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Did the Sanders campaign attack Biden with a “doctored video”?

From Politico, INDIANOLA, Iowa — Joe Biden accused Bernie Sanders’ campaign Saturday of issuing a “doctored video” to attack him over Social Security, a false claim that ratcheted up the tension ...
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Does using heat to alleviate mosquito bite itching have anything do with denaturation? [closed]

A common home remedy to stop itching from mosquito bites is to apply heat (via a hot water cloth or heated spoon, for example). The internet is rife with explanations that suggest the high temperature ...
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Did Donald Trump order the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani? [closed]

Throughout the media there have been articles in the past weeks that said that Trump 'ordered' the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani from Iran. Can a president order such assassinations or he ...
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Can a judge let the parties of a trial resolve their disputes on “the field of battle”, legally, in the US?

I read on https://apnews.com/44eb0a6aa2b2e5b9ee28e3ec00f3f3fb: The judge had the power to let the parties “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally,” David Ostrom said, adding in his ...
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Is illegal immigration down since construction began on Trump's wall?

In this article the quote: The result? Since border wall construction began in Tucson, Arizona, illegal crossings are down 24 percent. In San Diego, California, they’re down 27 percent. And in ...
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Is there a species of locust-eating wasp that will check its burrow repeatedly if its food is moved?

The book Do Animals Think? by Clive D. L. Wynne claims that a biologist, Jean-Henri Fabre, conducted a number of experiments on the inflexibility on wasp behaviour. In particular: One species of ...
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Did Bernie Sanders say that a woman cannot be president?

During the January 2020 Democratic debate at 43:27 the moderator asked Bernie why he said that a woman cannot win an election https://youtu.be/Ppm_mqo9Tyc?t=2607 . Bernie responds by denying that he ...
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Did Elizabeth Warren plagiarize recipes and publish a book called “Pow Wow Chow”?

From the Daily Mall Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is yet again in hot water after new allegations have surfaced that she plagiarized her 'Cherokee' recipes in the book ...
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Are BPA alternatives also harmful for health?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is generally considered unsafe to be used in plastic products. I've read some claims from several blogs online that the alternatives for BPA are just as harmful or sometimes even ...
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Are the Australian bushfires in the same path as a proposed high speed rail line?

Is it true that a proposed high-speed rail line is in the path of the brushfires? Source: https://noagendasocial.com/@AdamAtSea/103473125309193160 Also: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/
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Do “big-battery” electric vehicles release more CO2 than diesel equivalents over their lifetime?

Autocar report that Mazda have made a surprising claim about electric vehicles with larger batteries (i.e. 95kWh): Mazda says it will never build a ‘big-battery’ electric car, because it believes ...
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Do vacuum blenders preserve nutrients and flavour, and produce less foam?

Aldi Australia, a supermarket, recently stocked a vacuum blender - an appliance which blends food under lower pressure. On the packaging, there are a number of claims about the benefits of vacuum ...
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Does poison become more or less poisonous when expired? [closed]

If the state of any poison changes after it has reached its expiry date, does it become more or less harmful to the target? State 1: More Harmful -> Then we say its a better poison State 2: Less ...
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Do wombats share their burrows during fires?

In the wake of the devastating bushfires currently burning in Australia, an image has been widely shared on social media: Here is one example from Twitter, retweeted 11K times: While I have an ...
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Has the US declared war since WWII?

On the Jan 11, 2020 episode of the podcast Lovett or Leave It, the host Jon Lovett said that the US hasn’t declared war since World War II. Is this true? People like to attack politicians for voting ...
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Has Trump used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter?

Last week, David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times claimed (archive): Love or hate him, Trump has used military force less than any other president since Jimmy Carter. There are ...
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Do Swedes believe climate change spending to be the biggest waste of taxpayer money in 2019?

Yesterday, Breitbart claimed: The Swedish public has voted that climate change spending has been the biggest waste of taxpayer money in 2019, according to a poll by the Swedish Taxpayers' ...
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Did Trump tweet the most liked Persian language tweet in history?

Saeed Ghasseminejad (advisor to a foreign policy think tank) claimed yesterday: This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history ...
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Was the Russian Navy in violation of maritime law at the incident in the North Arabian Sea?

A claim that a Russian Navy ship almost hit a US Navy ship on January 9, 2020 has has been widely circulated in the media. From USA TODAY, via Yahoo News: A Russian Navy ship "aggressively ...
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Did Saudi Arabia deposit 1 billion dollars to pay the US for troop presence?

President Trump said this to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: I said to Saudi Arabia - we have a very good relationship with Saudi Arabia - I said “Listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops?...
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Is this a satellite image of Australian bushfires?

This image has been widely shared on Facebook and other social media platforms: Is this a satellite image of Australia, taken recently to show the currently burning bushfires, or is it a computer ...
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Did silver mostly not tarnish before the Industrial Revolution?

Theodore Gray wrote an article about silver bullets in Popular Science and mentions in it that silver mostly did not tarnish before the Industrial Revolution. But today silver is far more common, ...
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Do some people take several weeks to adjust to the spring DST clock change?

In this proposal on the European Parliament website about Daylight Savings Time (DST), it is claimed that (emphasis mine): Some studies indicate that summer-time arrangements could ...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

According to the Wikipedia page for Language Deprivation Experiments, An experiment allegedly carried out by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century saw young infants raised without ...
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Does this image show General Soleimani with American troops?

VeteransToday (amongst others) have shown this image, and claimed it shows Iranian General Soleimani who was recently killed by US drones with American Troops: This version of the image is from ...
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Does New York City legally recognize 31 different genders?

Several news sources (for example, The Odyssey Online and the Toronto Sun in 2016) claim that New York City recognizes 31 distinct genders. On the other hand, an article from the Huffington Post ...
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Did someone forge Representative Elijah Cummings signature on subpoenas?

There were claims on social media (e.g. Oct 18, 2019 tweet) that two subpoenas, ostensibly signed by Representative Elijah Cummings shortly before his death, had a forged signature. This story was ...
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Are coal seams in Blue Mountains (Australia) burning?

The only source I found is a tweet that does not link to evidence, and I couldn't find reference to this with a quick search. Coal seams in the Blue Mountains caught fire today, so it’s gone ...
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Is the Marie Kondo tuning fork effective for healing?

The KonMari (Marie Kondo) website sells a shaped piece of solid aluminium, making the following claims for it: Tuning Fork Regular price $50.00 Marie uses a tuning fork in her everyday ...
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Do photons have friction?

In the book 1998 biography, A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar, John Nash is said to have entered Einstein's office to discuss his ideas that photons have friction. Nash had an idea about "gravity, ...
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Are Teslas with autopilot system safer than vehicles without it?

An AP article describes some recent crashes that may have been linked to the Tesla autopilot system. The article states that there have been three fatal crashes since 2016 potentially linked to the ...
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Could 5G make weather satellites less effective?

I've seen a few articles pop up in sources stating that 5G signals will run too close to the 23.8 MHz signal that weather satellites need in order to accurately produce weather forecasts. National ...
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Does the body get fitter for a short period after athletic training? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, supercompensation is part of a basic principle of athletic training, first put forth in the 1950s. After the initial recovery from a training session, the body will be ...
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Is Radio Frequency Radiation carcinogenic at the FCC's 1996 exposure limits?

A 2019 Scientific American blog article, We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe, by Joel M. Moskowitz, warns about the safety of 5G wireless technology. Yet, since [the 1980s], the preponderance ...
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Have 500 million mammals, birds and reptiles died in the 2019 Australian bushfires?

Several news sites have reported that almost 500 million animals* have died in the 2019 Australian bushfires. Example: article in news.com.au (Jan 1st 2020) Ecologists from the University of Sydney ...
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Does cooperative learning reliably improve educational outcomes?

Usually when I see teachers or lecturers doing something that I don't agree with (either as a student, or as an educator), I can delve into the educational literature and find support for my position. ...
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Do dental chews for pets reduce plaque and tartar?

Many manufacturers and retailers of dental chews for dogs and cats claim it will help reduce plaque and/or tartar. For example: Greenies Dental Chews: Unique texture fights plaque and tartar ...
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Was Donald Trump's scene from Home Alone 2 removed by the CBC in 2014?

Comicbook.com recently reported that Donald Trump's cameo in Home Alone 2 had been cut from the version of the film aired on the CBC. The CBC responded that the cuts were made back in 2014: "As is ...
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Was there a secret meeting of Nazis in 1944 to plan for the EU? [duplicate]

(This is based on this closed question. Rather than ask about the whole thesis I'm picking one specific claim which should be answerable.) The book "Indisputable Evidence Proving The EU Was Created ...
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Will the human population reach 8-9 billion around 2050 and then decline?

In a January 2019 Guardian article, What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong?, Darrel Bricker and John Ibbitson claim: the human population will top out at somewhere between 8 and ...
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Does treating end stage kidney disease cost 1% of the United States federal budget?

On Last Week Tonight John Oliver made the claim that: "Treating end stage kidney disease takes up nearly 1% of the entire federal budget" You can see the claim at approximately the 4:33 mark ...
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Did Alexander Graham Bell write “the unchecked burning of fossil fuels would have a sort of greenhouse effect” in 1917?

Quoting from a clearly low-quality journal: In 1917 Alexander Graham Bell wrote. The unchecked burning of fossil fuels] would have a sort of greenhouse effect", and "The net result is the ...
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Does streaming a video to smartphone consume 1000W of electricity?

The German test magazine "Stiftung Warentest" tested video streaming platforms in the magazine 1/2020. As a side note they write on page 35: Laut Studien der grünen französischen Denkfabrik "The ...
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Is “tapping therapy” effective for the treatment of psychological trauma in children?

On BBC Radio 4 just now (“Woman’s Hour”, 26 Dec 2019), something called “tapping therapy” was mentioned for the treatment of psychological trauma in children. I’ve looked it up and found this 2010 ...
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“Don’t take liquor in the bedroom, and don’t stick anything in your ears”

Today’s Guardian says And if your grandkid ever asks for sage advice, just regurgitate Kurt Vonnegut’s: don’t take liquor in the bedroom, and don’t stick anything in your ears. I’m scared of being ...
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Was the EU created or supported by Nazis? [closed]

My dad has started preaching from this self published book (Indisputable Evidence Proving the EU Was Created by Nazis, by Jack King) which claims the European Union was both wanted and created by ...
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Were the emission savings of Greta Thunberg's trip by boat outweighed by crew flights?

Greta Thunberg sailed from England to New York in a yacht. Wikipedia explains: The trip was announced as a carbon-neutral transatlantic crossing serving as a demonstration of Thunberg's declared ...
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Does streaming an album 27 times consume as much energy as manufacturing a CD?

According to an article on TheConversation: So which is the greener option? It depends on many things, including how many times you listen to your music. If you only listen to a track a couple of ...
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Did Chinese users spend 277.4 trillion yuan ($41.51 trillion) on mobile payments in 2018?

According to an article on Entepreneur.com: China had 1.2 billion unique mobile subscribers by the end of last year, making it the largest mobile market in the world. This widespread mobile ...
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Does ascending one step burn 0.1 kcal of energy?

The Tsukuba Express Akihabara station has 0.1 kcal markings painted on the steps up from the platform. Is this accurate? Obviously it's going to depend on the person but broadly speaking do you burn ...

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