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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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In the economic crisis of 2008, were some companies truly “too big to fail”?

During the first of the half of the current economic crisis, some companies began to collapse due to the subprime mortgage crisis or from the cascading economic damage that it entailed. A danger was ...
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Does homeopathic zinc (Zicam) help with the common cold?

I'm sick, and my friend had me buy store brand Zicam to help with it. Looking at the bottle after taking it, I thought the ingredients were written strangely. "Zincum Aceticum 2x", it says, when I ...
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What are the scientifically established effects of Daylight Saving Time?

Since the US recently went on to DST, I thought it'd be appropriate to ask this: I've heard many claims made about DST, ranging from "It saves electricity" to "It balances out daylight hours" to "It ...
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Does offshoring ultimately help the offshoring-country's poor and middle classes?

Are claims about the positive economic effects of offshore outsourcing for the poor and middle class of the outsourcing country verifiable? The main argument for Offshore Outsourcing, is the common ...
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Can a “second Chernobyl” happen at the nuclear reactors damaged by the tsunami in Japan?

In the media, you hear predictions that the events in the damaged nuclear power plants could be "the next Chernobyl", but this sounds like hyperbole to me. Are the events at those nuclear reactors ...
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Does gas training simulate altitude training?

I think the benefits of altitude training are well known, but a popular trend (especially in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)) is simulating altitude training with a gas mask or other device to restrict ...
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Has there ever been a case of a Manchurian-Candidate-style sleeper agent?

Pretty popular in fiction is the sleeper agent who is "activated" by a particular phrase, picture, or sound, and who then carries out a pretty complex mission or terroristic act. Are there any real ...
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Does celery help you lose weight?

I have often heard people say that celery will help weight loss because digesting it consumes more calories than is contained in celery itself. Is this true and, if so, is the weight loss significant?...
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Has electromagnetic therapy been proven effective?

Has there been any legit studies that looked into it? Anything that either confirms or debunks it? I might need the powers of science by my side when some family members come and try to convince me ...
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Does electromagnetic radiation from high energy power installations have negative effects on health?

Note that I'm not asking about high energy RADAR and telecommunications installations or similar systems which can cook small animals alive. I've heard lots of stories about negative health effects ...
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Matching bullets to handguns (Ballistic fingerprinting)

Ballistic fingerprinting has been used as evidence in US courts and elsewhere. In this method found bullets are compared based on markings the firing gun left on them. This should allow to prove which ...
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Brushing your teeth multiple times per day

Is there evidence that suggests that your teeth will be more healthy if you brush them multiple times per day than when you brush them once per day?
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Is fluoride toothpaste dangerous?

Is there any proof that the amount of fluoride that commonly used in toothpaste is unhealthy?
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Do ghosts exist?

Ghost themed shows and ghost tours in some cities probably make ghost-related entertainment products a multi-million dollar industry. A ghost is supposedly the spirit of a deceased person who rises ...
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.50 cal bullets killing people without hitting them, via pressure wave or some other mechanism

There is a persistent myth, even among military members, that certain types of rounds can kill a human without actually impacting. Myths like "it can snap your neck as it passes by" or "it can tear ...
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Interpreting body language from a photograph

The other day I was browsing the TMZ website and they had a section that had pictures of celebrity couples being analyzed by a "body language expert". In essence, the guy was supposedly telling if ...
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Is “going into shock” a real medical condition, or a journalistic flourish?

I was reading about the recent horrific I-95 bus crash when I came across a sentence that made me realize how much I dislike the way newspapers and TV journalists use the word "shock". I should ...
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Was kissing punishable by death in 16th century Naples?

According to Dr Karl: And in 16th century Naples, in Italy, kissing was an offence that carried the death penalty. Is that true?
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Have there been any credible reports of unidentified flying objects?

A unidentified flying object is just that—a flying object that has not been identified. There need not be evidence of alien hi-jinx. My criteria for a credible UFO report would include: ...
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Are alien visitors in Area 51?

Area 51-themed TV specials appear on US cable TV from time to time, often times even appearing on educational TV networks. These shows often feature interviews with people who claim to have seen ...
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Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

This question is not about nutrition. I am not asking whether the kinds of foods that people typically have during breakfast (esp. cereals) are healthier than other foods. The claim is often made ...
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What are the plausible ways in which acupuncture might work for minor pains? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any evidence for acupuncture being an effective treatment? I sometimes have back pain and some numbness / pain in one leg. They're nothing to worry about and I ...
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Do men have a monthly cycle?

I recall reading an article, many years ago, in the New Scientist concerning a study into the effect of the lunar cycle on men. It was suggested that some men showed a physical response, such as a ...
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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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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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Does dowsing (aka Water Divining) work?

Also known as water divining, the more general term is dowsing. Practitioners claim to be able to detect minerals and even specific objects. I first became interested in dowsing in my teens, when the ...
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Do ley lines exist in the landscape?

The alignment of ancient sites (1500+ years) in the landscape is said to be evidence of ley lines. In the UK and elsewhere in Europe, it is said that many Saxon churches and pre-Christian monuments ...
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Can animals detect earthquakes through low radio-frequencies?

Every time there is a tsunami, we hear about animals fleeing to high ground and avoiding death. I've read some articles that suggest ELF/VLF sensitivity warns the animals, as they can effectively "...
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Do those hologram bracelets do anything at all?

Bracelets such as Energy Force and Power Balance bracelets claim to improve balance, agility, strength, etc. The demo at the health expo seemed pretty convincing but how can it possibly work?
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Does the Atkins diet work?

The official (theirs) description is here Wikipedia here My question is, does this diet lead to substantial weight loss, say a 25% reduction for an obese male, without any serious adverse side ...
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Ash Wednesday History

I recently read a blog that stated: Ash Wednesday is a relatively late addition to the Christian liturgical calendar, first surfacing in the tenth century according to accounts written in the ...
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Do solar flares increase the probability of an earthquake?

So, with Japan in the news today, weird theories about earthquakes are at the forefront again. The theory that solar flares are correlated with earthquakes came up, so of course I tried to find some ...
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Can Functional MRI be used to determine if someone is lying?

To my knowledge traditional lie detectors don't really detect lies but rather blood pressure, pulse, etc. and can be fooled with sufficient self control. What about Functional MRI? Can FMRI be used ...
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Are lethal injections painless?

It is often claimed that lethal injections are a painless and humane method of applying the death penalty. Do lethal injections result in either no, or minimal, pain?
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How accurate are fingerprints at identifying somebody?

In the movies, fingerprints identification always works, with no mistakes. How close is this to reality?
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Are crop circles man-made?

Every summer in England crop circles make the news for a few days. But journalists never really attempt to "solve" the question of who is responsible. source Are crop circles man-made? How?
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Has there been an increase in the frequency of seismic activity? [closed]

First it was New Zealand, now Japan -- two major earthquakes in a span of less than 2 months. Cults could use this opportunity to sell their end-day stories. Joking aside, is there any scientific ...
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Is graphology grounded?

In France Graphology is still actively used by some recruiters in order to attempt to evaluate applicants' personality from their handwriting (therefore covering letters in France are still ...
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Are there any “exercises” for your eyes that will help with near or far sightedness?

There are different sites purporting to have exercises that reduce or eliminate the need to wear glasses. Are there any such exercises that have been proven to work?
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Do antidepressants work?

I've been seeing occasional studies go by about the use of anti-depressants in treating depression. Some seem to imply that they are at least over-prescribed (which may in itself not be all that bad, ...
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Can using an air conditioner while sleeping be harmful?

When I used to live in Japan, the summers were really too much for me, especially when going to bed. The strange thing is that all the (Japanese) people would strongly advise me against leaving the ...
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Any validity to palmistry?

Unlike fortune-telling techniques, palmistry (or palm reading) has a potential connection with reality. Are there any studies that relate any personality traits to shapes of the hand, or lines?
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Can bullets fired into the air kill a person when they fall?

Lately, I've been watching the Libyan civil war in the media, and both sides in the conflict often celebrate success by firing their AK-47s into the air. Not to say that firing guns into the air is ...
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Are there any other studies (besides the discredited Wakefield studies) that have found a link between vaccination and autism?

Wakefield's study from 1998 is now refuted as fraudulent, however there must have been subsequent research by others looking for a link between vaccines and autism. Did any of this research find a ...
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Is there any research done on tattoos and their relationship to sexual activity?

Question came up in a conversation where one associate indicated that they thought tattoos on women were "slutty" and others took offense. The argument was that: when have you ever met a woman with a ...
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Will introduction of a minimum wage increase unemployment?

In economics, you commonly hear the clear that a minimum wage law will reduce employment. Is there empirical evidence that either supports or debunks that claim?
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Do violent video games cause violent behavior?

I have been following this question casually over the past couple of years, and it seemed to me that there was no strong consensus either way on the subject. However, I recently read an editorial from ...
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Are the claims of chiropractors independently verifiable?

I've had problems with back-pain in the past, and as a result, I reluctantly went to a chiropractor. It's hard to tell if going to the chiropractor helped my problem, or if they went away on their own....
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What does Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tell about a person?

Does Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tell something objective and predictive about the persons decision making tendencies? In other words, can a Myers-Briggs score give you useful information about what ...

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