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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 — collecting water. It’s a colossal waste of their valuable time. Thirteen-year-old Aysha, in Afar, Ethiopia, must trudge eight hours, round trip, to ...


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Europe Belgium has no law regulating it (Dutch link). In Finland there is no law regulating it. France has a law to provide free tap water when serving a meal at a restaurant. (see here). Almost all restaurants in France accept to server free water (and free bread). Germany does not legally mandate free tap water. Restaurant owners are free to decide ...


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Kent Smith, a.k.a Flickr user kentsmith9 claims to be the original photographer of this image. He writes: I thought this was the most unusual thing I saw on the Alaskan cruise in the water. These two bodies of water were merging in the middle of the Alaskan gulf and there was a foam developing only at their junction. I thought this was an example of ...


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By most standards, the answer is no. A navy, strictly defined, is an armed force for prosecuting warfare on bodies of water. The Walt Disney Company has no known ships that would meet this definition. For the sake of discussion, of course, we'll take navy as a jocular synonym for fleet, giving them a foot in the door. A second consideration is that a navy ...


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Yes. As published in "Do Fish Fall from the Sky?" Science vol. 109 page 402, On October 23, 1947, biologist Alexander Dimitrivitch Bajkov, PhD was eating breakfast with his wife at a restaurant in Marksville, Louisiana when the waitress told them that fish were falling from the sky. ...J. E. Gremillion, and two merchants, E. A. Blanchard and J. M. ...


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Politifact gave this old story about the Nazis and fluoride a "Pants On Fire" rating: "Truth about fluoride doesn't include Nazi myth" ...We tracked down roots of these claims on the Web, reached out to Holocaust historians, contacted well-known critics of water fluoridation, and read book excerpts and magazine articles and news stories. And we can tell ...


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Typically No, but it depends on the dose. The World Health Organisation released a fairly comprehensive report (PDF Warning) called "Fluoride in Drinking-water" that covers this topic. I apologise for quoting so extensively from this report, but, well, it's excellent. I'd suggest anyone that is skeptical, have a look at the report and the (many) papers it ...


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As a scuba diver I can assure you it's possible. One thing you need to do to get your licence is to breathe from a stream of bubbles from a free-flowing (faulty) regulator. That kind of fault causes the air to flow freely from the air tank, generating a major stream of bubbles. By placing your mouth over that stream you can breathe from it. Even though we ...


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No, you do not drink water before you feel thirsty. Source - Mythbusting sports and exercise products, British Medical Journal Bottom line: drinking ahead of thirst General public—Drinking ahead of thirst may worsen performance in endurance exercise and carries a rare but serious risk of hyponatraemia. The body’s internal mechanism for staying ...


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Words are just that – words. They have no power whatsoever and the laws of physics do not distinguish between "good" words and "bad" words. You speak English, which happens to be one of many thousands of languages that have developed over the centuries. There is no general rule that allows you to categorise "good" words and "bad" words. In some languages ...


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This is a response to your third question. Gee, I was only allowed to post 2 hyperlinks, so sorry about the lack of references. Let's first start with body pH. Body pH can be measured by measuring blood pH or other body fluid pH. Some proponents of acid-alkaline theory propose measuring urine pH. This is however misleading, because urine is just a ...


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I'm going to assume a quarter pound (113 g) burger with no cheese or other added feature. This being the case the bread can be neglected as the water-cost of beef is going to dominate. I'm also assuming that the unit of volume being used is the American gallon and not the imperial gallon. The answer is definitely going to depend upon how you raise the ...


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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-feet [99 km³] of water per year. Of those, 23 million [28 km³] are stuck in wild rivers (the hydrological phenomenon, not the theme park). These aren’t dammed and ...


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As for claim, that "98% of Europe banned water fluoridation". Without going much into detail: population of European Union is 503 million; according to claim's source, following EU countries have at least one active fluoridation program: UK (62mln, 11% using fluoridated water) Spain (47mln, 11% using fluoridated water) Poland (39mln, 1% using fluoridated ...


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This is not true, not in any meaningful sense. First of all, non-distilled water has extremely widely varying levels of various minerals; for example among U.S. cities magnesium concentration varies by 300-fold (and other minerals also vary widely). Since leeching is proportional to concentration difference, the difference between zero and a tiny trace is ...


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This incident did happen. The Kenyan newspaper The People has an article on the incident here. The website for the Zheng-Kai marathon also confirms most of the story. The results of the 2010 race show that Jacquline Nyetipei finished 2nd. The time for the split shows the first 5 women together. This suggests that she did indeed have a good chance of ...


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I am addressing the cited claim (not the different form stated at the top of the question) Do not mix raw and boiled water! Grandma was right. Just why mixing of boiled and raw water leads to a rapid emptying of the bowel, the science cannot explain yet. But the fact is obvious. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend that water be raised to a ...


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Yes, but not for any reason related to nutrition or ease-of-boiling. Older home plumbing systems may use lead solder, and lead is a neurotoxin which is particularly harmful to children. Hot water dissolves lead more readily and stays in your home's plumbing system far longer, so it may end up with much more dissolved lead than cold water. The EPA states: ...


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Yes, it is to a large extent. This paper by Lian et al. explores the formation of volatile chlorinated compounds that are formed from reactions with organic nitrogen compounds, such as urea, amino acids, uric acid and creatinine. The authors exposed both dilute solutions of uric acid and bodily fluid analogs (mixtures of compounds intended to mimic the ...


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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 gallon a day, then 500 of them would be able to extract 500. What about the "few cents" part? That falls into the "technically true" category. However, there are a ...


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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 are on sale now, arguably in less attractive form factor for house hold appliances (aesthetics feelings may vary): These products do create a vortex. But ...


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According to this German web page, scientists from the Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen have investigated this in 2006. It is reported that they compared three cleaning methods: rubbing with a microfiber cloth, using some fruit wash, and using just cold water. All three apparently had about the same efficacy, and could only remove about 2/3 of the pesticides ...


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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 cause them to appear as if they don't mix for a period of time, especially if there aren't strong currents. According to Ken Bruland, a professor of ocean ...


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Yes, what you see is real. However, as @Oddthinking points out, this happens because of the sync between the frequency of the camera and the frequency of the sound wave. If you make this experiment at your home without a camera that is shooting at the same frames per second (fps) rate as the frequency of the sound wave you'll not see the same effect with ...


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According to Wikipedia: Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Thus, if a watermelon or any water contains that bacterium, you will get cholera from consuming it. The combination does not matter. If you consume things that don't contain this bacterium, you will not get cholera, no matter which things or in ...


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"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 Nonsense") has a report on the magnetic laundry device. The two key points are that the patent has nothing to do with whether the device actually does anything ...


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My interpretation on this story is that it is simply a confusion of meaning. If you do not drink any water for a long period, you will get dehydrated.[Ref] Drinking water will help remedy that. [Ref] However, there are many causes of dehydration, including especially diarrhea, but also other causes such as vomiting, diabetes and burns. [Ref.] It is false ...


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It is unlikely that there are benefits for healthy individuals. On the one hand, the amount of water one should supposedly drink each morning in this therapy, would lead a person to nearly exceed their recommended daily intake, all in one go. On the other hand, the magical claims posited are already mostly shown to be myths. This article from The Guardian ...


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According to this report "fluoridation schemes operate in five countries in Europe -- in the UK, The Irish republic, Spain, Poland ans Serbia", for a total coverage of about 13,677,000 people (even in those countries only some parts are covered). Excluding Serbia and Poland that would be 13.397,000. According to Google Western Europe has a population of ...


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No. Water is cheap. In the UK 1 cubic meter of water (1000 litres) costs around £1.45. So even if you could save 20,000 litres of water by peeing in the shower that would only be £29, which at current exchange rates is about $50.


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