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Does anybody spend 6 hours each day just to get water?

Aysha does, actually more than six hours, says UNICEF: How Long Does It Take to Get Water? For Aysha, Eight Hours a Day Worldwide, women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours — every day ...
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Can the molecular bond angle of water be changed via distillation?

The linked site mentions that this has been validated by the USPTO. Not true. John Ellis has a few patents on distillers that do not mention hydrogen bonds (from USPTO patent search site with search ...
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Can the molecular bond angle of water be changed via distillation?

There is a lot to unpack from that site; the majority of it seems to have little basis in reality. The short answer is that you cannot permanently change the hydrogen bond angle (104.5°) in water. ...
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As of May 2024, does the US state of Georgia prohibit "water to be available to you while you wait in line to vote in an election"?

Giving water directly is forbidden, self-service is allowed. This was also covered by Politifact as well as several news sources, such as Business Insider, referring to the Election Integrity Act, ...
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In California, is water from the north diverted into the Pacific Ocean?

Not an authoritative source , just a blogger, but a decent attempt to explain some of the cali water issues that's reasonably well sourced itself. California receives a total of 80 million acre-...
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Can you extract over 500 gallons of water from the air a day for a few cents per bottle?

Can you extract over 500 gallons of water from the air a day for a few cents per bottle? Well, first, the "500 gallons" part is an irrelevant distraction. If there's a machine that can extract 1 ...
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Does a vortex vessel affect water in these specific ways?

The nature of the device First of all a clarification. Their product, a jug which causes a vortex: is not a jug alone and the jug doesn't cause a vortex. This a magnetic stirrer. These devices ...
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Is there a place in the world where two oceans meet and they don't mix?

To answer your question, "Is there a place in the world where two oceans meet and they don't mix?" No, the water mixes it just isn't instantaneous. Saline, temperature differences, and pollutants can ...
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Can magnets be used to clean laundry?

"To me this seems complete nonsense." As it does to anyone that looks any further than the company's own advertising. McGill University's Office for Science and Society ("Separating Sense from ...
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Does dowsing (aka Water Divining) work?

Simply put, no. Dowsing (or Souciering) is no more effective than just guessing. Those who have shown better success are using other methods (like cheating) to pad their results. The Committee for ...
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Can anything be 'more hydrating than water'?

Question: Can anything be more hydrating than plain water? Short answer: Yes, fluids that contain certain amount of sugars and sodium can be more hydrating than plain water, which can be beneficial ...
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Can someone survive being swallowed by a whale?

Snopes rates this claim as false. "Did the man claim to be swallowed by a whale?" No. The article features the image of shirtless man that is claimed to be the fisherman, Luigi Marquez — but it ...
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Does drinking distilled water remove needed minerals from your body?

In summary: The available evidence suggests: Drinking distilled water in usual amounts in everyday life, which includes regular meals, does not likely remove needed minerals from the human body in ...
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Does atmospheric water contain minerals?

Yes, atmospheric water does contain small amounts of elements and minerals, and the types and amounts of minerals vary based on location. Unfortunately, since Scalene Aquaria's claim doesn't seem to ...
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Can Waterseer extract as much as 37 L per day from the air?

I can't give a complete answer.That would require original research and/or actually testing a unit for an extended period of time. But some of the statements on that page aren't correct and weaken ...
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Does cold water boil faster than hot water?

No, according to Scientific American - Is it true that hot water freezes faster than cold water or that cold water boils faster than hot water? It seems hard to believe, but some people swear that it ...
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Does boiling water with solid silver kill germs?

This World Health Orgainization report explores silver as a water disinfectant. It kills a wide variety of bacteria, and fungi without leaving a residue or many chemicals in the water. Silver has ...
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Is the water used in coal burning power plants "never returned to the environment"?

If I'm allowed a little pun on this, it seems the press release uses an America-first definition of environment. This is a study of water use for power generation in the US. Despite the shift in ...
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Do heavier people need to drink more water?

Newborn babies drink ~750 ml of milk: (45-90 milliliters) every 2-3 hours. So the claim The basic equation for determining this is by dividing your body weight in half. is certainly not true ...
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Can we find water with wood sticks?

Simply put, no. Dowsing (or Souciering) is no more effective than just guessing. Those who have shown better success are using other methods (like cheating) to pad their results. The Committee for ...
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Are the birth-control hormones present in the drinking water?

Yes, trace amounts of birth control medications, other medications, and household and industrial chemicals are really present in drinking water. According to the US Geological Survey study ...
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Would covering 10% of hydro-power reservoirs with solar panels generate as much power as fossil-fuel plants worldwide?

Technically possible. Do note, though, that getting a solar cell to produce its nameplate capacity is much harder than doing the same with a fossil fuel generator. The specific claim ("nearly 4,...
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Can boiling water break car windows?

It's not just boiling water, per se, but the extreme expansion of the glass if boiling water would be thrown into an ice-cold windshield that would cause the windshield to crack, break or shatter (...
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Does chlorine in water harm humans?

Quoted from this article on chlorine in water The EPA warns that levels that exceed the regulated amounts will be harmful. The agency’s conventions state that the allowable chlorine levels in ...
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Does salt (or sodium) not make you thirsty?

TLDR summary: the high-school science summary of thirst regulation (by salt) is correct, but it's quite incomplete as a thirst regulation mechanism in general. In (recent) animal research, faster ...
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Does drinking alkaline water help you recover from a hangover?

It's impossible to prove a study doesn't exist or is being misinterpreted if we don't know what study we're looking for, but the claim does look suspect. Authors of an article in The Annals of ...
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Is drinking collected rain water proven to be beneficial for your health?

Before rain hits the ground, it goes through the air and can pick up particles that you don't want to be drinking. How much of an issue this is will depend on where you are. Rain water in urban cities ...
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Is drinking collected rain water proven to be beneficial for your health?

Untreated rain water from well maintained roofs is generally safe to drink. Consumption of rainwater collected from ground catching systems without treatment is not recommended due to high levels of ...
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