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Did the study mentioned by "The virginity fraud" TEDx Talk happen?

See Genital Anatomy in Pregnant Adolescents: “Normal” Does Not Mean “Nothing Happened” Pediatrics, January 2004, volume 113, pages e67-e69. METHODS The purpose of this study was to summarize the ...
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Did Benjamin Franklin perform an experiment by flying a kite in a lightning storm?

There is Frankin's letter of Oct 1 1752 saying that the kite experiment was performed successfully in Philadelphia, which was read to and published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal ...
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Is the story of the Fourth Cookie true?

An experiment like the one described happened. How accurate that depiction is of what actually happened is unknown, as no paper was ever published covering the study and now the details are lost to ...
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Did the "Russian Sleep Experiment" happen?

The story claims, The abdominal organs below the ribcage of all four test subjects had been removed. While the heart, lungs and diaphragm remained in place, the skin and most of the muscles attached ...
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Is Feynman's claim about the history of measurements of the charge of the electron after Millikan accurate?

No. A much more accurate account is in THE CHARGE OF THE ELECTRON (1935): In 1929 Prof. R. T. Birge (reference 1) published an acutely critical and masterly survey of our knowledge of the ...
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Did a prisoner die from a needle prick when he was told that it was a snake bite?

There is a set of very old urban legends - fictional stories that are widely believed and passed around as true - which are closely related to this story. In the book The Lore of Scotland: A Guide to ...
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Experiments about the "power of thoughts" on cooked rice

This article from The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry attempts to replicate Emoto's experiment in a properly scientifically controlled manner (with some small caveats), reaching an obvious non-...
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Can blood transfusions lead to neurologic rejuvenation?

Apparently, yes. The same study seems to be discussed here in a radio format. A predecesor group, from Stanford, saw the same thing (see TED talk here.) At first glance, another separate demonstration ...
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Can blood transfusions lead to neurologic rejuvenation?

Quoting Megan Scudellari in the Nature Article 'Ageing research: Blood to blood', "For now, any claims that young blood or plasma will extend lifespan are false: the data are just not there. An ...
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