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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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Does staring at the sun cause significant, permanent harm?

Of course, I think I can safely assume if an eye is left pointing directly towards sun for a long period of time it does get major damage. However, staring at the sun also hurts very quickly. That ...
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Do mobile phones have anything to do with brain cancer?

Is there evidence for a correlation between the use of mobile phones and the occurence of brain cancer? If yes, is there also evidence for causality?
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Did sailors mistake sea cows for mermaids?

I've heard theories that mermaid sightings were the result of sex-starved sailors mistaking manatees, dugongs or Steller's sea cows for beautiful women. History.com claims Columbus did this, "How I ...
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Is homosexuality innate?

There is a widespread belief that one chooses to be a homosexual, and that people can successfully overcome such feelings. On the other hand, some scientific studies have shown that finger length may ...
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Can drilling for geothermal energy trigger a major earthquake?

I remember reading about this geothermal project being cancelled due to concerns over (relatively) small seismic events caused by the drilling. Have there been any instances of, or reasonable ...
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Can standing in front of a microwave oven give you cancer?

I was heating up some lunch in the microwave oven at work a few weeks ago, and peered into the window to see if my soup was bubbling yet. At that point a coworker walked into the lunch room and ...
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Profiling in criminal cases

Criminal profiling is very popular in fictional crime shows, but also used in reality. A profiler uses the known data about the case to create a profile of the person that commited the crime. This ...
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Can running a fan while sleeping in a closed room cause death?

It is a widely held belief in South Korea that you can suffocate if you leave a fan running in a closed room while you sleep. Is there any truth or science behind this? (See Wikipedia on Fan Deaths)
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Is global economic production sufficient to feed, clothe and educate everyone?

Is there enough food produced annually to provide a subsistence diet for the entire population of Earth? (Bonus points for data involving shelter, clothing or education.) This question was inspired ...
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Can Melatonin lead to a result in weight loss?

Recently, someone mentioned he had started taking melatonin at night, and in the afternoon. At night is common as it helps some to sleep. He began taking it during the day to see if there would be an ...
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Anaesthesia awareness: fact or myth?

It is usually phrased like a horror story: a patient feels like being trapped in a corpse, unable to move or scream and feeling intense pain, but surgeons continue to operate not noticing that patient ...
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Can swimming after having eaten make you drown?

Some people, including my mom, believe that it's very dangerous to bathe after having eaten without waiting approximately 1 hour (the amount of time depends on what you have eaten). I have two ...
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Is food cooked in a microwave oven harmful for the health?

A colleague of mine just made a comment about cooking food in a microwave oven. According to him it is considered to be harmful to one's health. Is it true?
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Can we grow enough crops to feed all people on Earth?

Vegetarianism is heavily promoted. But let's say all people on Earth stop eating animal products. Can we grow enough crops so all people on the Earth are provided with enough healthy, nutritious food? ...
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Are there any viable shortcuts to stop smoking?

A variety of treatments are purportedly available to aid in quitting smoking. What are effective, scientifically proven ways to quit smoking? In particular, is any treatment significantly better ...
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Does it take 200L of water to make a latte?

I just saw this Youtube clip that claims it takes 200L of water to make a latte. Is that true?
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Do antioxidants have health benefits?

I recently read an article on Yahoo (but have seen them other places) that claim antioxidants are very important and have health benefits. One article even talked about antioxidants ability to ...
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Can an average person be involuntarily hypnotised?

Often hypnotism is accomplished by convincing an audience member to play along, or by selecting out someone who is suggestible. Can an average person be involuntarily hypnotised? Update: Let us ...
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Do food additives ("E Number") cause hyperactivity?

E numbers are number codes for food additives that are used in the European Union. Some of the substances are banned in some countries while still allowed in others - see E110, E122, E129, etc. Some ...
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Has anyone died from tampered candy at Halloween?

Year after year parents are bombarded with all of the risks of trick or treating. Razor blades in apples, poisoned candy, etc. Even the CDC warns against eating anything homemade or before a parent ...
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If you shave or wax, will the hair grow back stronger or thicker?

Many people believe that if you shave or - especially - wax your legs, arms, chest, pubic hair or armpits then the hair will grow back stronger, or thicker, or more black, or more rapidly, or any ...
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Is smoking weed bad for your health?

Some people believe that smoking marijuana (without any tobacco) is harmful to your health and may cause problems. Examples of things I've heard weed supposedly causes: All the health problems of ...
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Is talking and driving more dangerous than any other type of distraction?

Are there any studies that demonstrate that talking on a cell phone is more dangerous than any other type of distraction? Yes, it seems clear that talking on a cell phone is a distraction, but for ...
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What experiment can I use to show that magnets do not 'make you stronger'? [closed]

Related to the question on whether magnets work or not: My brother-in-law purchased a magnetic bracelet and swears that it works in making him more 'balanced' and 'stronger'. To prove it's effects ...
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Is it unsafe to swim during a lightning storm?

I was cautioned by mom that I mustn't go swimming when there is lightning; the theory is that it is more likely for lightning to hit you when you are in the water. Is this fear justified?
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Do we have enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all of humanity?

I have heard several claims that we have enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all of humanity, but has anyone actually done an exact calculation of whether we do? The claim includes: All of the ...
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What risk do pole reversals pose to human civilization?

What are the chances that the magnetic poles of earth will switch during the next decade? If the event were to occur, what would be the effect to our civilization? Would computer hard drives get ...
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When did people first know the Earth was a sphere?

I've heard it numerous times, that in the old days people thought that the world was flat. Most commonly I heard this in connection with the voyage of Columbus, that he believed the earth to be a ...
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Is hypnotherapy an effective treatment for addiction, anxiety, phobias and other psychological disorders?

According to this article found on the University of Maryland Medical Center website: ...problems or conditions that may respond to hypnotherapy include: Irritable bowel syndrome, Tension ...
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Does water swirl the opposite way on the other hemisphere?

I have heard this one several times but was never given a convincing explanation. Is this a real phenomenon? (Bonus points for a good physical description of the behavior or reasons it couldn't occur....
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Does reading about cognitive biases improve reasoning?

Is there scientific evidence that people who read a list of cognitive biases in a psychology book or in Wikipedia improve their reasoning abilities. Is there evidence that they will less likely fall ...
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How many of the facts in an average newspaper article are true?

A while ago there was a study that compared the amount of factual mistakes in Wikipedia to the amount of factual mistakes in Britannica. Are there similar studies that count the average number of ...
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Do plant sterols prevent prostate cancer?

Not a day goes by without me hearing a "super mega beta prostate" (or some other similar product) commercial. Super Beta Prostate is a natural prostate supplement made with beta-sitosterol designed ...
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Does this photo of the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall show a ghost?

Are there any ghosts that are captured on photos? More specifically, I'm referring to this famous ghost picture of the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall: I've never heard anyone debunking the myth of this ...
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Is salt "white death"?

Salt is sometimes known as "white death" due to the belief that an excess intake of salt can cause substantial damage to health. What evidence exists to support or contradict the idea that excess ...
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Can earthquakes be triggered thousands of miles away?

I read on an Answers Website: "While tectonic plates are independent, some scientists believe that a seismic event thousands of miles away can trigger another seismic event. (So, some ...
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Does watching television damage the eyes?

Is there any evidence that watching television for too long or while sitting too close weakens the eyes (leading to myopia, for example) ?
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Is a kill switch being considered to shut down the internet?

One of my friends has been particularly upset about this. I will try to track down a serious citation of someone making this claim but have been unable to do so. I believe there is a commission or ...
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Is acupuncture an effective treatment?

What evidence is there for or against acupuncture being an effective treatment?
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Is race a discredited scientific concept in biology?

I've heard lots of people say things like "race doesn't exist" and "race has no biological meaning." On the other hand, I've heard lots of disagreements too, from scientific popularizers like Steven ...
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What is the latest scientific consensus on megadoses of Vitamin C?

Vitamin C megadoses were first championed by extraordinary chemist and physicist Linus Pauling, I believe, and as prescription for good health they gained by association with him. I have read ...
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Link between runny noses and rhinoviral infections

Trying to answer another question about the link between the winter temperatures and catching the common cold, I remembered something one of my tutors said, namely that 'we catch more viruses when it ...
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Do short pictures as subliminal messages work?

Can an image flashed in the middle of a video for a single frame (as in this hoax by Vicary), induce a specific behavior in people? An example would be the supposed use of this to get people in ...
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How were the pyramids built?

It is claimed in many different pseudoscience publications and sites that it was impossible for the ancient Egyptian civilization to build the pyramids, because: too much labour was needed it was ...
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Does Fermi's paradox imply that civilizations will self destruct inevitably in a short time?

We should be able to estimate the number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy according to the Drake equation: By plugging in realistic values we obtain the result ...
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