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In the US, were clover lawns common until a supposed smear campaign by Roundup?

Clover was undesirable in US lawns prior to the invention of Roundup. Roundup (glyphosate aka N-phosphonomethylglycine) was invented in 1971. However, in Suggested Guide for Weed Control 1967 ...
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In the US, were clover lawns common until a supposed smear campaign by Roundup?

You have it half-right, but to get the whole story, we have to go back to World War II. Insect-related diseases were a huge problem in every war before WWII, and often killed more soldiers than the ...
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Did children in Ethiopia hack Android in five months?

Others, including Negroponte's own associate, have disputed the factual accuracy of his explanation. At an OLPC summit [and] in conversations with Negroponte’s collaborator Maryanne Wolf ... I heard ...
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Is there an EU regulation which says flags must be from non-flamable material?

Yes. There are a number of different fire safety standards that might apply in this case. Unfortunately, there is no single flammability standard for upholstery or vertical surface fabrics which has ...
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Do aluminum-based antiperspirants cause cancer?

Research data does not have conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer. Researchers at the National Cancer ...
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Do nano silver bead laundry mashers effectively clean laundry?

It's a Laundry Ball. This is a very popular fake product, well-documented in the linked wikipedia article. The central question to ask for any laundry ball is, "Is this product better than ...
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In the US, were clover lawns common until a supposed smear campaign by Roundup?

According to Ted Steinberg in American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn (2006): There was only one problem with 2,4-D. It killed clover, one of the most useful “weeds” found in the ...
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Can you sharpen scissors by cutting Aluminum foil?

I could not find experimental evidence, but the majority of people on a sharpening forum seem to agree that it will not work. https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/sharpening-scissors-with-aluminum-foil....
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Are sardines farmed?

Like most saltwater species, sardines are not farmed in any significant number. Marine fishes accounted for only 2.8 percent of the world aquaculture production tonnage in 2017, according to this ...
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If I buy "flushable" wipes, can I flush them without problems?

This website from ThamesWater (a water management company in UK) states that they are not flushable, and even shows you why. Other sources tell the same story: https://www.lanesfordrains.co.uk/...
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Do certain fruit combinations ripen faster?

Ethylene definitely has a role in the ripening of fruit. Ethylene and fruit ripening is a scientific paper that discusses the chemical mechanisms of ripening fruit. From the paper: The ripening of ...
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Do Duracell batteries last longer than normal batteries?

Zinc-Carbon and Alkaline batteries are different battery types. The have a similar voltage and come packaged identically, however the amount of stored energy varies greatly. Comparison of battery ...
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Can the GoBe devices measure your caloric intake?

How do they claim this works? In their own words The History and Technology Behind Healbe GoBe: Algorithm owes its success in part to the active use of Inventive Problem Solving Theory (TRIZ) in ...
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Is Pepsin from pigs being used for cheesemaking in the United States?

As background, the Kraft letter in the OP has been truncated. The letter was from Ellen Schwarzbach of Kraft to a vegetarian group sometime prior to 1997 and continues after the portion quoted in the ...
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Did the ancient Egyptians call aloe vera "the plant of immortality"?

Well, actually, the headline of that article is almost correct, but by accident. It was not the ancient Egyptians who considered aloe a symbol of vitality, but the Egyptians of 1825, according to an ...
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Do fruits and vegetables sold in supermarkets taste worse than those grown on local farms?

Yes it is true that some fruits such as raspberries and vegetables such as spinach in supermarkets taste different, when compared to local farms and farmers markets since most varieties of fruits and ...
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Is Casey Neistat's video of himself flying under a drone genuine?

I'm not sure exactly what evidence you would need, but watch the rebuttal video Bakuriu linked to, made by the team who produced the original, and with commentary listing the technical specifications (...
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Do many commonly consumed food items in Australia have the halal certification emblem on them?

Halalsquare maintains a list of Halal-certified foods in Australia. To appear on their database food has to be either certified by a certification company, or intrinsically Halal-safe, based on ...
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Does the Black Rhodium Stream/Titan Power Cable provide improved sound quality to hi-fi systems?

Does cable xxx provide improved sound quality to hifi system? I say no for me, and perhaps yes for you. This is a very long running issue in Hifi circuits. There are lots of published comparisons -- ...
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Are artificial sweeteners linked to strokes and dementia?

I'm very doubtful, as KAI noted, not even the researchers are speaking of this study with certainty. NCBI, which is extremely reputable notes "evidence does not support links between aspartame and ...
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Do vinegar or salt prevent the cloth colors from bleeding?

Salt has been used as a mordant (dye-fixer) for ages. Packs of RIT brand dye suggest adding salt (or vinegar, for synthetics) to the dye bath to help the color set. https://www.ritdye.com/techniques/...
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Are cheap scallops made from flounders or stingrays?

In short, this looks unlikely. This article in the Chicago Tribune dates from 1994, but it states that: The National Fisheries Institute is not aware of any cases of intentionally mislabeling "any ...
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Was it only Johnson & Johnson which hid the link between its Talcum powder and Cancer risk?

The ingredient is talc itself. Quoting from cancer.org: Many studies in women have looked at the possible link between talcum powder and cancer of the ovary. Findings have been mixed, with some ...
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Are people more careless with their mobile phones when an upgrade is due?

Tech Digest Seems to disagree. The research also revealed that 41% of those with a broken mobile admit they have not bothered fixing it because they are still able to make and receive phone calls, ...
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Is there formaldehyde in the glue of bamboo cutting boards? Is it dangerous?

Evidence: Formaldehyde is an industrial chemical used to make other chemicals and products including chewing gums. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): Formaldehyde can be released into ...
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Is there formaldehyde in the glue of bamboo cutting boards? Is it dangerous?

In American Woodworker Sep-Oct 1993 there is an article A Guide to Glues by Curtis Johnson "biochemist at Oregon State University". In the article he says: ...urea-formaldehyde glues, are my ...
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Do certain fruit combinations ripen faster?

In re [Sklivvz:] Guys, I'm challenging a widely repeated claim and provide a few examples. A scientific study of the ripening effects of apples or bananas is enough to answer it. I really really don'...
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Is looking at an IR transmitter bad for your eyes?

Take a look at the spectrum for sunlight. About half of the energy emitted by the sun is infrared (see citation 6). Some of this is attenuated by the atmosphere, but approx. 30% of the 1000 watts of ...
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