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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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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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Was the wheel invented before the wall?

So, this extraordinary claim has been getting a lot of publicity lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQKrfGCd7I8 They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall. And ...
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Are light-on-dark colour schemes for computer screens better for programmers?

There is somewhat general scientific agreement that in general case for reading, dark text on light background is more readable than light on dark. However, most studies have shown that dark ...
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Does drinking diluted chlorine dioxide protect against COVID-19?

I read a bit about drinking diluted chlorine dioxide (e.g. 12mg/L) as a supposedly protective means against COVID-19. Apparently it is a widespread belief in Latin America, especially on social media, ...
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Are these 'French children held at gun point'?

I've come across this post on facebook several times now. The video shows a group of young people kneeling on the ground with police around them. The text attached is as follows: School children in ...
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Did Bill Gates say that vaccines and health care could reduce the population growth by 10-15%?

I have seen the quote below on numerous sites (example), always being attributed to Bill Gates and treated as an admission of his malicious purposes, basically proving that his vaccination programmes ...
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Did Colorado replace any 420 mile markers with a 419.99 mile marker to deter theft?

This claim has been circulating on Facebook: Although marijuana is now legal in Colorado, I don't see any particular attraction to mile markers from this state, as US mile markers are pretty standard-...
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Was there a diorama at the Chicago Museum of Science where children could play shooting at a Vietnamese village?

In books and interviews, Noam Chomsky recalls that during the Vietnam War a diorama of a Vietnamese village was built at the Chicago Museum of Science where "children were supposed to come and ...
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Does continuous drinking of lemon juice have any negative effect on bones?

I came across a blog post from a beauty blog titled Beware: Lemons Can Harm You In Ways You Didn't Know. [Archived Page] One of the points mentioned was The continuous use of lemon juice can actually ...
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Were illegally immigrating children held in cages during the Obama administration?

Were children separated from their parents when they were caught on the Mexican border by US officials as illegal immigrants before Trump's introduction of zero tolerance immigration policy? I wasn't ...
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Could someone who sent a letter in 19th century London expect a reply within 2 hours?

The official QI Twitter account (@qikipedia) today said the following: If you sent a letter in 19th century London you could expect a reply within 2 hours Is there any merit to this claim?
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Does this video show a water droplet in gravitational orbit?

Andrew Rader, an author and engineeer, tweeted a GIF video showing a droplet of water rotating around some sort of probe. Everything has gravity - here's a droplet of water orbiting a needle in 0G....
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Do rusty nail wounds cause tetanus?

My Mother and aunties always asked with alarm how I got even a minor scratch when I was young. If an injury was caused by anything rusty, I was to be transported immediately to the doctor for a "...
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Did Charlie Chaplin lose a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest?

I heard this several times, is it really true or just a joke/rumor? The claim is, that "Charlie Chaplin once only came second in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest". source
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Are female surgeons less likely to kill you?

A 2017 article in The Times has the following headline: Female surgeons less likely to kill you, study finds The article reports: Patients operated on by a woman are less likely to die within a ...
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Do Danish and Canadian militaries exchange gifts on a disputed island?

The following image is circulating on LinkedIn: There is an island which is disputed territory between Canada and Denmark. The militaries of both countries periodically visit to remove the other ...
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As of February 2019, were US wages rising at the “fastest pace in decades”?

The President of the USA, Donald Trump, told during his "State of the Union address" speech on 5th February 2019, that [...] wages in America are rising at the fastest pace in decades Source: at ...
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Did Einstein say this quote about war & patriotism?

Can this quote be correctly attributed to Albert Einstein? If so, can we have a source for it? He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already earned my contempt. He has been given a ...
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Did Steve Mnuchin's OneWest Bank foreclose on a 90-year-old woman's house after a 27-cent payment error?

Politico reports: Two years ago, OneWest filed foreclosure papers on the Lakeland, Florida, home of Ossie Lofton, who had taken a reverse mortgage, a loan that supplies cash to elderly homeowners ...
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Is the US federal government still paying Civil War survivor benefits?

I read an article claiming that the US federal government is still paying out a Civil War survivor pension today, over 150 years after the Civil War ended. Is this accurate? In 1924, Mose Triplett,...
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Did NOAA publish a fake map with temperature data it doesn't have?

At the Deplorable Climate Science Blog, he claims that this map was published: When this is the reality The map above (the first map) is fake. NOAA has almost no temperature data from Africa, and ...
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Was an elderly woman forcibly euthanized in the Netherlands?

A disturbing story appeared on my news feed this week, Elderly Woman Forcibly Euthanized The article says that in the Netherlands an elderly woman with dementia was euthanized against her will. ...
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Is this picture of a bent propeller genuine?

This picture has been floating around the internet recently: Is it a genuine picture or photo-shopped? Or perhaps its some sort of optical illusion similar to the wagon wheel effect?
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Is the curtain behind Obama in this picture a “muslim prayer curtain”?

I've been shown this image a few times: Naturally, it's a little ridiculous, because there are surely at least a thousand pictures of him near an American flag. But it is making a claim that the ...
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Will the healthcare premiums of a 64 year old making $26,500 a year grow to $14,600 under the GOP Health Care Plan?

This picture was posted on the Facebook page, The Other 98%. Is this really true? Will the premium be more than half of the income of a 64 year old under the proposed new system? And is the old ...
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Do blacks in the US get arrested more often for drug usage despite using drugs at the same rate as whites?

Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk says in this YouTube video that The studies show that as well. Blacks and whites use drugs at the same rate but black people get arrested way more often for it. Is it ...
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Do researchers receive no income from revenues arising from their published papers?

According to this article Meet the Robin Hood of Science (about the creator of a website to bypass paper access restrictions and paywalls), Elbakyan made a point that will likely come as a shock to ...
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Is this photo of a road detouring around a tree authentic?

This image has been widely shared. It has appeared on my Facebook wall after a recent event in Australia where a sacred tree was chopped down to make way for a new road. It was offered as an example ...
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Are most terrorists Muslim?

Those arguing for more profiling quite frequently claim that while not all Muslims are terrorists, most terrorists are muslim. Is there data to show that more than 50% of terrorists attacks can be ...
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Are there vaccine ingredients which may not be disclosed (“hidden”, “trade secret”, or similar)?

I sometimes encounter people claiming that there are ingredients in vaccines that can be kept secret by the manufacturer. I would be surprised to hear this, because the manufacturers have to conduct ...
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Is drinking water during a meal bad for you?

I have heard that it will "wash away the nutrients", that it dilutes stomach acid and all kinds of things. Is this just an old-wives tale?
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Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle prank 12 men into fleeing their countries?

Purportedly, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — creator and author of Sherlock Holmes series — sent a telegram to 12 men “…of great virtue and respected in society.” The telegram read “Flee! All has been ...
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Did the U.S. Army treat a President's cold using chlorine gas?

Several texts on the history of chemical warfare mention the story that in May 1924 the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service (CWS) treated President Calvin Coolidge for a severe cold with chlorine. For ...
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Did Einstein say “if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough”?

A very popular quote attributed to Albert Einstein but did he really say it? If so, what is the original document containing the original explanation of it?
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Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 while U.S. emissions have fallen?

The following meme has been shared circa Dec 2019 on social media and several blogs: The text reads: China's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000: +208% India's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000: +155% ...
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Did Donald Trump file for bankruptcy four times?

In the CNN's Republican debate broadcasted in Sept 2015, Carly Fiorina said the following to Donald Trump: There are a lot of us Americans who believe that we're going to have trouble someday ...
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Does fossil fuels use since 1990 account for half of all the fossil fuels used in history?

This recent claim appeared on Twitter: If you are 29, you’ve been alive when half of all the fossil fuels ever burned throughout all of human history have been burned The source appears to be an ...
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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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Is the Gregorian calendar the “most accurate calendar ever devised”?

This statement comes from a Joe Rogan show episode where he chats to Neil de Grasse Tyson. His statement is about the Gregorian calendar, and goes as follows: "Point is, this was hard-earned, and ...
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Do Milankovitch Cycles fully explain climate change?

The Milankovitch Cycles is the effect on the climate caused by variations in astronomical movements by the Earth relative to the Sun. A recent Natural News article attributes of the recent effects of ...
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Did more people use the DC Metro transit system on the day of Trump's inauguration than on the day of Obama's second inauguration (in 2013)?

On 21 Jan 2017, the White House called a press conference where the press secretary accused the media of "deliberately false reporting" on two issues of which the number of people attending President ...
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Was the Roman knowledge of how to build aqueducts lost?

In a TED interview, Elon Musk stated: People are mistaken when they think that technology just automatically improves. It does not automatically improve. It only improves if a lot of people work very ...
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Does Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) exist?

A recent article from Daily Mail cited the case of a woman claiming to be allergic to Wi-Fi, and that it could even kill her. This claim sounded ridiculous and absurd to me. Quoting parts of the exact ...
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Is this a photo of Margaret Hamilton standing next to Apollo Project code that she wrote?

The image below is widely circulated on Facebook: The caption says: Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer of the Apollo Project, stands next to the code she wrote by hand and that was used to ...
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Was the Brazilian Zika virus outbreak centered in a place where GMO mosquitoes were released?

A blogger claims: By July 2015, shortly after the GM mosquitoes were first released into the wild in Juazeiro, Brazil, Oxitec proudly announced they had “successfully controlled the Aedes aegypti ...
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Do Ostriches bury their heads in the sand

I have always believed that Ostriches when frightened bury their heads in the sand. Upon closer re-examination of this belief, I came to the following conclusions: Ostriches typically live in arid ...
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Is Wikipedia reliable?

I ask this question because in school, students are always told "do not quote wikipedia" or that "Do not believe everything you see on Wikipedia, we are teachers and we know when something is wrong ...
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Does milk make your bones stronger?

It's a common notion that milk makes bones stronger; milk contains calcium and bones contain calcium. But obviously it's not the case that calcium ingested is immediately deposited into bones. In fact,...
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Have four out of five systematic reviews concluded that homeopathy works? [duplicate]

In this article in the Guardian, Rachel Roberts claims that: "Five major systematic reviews have also been carried out to analyse the balance of evidence from RCTs [randomized controlled trials] ...

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