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This image can be attributed to Pam Mullens a Canadian wildlife photographer sometimes going by the pseudonym EagleHunter. This image and other photos of eagles flying in interesting and unusual poses can be found on the eagle page of her portfolio site. I contacted Pam and she had this to say on the subject: I can tell you this image is real and not ...


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NO WAY! There are a few sticky issues here that I will try to address. First of all Mr. Akin is only talking about "legitimate rape" while not defining which rapes he considers legitimate. It could be the only rapes he considers legitimate are the ones where the victim doesn't get pregnant and if she does get pregnant, she must have been "asking for it," ...


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Trivially true, yes. It's more commonly called Miscarriage: Among women who know they are pregnant, the miscarriage rate is roughly 10% to 20%, while rates among all fertilisation is around 30% to 50%. If one includes failure of a blastocyst to implant in the uterine lining, the total number of "abortions" can be as high as 60%: A recent re-analysis ...


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The following has been disproven, based on this study: James J. Krupa. A CLASSROOM EXERCISE FOR TESTING URBAN MYTH: Does Wedding Rice Cause Birds To Explode or Were Ann Landers, Martha Stewart & Bart Simpson Wrong? The American Biology Teacher 67(4):223-230. 2005 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1662/0002-7685(2005)067[0223:ACEFTU]2.0.CO;2 In 2005, ...


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It's definitely possible for an eagle to be upside down during flight. Here's a Youtube video titled "Bald Eagle barrel roll". It shows some eagles playing or fighting or something and doing barrel1 rolls in the process. The picture you found could just be a well-timed photograph that happened during the middle of this eagle's roll. Here's a gif showing a ...


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I'm going to take a wild guess, and say the first time you heard of drop bears was from a recent Pharyngula post that mentioned them. I'm guessing a few people were introduced to the concept by that post. As both an Australian citizen and an avowed skeptic, this is a difficult question to answer. To spoil a traditional joke is seen as unaustralian. However, ...


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The claims people bring to this site never fail to impress! This is more false than it is true. Pepsi does not contain HEK-293 cells. HEK cells were used to test different kinds of sweeteners to determine their reaction. To repeat, people who drink Pepsi are not drinking anything that originally came from a human. (sources: Forbes, LifeSiteNews) HEK-293 ...


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Generally true. Some nuance applies, plus exceptions. It is generally true that eyes of predators are different than eyes of prey. Not only are the pupils sometimes different in the way suggested in the claim, but eye placement and some other factors are different as well. The general theory accepted by biologists is that predators tend to fixate on their ...


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A summary of recent evidence suggests: In children with initial low calcium intake, an increase in milk/dairy intake is associated with an increase in bone density. In adults, milk/dairy consumption is not or only weakly associated with lower risk of bone fractures. Basic explanation: 90% of peak bone mineral density (the amount of calcium and phosphorus ...


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I cannot speak to the viability of dying tusks, but it does appear that the photo cited in the question is a fake, as noted on the blog staintuskstostopelephantpoaching.wordpress.com. Here's the original photo for reference: This blog also houses what may be the original source of the proposal, with its first post dated Dec 29, 2012 Could we fight ...


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The "mad scientist" seems to be Anatoli V. Brouchkov, one of the authors of Draft Genome Sequence of Bacillus cereus Strain F, Isolated from Ancient Permafrost, detailing the organism's name as "Bacillus cereus Strain F", not "Bacillus F" as so commonly plagiarised in connection with this sensational news bait. Other subjects beyond what he did to himself ...


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This is a normal bird "thing". It's known as "whiffling": Whiffling is a term used in ornithology to describe the behavior whereby a bird rapidily descends with a zig-zagging, side-slipping motion. Sometimes to whiffle, a bird flies briefly with its body turned upside down but with its neck and head twisted 180 degrees around in a normal position. ... ...


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Finally, a question covering my nominal area of expertise. To answer this question meaningfully we'll need to define some concepts but first. Yes, sort of. The statement is factually correct for reasonable interpretations. So, on to the terms. I'll link to a more specific stackexchange to support the definitions Homology. To draw an analogy: If ...


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2. Was invented specifically for this purpose? 3. Has it ever been used as such? Short answer: No, Yes Long answer: In an article written by Una/Straight Dope the following is stated: Super glue, Krazy glue, Eastman 910 and similar glues are all a special type of glue called cyanoacrylates. Cyanoacrylates were invented in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover ...


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There does appear to be fairly solid research backing this claim. A summary page from UCLA: Sleep and Teens One change in the body during puberty is closely related to how you sleep. There is a shift in the timing of your circadian rhythms. Before puberty, your body makes you sleepy around 8:00 or 9:00 pm. When puberty begins, this rhythm shifts a couple ...


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The origins appear to be invented in some fan fiction. There's no reference to it in Google Scholar, which covers abstracts from a huge number of scientific papers. Cameron Miquelon claims to be the original author in about 1998, and is frustrated by people who can't tell the difference between fiction and fact: Alas, what’s truly astonishing is that in ...


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In short, we can assume that they do. There are two layers to this problem: whether crustaceans experience stimuli which could correspond to pain if those stimuli are effectively pain The second question is really hard to answer, and I would say, fundamentally philosophical. When does rubbing become scratching? So please bear in mind that I would find ...


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The following is true, look up: Dawe GS, Tan XW, Xiao ZC. Cell migration from baby to mother. Cell Adh Migr. 2007;1:19–27. [PMC free article] [PubMed] The scientific name of this process is called microchimerism, defined by another study as: the presence of cells originating from another individual therefore genetically distinct from the host cells, ...


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The 'cactus absorb radiation' meme is very widespread, but seems very short on detailed analysis. So let's start with some basic facts. None of the articles are explicit about what radiation they are talking about. However the only significant radiation emitted by computer monitors is electromagnetic radiation, which is all around us all the time, and in ...


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Yes. (Photo by James Gathany, Public Health Image Library (PHIL), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) But it could be worse. Most blood-sucking insects urinate while they feed so they can avoid filling up on fluid and get more nutrients out of their meal But some species of mosquito also do what is called preurination — they excrete drops ...


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The use of Carbon-14 for dating is not completely precise. In general, 500 years is the minimum and 50,000 years is the maximum due to the need to calibrate for background C-14 levels, and to have sufficient breakdown to establish the half-life proportions but not so much that the sample is too small to measure. That said, they're using Carbon-14 dating on ...


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The Australia and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion has published a document entitled Guidelines for the Administration of Blood Products, which specifically deals with recommended practice for transfusions, rather than simply biological theory. Section 5.4 is entitled "Emergency red cells" and states: In critical bleeding, and at the discretion ...


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There is at least one organisation that dyes Rhino Tusks pink, although there are also plenty of doctored photographs of that too. The Rhino Rescue Project has a dye which, while harmless to the rhino, gives a very bad reaction to humans, including nausea and vomiting. The dye renders the horn useless for "medicine" and ornamental use because of this, but ...


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No, this is not an image of "myosin dragging a ball of endorphins". As you suspected, it is showing kinesin walking up a microtubule. The reason the animated GIF looks uncannily similar to the Inner Life of The Cell video is because it was created by the same artist of the same subject material. The company behind the animation, Art of the Cell has a blog ...


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tl;dr- This claim is true. It may sound weird that some biological males are castrated and then raised as though they were female, however it's been done to address a birth defect where genitals aren't properly formed. A recent survey suggests that this practice is in decline. Other studies show that sex-specific biology affects behavior in ways that ...


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There is nothing about bat evolution that is a threat to the theory of evolution. First, the part of the claim that speaks of "moth-like wings" is not what elongated digits would look like. They might look more like those of a tarsier: Source: http://tarsieruk.homestead.com/tarsier.html#anchor_113 Second, the claim that there is no incremental benefit in ...


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Race is not meaningless. But it is not a very effective way of dividing people's genetic identity. The idea that race has been shown to be a biologically meaningless concept was popularized by Richard Lewontin. From the Wikipedia article on Race and Genetics (which you may find more helpful than the general one on Race): In 1972 Richard Lewontin ...


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Well, your data (and the website you quote) is a bit out of date, we can do much more now. In 2010, Dr. Craig Venter actually used a bacterial shell and wrote DNA for it. Thus we have gone beyond the viruses mentioned in the 2002 paper. Scientists have created the world's first synthetic life form in a landmark experiment that paves the way for designer ...


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