than the brain's own production ...
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Is carbonated water unhealthy?

I have a coworker who says that drinking soda leads to kidney problems. I did some Googling and while I found a lot of blogs and message board posts saying such, the only credible link I found was ...
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Learning while you are sleeping

Just to clarify, I'm not asking about Hypnopaedia, but about using a lucid dream as a training/rehearsal stage. The Lucidity Institue claims: ... many people use lucid dreaming to rehearse for ...
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Is there economic data to suggest whether or not trickle-down economics provides a net increase in standards of living?

One of the chief arguments for Reagan's fiscal policy of trickle-down economics was "money was all appropriated for the top in hopes that it would trickle down to the needy." Essentially that by ...
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The starchild skull

A program on History Channel describes an allegedly non-human skull found in mexico, called the starchild skull. From http://www.starchildproject.com/: THE STARCHILD SKULL is a genuine 900-year-...
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Do products that contain antioxidants have any value over products that do not?

There are a wide variety of food, health, and beauty products that boast containing Antioxidants in order to convince consumers to buy them. Is there any scientific data that backs-up the need for ...
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Is prescription fish oil better than over-the-counter fish oil?

The possible health benefits of fish oil (primarily from its omega-3 content) have made it a popular supplement. There are a lot of over-the-counter fish oil supplements (google fish oil) on the ...
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What is the current state of the evidence of the existence of the so-called Nazi UFO's?

As a skeptic I was present at a meeting where the presenter stated his believe in Nazi UFOs. Many websites claim that the Nazis had developed flying saucer technology during WWII. In science ...
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Do performance based scholarships increase grade inflation?

For instance, in this wikipedia there is the (un-cited) criticism that a specific scholarship has led to grade inflation. HOPE has been blamed for increased levels of grade inflation in Georgia ...

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