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No. Unless... The cat is healthy and more than ~seven-weeks old. If dropped from a height of more than ~1.5 feet and less than ~700 feet. The vertical velocity of the cat is less than ~60 mph (terminal velocity for cats). A cat dropped upside-down turns over very rapidly - in fact, it will do so within its own standing height. “How does a cat ...


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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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Source From National Geographic: Ostriches don't bury their heads in the sand—they wouldn't be able to breathe! But they do dig holes in the dirt to use as nests for their eggs. Several times a day, a bird puts her head in the hole and turns the eggs. So it really does look like the birds are burying their heads in the sand! From the ...


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No, at the altitudes that airplanes fly at, you can suffer brain damage form hypoxia. The brain requires a constant flow of oxygen to function normally. A hypoxic-anoxic injury, also known as HAI, occurs when that flow is disrupted, essentially starving the brain and preventing it from performing vital biochemical processes. Hypoxic refers to a partial ...


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The question is way too wide to be answered here in full, however I gathered some evidence for you to get you started. Websites Evowiki.org seems to incorporate a significant portion of the content of TalkOrigins.org (below), and continues to be updated. Evowiki is also presented in the more contemporary MediaWiki format. TalkOrigins.org is an archive of ...


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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 throughly debunked canard by creationists. Look up in the sky on a sunny day, and look at an incredible source of energy for the earth. For a basic primer on evolution, go to this page and then avail yourself of the many links available. You do seem to have a severe case of misunderstanding and just plain bad information that you have been ...


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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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There is ample scientific explanations for the physiological reactions that people experience. From PubMed (my emphasis): The Near-Death Experience (NDE) is a dissociative mental state with characteristic features. These can be reproduced by ketamine which acts at sigma sites and blocks N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) linked phencyclidine (PCP) receptors to ...


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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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Ants are remarkable for waging war and enslaving and cultivating other species. You may also be interested in a paper documenting ants being hostile to their neighbors.


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When Darwin developed the theory of evolution by natural selection, he was at that time not able to identify the underlying mechanism responsible for the hereditary of traits. Of course, the hereditary of traits is something we can directly observe, and exploiting such a mechanism is exactly what a person breeding dogs, horses or roses does. The discovery ...


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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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Here's a primary source, a research done on Honey Bees: The bee's response to the first (alerting) stimulus strengthens her guarding stance; for instance the abdomen is raised, possibly with the sting protruded, and the antennae are waved. In addition, the bee may recruit other bees to guard activity, by entering the colony with her sting chamber open ...


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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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These are quotes from Lynn B Jorde's & Stephen P Wooding's paper Genetic variation, classification and 'race'. Genetic variation is geographically structured, as expected from the partial isolation of human populations during much of their history. Because traditional concepts of race are in turn correlated with geography, it is inaccurate ...


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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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Source CNN article from 2010: Fingerprint mutilation on the rise, but it's practically pointless According to Stephen G. Fischer Jr., a spokesman for the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services, methods of fingerprint mutilation can vary depending on the circumstance and the criminal. "It can go from people chewing on fingers, using ...


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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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