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Was an Alaskan college student expelled three days after refusing to sell a landmark heating discovery to industry?

The law of conservation of energy says that energy can be neither created nor destroyed. Normally when we say that some machine, say an electric motor, is "85% efficient", we mean that 85% ...
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Are people with a PhD least likely to be vaccinated in the US?

The graph accurately represents the survey result but the survey cannot be taken as an accurate representation of the true position. If you follow the link to the paper that Unherd has you'll see the ...
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Did Hitler say this quote about education?

It is entirely possible that Hitler said something of the sort, although it is rather a stretch to say it is about homeschooling. The law making school attendance compulsory was actually passed in ...
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Did Elon Musk falsely claim to have a degree in science?

According to Ron Ozio (Director, Media Relations at UPenn) in an email on Plainsite: Elon Musk earned a B.A. in physics and a B.S. in economics (concentrations: finance and entrepreneurial management)...
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Was an Alaskan college student expelled three days after refusing to sell a landmark heating discovery to industry?

The footage of "Martin" in the video is actually of Taylor Wilson, a nuclear physicist and scientist who garnered attention in his teens for experimenting with nuclear fusion. The entire ...
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Are Democrats more likely to believe Astrology is a science?

Independently, Pew has discovered that a greater percentage of Democrats believe in astrology than Republicans: They include details on their survey methods. They did provide a definition of ...
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Did Hitler say this quote about education?

True. There are two claims to address: Is the quote real? Does it apply to home-schooling? Hitler did say that. It does also apply to home-schooling. It was the general principle of national-...
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Did Elon Musk falsely claim to have a degree in science?

The statements made in Wikipedia are backed up by reputable references, including Encyclopedia Britannica. By contrast the posts claiming that he lied are absolutely not reputable. They consist of a ...
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Do the most popular college books in the US include "The Communist Manifesto" & "The Republic"?

Source of Statistics The methodology behind the numbers is discussed on Open Syllabus' about page. A few key points: The data doesn't cover all courses in the US. They estimate their coverage at ...
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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

No House Bill 164 or the "Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019" has been passed by the House and awaits on a vote by the Senate. It covers several areas guaranteeing the freedom of religious ...
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Does West Virginia have higher literacy rates than states like New York, California and New Jersey?

Drawing from this raw data posted in the comments 21% of West Virginians are at or below Level 1 PIAAC competency, the ability to "locate a single piece of information that is identical to or ...
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Are US colleges awarding more A-scores?

Well I tracked down the origin of the claim: http://www.gradeinflation.com/ Specifically from [1]: The authors hypothesize the following to explain these results: On a national basis, the evolution ...
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Did the government of Florida reject all K-5 maths books, except for ones issued by a specific ex-employer of a colleague of the current governor?

The headline is slightly misleading, but the story is accurate. All approved books for regular K-5 math are published by Accelerate Learning. There are 3 approved books for accelerated math in 3rd ...
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Are people with a PhD least likely to be vaccinated in the US?

The survey has more than 98% non-response. What we're seeing here is selection bias: people who (claim to) have a PhD and are FaceBook users and responded to this survey are not representative of PhDs ...
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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

The Ohio House passed Bill 164 which says: No school district board of education, governing authority of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, governing body ...
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Did the ACLU prepare a lawsuit against The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem for gender discrimination?

The ACLU did not. A state-level affiliate of the ACLU, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), did. From an article written by Michael Meyers, who was involved with the NYCLU action against the ...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

YES That seems not only very plausible. There is very little reason to doubt. The actual, concrete picture may be just illustrative, manipulated, misattributed or the exact kindergarten picture ...
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In California, does it cost more to send someone to prison than to send them to Stanford?

As the image states, the data comes from the LA Daily News, specifically this article Last week, this news organization reported the cost of keeping an inmate in a California state prison hit the ...
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Did Chinese school textbook maps (c. 1951) "depict China as stretching even into the central Asian republics"?

Haven't yet located an actual school book from that time. But this is in line with old territorial claims of China, thus not really tying this "tradition" to either Tibet or "Red China&...
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Does Norway spend $29,726 on child care per toddler annually?

Following the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) links in the story, these numbers appear to be not generated by the New York Times, but straight from OECD's "Indicator ...
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Are people with a PhD least likely to be vaccinated in the US?

I'll add here that while the data is in the paper, the bar graph from UnHerd is not. The paper has this line graph instead: Indeed in May 2021 their data points to PhDs having the highest hesitancy, ...
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Do most black scientists come from non elite-universities?

According to the 1990-1995 National Science Foundation study on the origins of bachelor degrees in PhD-holding scientists and engineers, black scientists and engineers (PhD holders) have a ...
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Is there a bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of sexism, slavery, and racial segregation?

The only close match I can find for this language in recent bills of the Iowa legislature is HF 802, which was signed into law on June 8, 2021. If this is the bill that Fowler is talking about, then ...
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Does Norway spend $29,726 on child care per toddler annually?

As I suspect this is your real question, the NYT graph appears flawed as a USA vs Norway comparison in the following sense: Data for Norway appears pulled from that B2.3 graph in jeffronicus' answer,...
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Do only 49% of Americans know which country bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Richard Shenkman is taking his information from the 1997 book What Americans Know about Politics and why it Matters, and has corrected the statement in the 2010 version of his book. The 1997 book ...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

Inconclusive. The first instance of the image being on the internet was an anonymous Reddit post from 27 September 2018 that offered no proof of it being legitimate. The photo and Reddit link that @...
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Do people who like Lil Wayne score low in the SAT?

The source of this factoid is musicthatmakesyoudumb, a site run by an American software developer. His process was to, for each college, get the most popular artists according that college's student'...
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Does Steven Milloy hold the degrees he claims?

The degrees from Johns Hopkins appear to be consistent with university records. The JHU library archives its past commencement programs. On page 25 of the 1981 commencement program, under "Bachelors ...
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Is at least $70 million in health care costs in the USA directly attributable to low literacy?

Ironically, it appears that this claim has been badly mangled by the claimants due to poor literacy skills! Let's start with definitions. Here is how Health Literacy: A Review distinguishes between "...
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