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Supermarket “Membership” Cards and Data Collection

Stores more and more frequently offer better prices to customers who obtain one of their "membership" cards. Obviously such cards can be used to identify the shopper, collect data based on their ...
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Can an electronic device reduce scale buildup in waterworks?

I have recently received an ad for a device attaching to my inlet water pipe and a power socket, and claiming to massively reduce the scale build-up. This compact, computerised limescale remover ...
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Can blood group affect behavior?

In Japan, blood group is believed to have ties with behavior. Is there scientific evidence for it?
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Are there technologies that provide unlimited free energy?

Many different sources claim to be able to produce "unlimited free energy". For example: UNLIMITED FREE ENERGY IDENTIFIED Company claims to have developed new technology that provides unlimited free ...
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Do anti-sea-sickness bracelets work?

I've seen anti sea-sickness bracelets, but the mechanism of action is unclear to me, as well as the physiological reason behind them.
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Does drinking milk lead to osteoporosis?

The China Study authors state that: osteoporosis is linked to the consumption of animal protein because animal protein, unlike plant protein, increases the acidity of blood and tissues. They add ...
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Is “Your Baby Can Read” effective and helpful?

I have seen these videos advertised online and on TV, and they make some pretty fantastic claims, showing kids as young as 2 reading complicated words. From what I can find online, it uses a ...
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Is it reasonable to assume that volunteers in stage-magic shows are aides?

I think anyone who’s seen a magic show has witnessed conversations between the magician and a supposedly-randomly-chosen audience member that goes something like this: Magician: What’s your name? ...
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Is cholesterol a significant factor in Heart Attacks?

When you watch most commercials for cholesterol drugs, they always have the disclaimer "Not proven to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke". If the drugs which reduce cholesterol do not reduce ...
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Is the Bates Method for improving eyesight efficacious?

The Bates Method is often cited by people looking to avoid wearing glasses, or as an alternative to LAZIK surgery for improving/correcting eyesight. Is the method at all effective? Can eyesight truly ...
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Do magnets have verifiable effects on humans?

Do magnets have statistically significant effects on humans? Some example claims are in the Wikipedia article on Magnet therapy. Which says: Practitioners claim that subjecting certain parts of ...
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How can I tell if a listed adjuvant is no longer toxic due to a vaccine's composition?

Frequently there is some banter about the risk associated with adjuvants by people who consider vaccines more dangerous than beneficial. If a given vaccine lists an adjuvant that is toxic in isolation,...
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Did a nocebo study find that rashes could swap hands?

In an answer to another question, the following story was cited. Another interesting one that demonstrates both the placebo and nocebo effect in one study is a study done by Japanese researches on ...
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What is Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)?

Promoted by Jim Humble, Miracle Mineral Solution is claimed to cure a wide range of ailments. But what exactly is it, chemically speaking?
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Is “House of Numbers” an AIDS denialist film?

The film House of Numbers has had some quite mainstream backers including (for a brief time) an journalist at the New Humanist magazine. In House of Numbers, an AIDS film like no other, the HIV/...
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Does “The Fossil Record” evidence sufficiently support evolution?

According to Darwin, the absence of intermediate fossil forms “is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory.” What new fossil finds, if any, have occurred since ...
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Is it possible to overdose on Homeopathic medicines? [closed]

How much Homeopathic medicines would be required (or considered) an overdose? Every Homeopathic site claims the treatments are safe and have no side effects, it it even possible to overdose?
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What is a Nosode?

Homeopathy literature likes to compare Nosode remedies with traditional vaccinations, does this have any validity?
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Are deaths “skyrocketing” due to vaccination?

I was sent the following link by a friend and they were concerned that someone was passing it around on Twitter. What would be some good refutations for its content? http://www.infowars.com/vaccine-...
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Does being cold increase your chances of catching the common cold?

"Everyone knows" - a scary statement - that you get "a cold" from being cold. Now it seems to be a fact that you don't, because you get a cold from a (rhino)virus, not from the temperature. But is ...
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How do sugar pills work according to homeopaths? [closed]

Sugar pill claims The reasoning behind dilution, 'potentiation' and the memory of water is known to me, and there are several good arguments to be made against those 'theories'. But I can't really ...
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Any Scientific Basis for Neuro Linguistic Programming?

Over the years, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) has been creeping into popular culture. It is used by a lot of self-help gurus, and also in context of the right way to educate and learn (e.g., ...
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What risks exist with GMO, but not with selective breeding?

Anytime you hear Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) come up, someone always pipes in that it's perfectly safe because we've been doing it for thousands of years through selective breeding. ...
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Do we only use 10% of our brain?

I've heard claims that the average person uses only 10% of their "brain power," whatever that means. The implication, though, is that there the majority of our brain's potential is untapped. However, ...
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Do the Left Brain and Right Brain have different functions?

I've heard that the left brain controls the logical aspects of the thought and right brain controls the creative. Is there any truth to such claims?
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Is there any scientific support for psychoanalysis?

I listened to episode 140 of the The Psych Files podcast where the host, Michael Britt, tried to psychoanalyze Jack Lalanne and was left wondering whether there's any validity to it. I am under the ...
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Is it possible to “boost your immune system”?

I often hear claims that some activities, nutrients, ... "boost" your immune system. My understanding of the immune system is that it is a finely tuned machine with enormous destructive power. If ...
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Do human activities contribute to climate change?

There is lots of evidence that I have seen showing correlation between human activities and climate change but what evidence is there to support causation?
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Is there any scientific basis for Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD)?

I've heard a lot of people claiming they they have a disorder called Seasonal Affected Disorder. Is there any research that indicates this is an actual mental disorder?
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Are vegetables good for me?

From a young age, most people are told that vegetables are really good for you and you must eat them... But why? If I eat loads of vegetables for a week, and then the next week I eat nothing but ...
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Can positive thinking provide an improved outcome for an illness?

Sometimes you hear that a gravely ill patient "just gave up" and subsequently died. Many people put great value in the healing power of positive thinking, with the more cynical ones blaming a bad ...
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Are there benefits to the ECA stack for body-builders?

The use of the "ECA Stack" - ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin - has been common-place in body-building and weight-loss circles. (e.g. in 1999, 2% of the Danish population and 12 million US inhabitants ...
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Is the placebo effect a purely psychological effect?

The placebo effect plays a crucial role in clinical trials and in our understanding of medicine, but I have always had some difficulty in understanding how exactly it works. Is it a purely ...
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How dangerous is thiomersal (thimerosal)?

Some people blame the preservative thiomersal in vaccines for all kinds of illnesses, but mainly for autism. As thiomersal is a mercury compound, there is some plausibility in suspecting it may cause ...
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Does chamomile help you to relax?

What is the best evidence available relative to chamomile having relaxing effects? Some examples claims include: It is known for its relaxing and soothing properties It is a mild relaxant and, as ...
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Does water have a memory as claimed in homeopathy?

In homeopathic remedies the original substance is often diluted to a point where statistically there should be not a single molecule left of the original substance. The most common explanation by ...

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