ESultanik
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Are some species of animals born pregnant?
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A good tool to use for this is Google Scholar. The first hit revealed this article which claims Most aphids are born pregnant and beget females without wastrel males. ... Embryos complete ...

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Is the Ballmer Peak real?
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This article by Norlander specifically studies the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption (1.0ml/kg body weight) and creativity. According to my very rough calculations, this would ...

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Can cell phones be turned on remotely for surveillance by the NSA?
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It is technically possible to set up this type of surveillance without raising alarms, and it has been reported by credible sources to have been used by both the FBI and foreign governments to surveil ...

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The candidate with the bigger campain budget is allways elected
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It depends what you mean by "campaign budget." If by that you mean how much a campaign spent, then no: The candidate who spent the most money (or for whom the most money was spent on their behalf) ...

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Did "Max the Hacker" manipulate autocues and traffic lights?
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As is evidenced by the comments and current lack of answers over on this similar question, videos like this are inherently hard to debunk because, while they may have been faked, the acts they portray ...

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Has a company fired its employees by deactivating their access badges?
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I could not find any evidence that this ever happened as you described it, and Snopes concurs. In fact, mass employee layoffs without advanced warning is (under almost all circumstances) illegal in ...

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Does one out of every hundred peanuts produced end up in Peanut M&Ms?
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The "1/100" claim appears to have originated directly from this press release from Mars, the manufacturer of M&Ms, which itself directly quotes Roy Benin, Chief Consumer Officer of Mars Chocolate ...

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Does eating sugar feed yeast in the gut?
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Auto-brewery syndrome is a well-known but rare condition in which yeast living in the digestive tract can consume carbohydrates (sugars) producing alcohol, causing the host to become drunk even though ...

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Are big ears a sign of intelligence?
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This isn't going to be a very satisfying answer because I don't think there have been any reuptable studies on the subject. Claims like this fall under the outdated (and largely debunked*) "...

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Does Audrey Tomason's apocalypse equation thesis exist?
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Theses and dissertations, by their nature, are intended to be publicly available documents. As such, all reputable universities of which I know require that theses be indexed in the school's library ...

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Does electromagnetic radiation from high energy power installations have negative effects on health?
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This recent EU-sponsored study on the epidemiological effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields suggests that there is a causal link between exposure to electromagnetic radiation from power lines ...

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Are women's orgasms more powerful than men's?
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Mah and Binik have an excellent survey paper on the research related to human orgasm. Section 1.3.2 is dedicated to comparing the experiences of male vs. female orgasms. While they report that most ...

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Do solar eclipses cause harm to pregnant women?
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I think Brian made a strong enough argument (albeit without references) that these superstitions are likely bogus, so I am going to focus on their origins. Edit (over a year after I first wrote this ...

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Does having late or heavy dinner make you fat?
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The majority of our food is actually digested during sleep, so the common argument that "eating late at night is bad because our metabolism [slows or shuts down] during sleep" is incorrect. With that ...

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Does grass alone produce enough oxygen for life?
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Here is a great article from the University of Michigan that covers some of the topics relevant to your question. The article deals with the Net Primary Production (NPP) of CO2 in the world related ...

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Were any women involved in the 2008 financial crisis?
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Marsha Evans was on the board of directors of Lehman Brothers from 2006 until its bankruptcy in 2008 at the start of the financial crisis.

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Are there better or worse days for ordering sushi as far as safety/fish quality?
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I believe this claim may have originated from (or at a minimum was perpetuated by) the book Kitchen Confidential. Therein, then New York chef Anthony Bourdain admitted that most fish suppliers in NYC ...

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Are there no two snow crystals alike?
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This is too long to fit in a comment on Oliver_C's answer, so it's getting its own answer. Let's assume Professor Libbrecht's analysis is correct and there are 10158 possible snowflake configurations....

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Are there any secret scientific researches?
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Yes. For example, many academic conferences that are sponsored by the US government have sessions for presenting classified (i.e., secret) research

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Are people who win the lottery more likely to go bankrupt?
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Just this month, Hankins, Hoekstra, and Skiba published a journal article on this subject: This paper examines whether giving large cash transfers to financially distressed people causes them to ...

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Is classical music good for a pregnant woman and her baby
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I'm adding this answer to address some of the comments on the other answers that were asking for studies based on small children and/or pregnant women. First of all, Dr. Rauscher's work on the Mozart ...

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Is it cheaper to eat fast food?
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First, I want to elaborate a bit on the economics behind some of this. As many people already mentioned, this is going to vary greatly from country to country. Why? Well, raw commodity prices are ...

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Is leaving your AC fan (blower) on 24/7 during summer more efficient than leaving it on auto?
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The answer seems to be "it depends". Given the commerciality and competitive nature of the HVAC industry, I had a lot of trouble finding peer reviewed academic studies that test your claims. ...

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Can people tell the difference between sea salt and table salt in food?
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Cooks Illustrated did a non-peer-reviewed blind taste test back in 2002 (available here, but it's behind a paywall). They compared nine different salts, including iodized table salt, non-iodized ...

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Are food deserts a real phenomenon?
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Nearly 13% of all households in Washington D.C. were struggling with hunger in 2007–2009. The district is divided into wards, much like townships. According to D.C. Hunger Solutions, Wards 7 and ...

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Can young children in the United States not identify common fruits and vegetables
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This isn't really an answer, but I thought it was interesting and it's too long to fit in a comment: (This is more of an answer now; see the edit at the bottom.) Oddthinking's answer inspired me to ...

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Is closed-source code more secure than open-source?
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Back in 2002, Payne conducted a study comparing three similar Unix-like operating systems, one of which was closed-source (Solaris) and two of which were open-source (Debian and OpenBSD) across a ...

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Is mathematical modelling of investment markets a "science"?
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A famous example of the efficacy (and also problems inherent in) mathematical modeling is the concept of Dynamic Hedging ← a transcript of an excellent documentary on the subject. The model ...

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Do peer-reviewed journals enhance the quality of scientific research?
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There has been a lot of work on this subject, most of which has even been peer reviewed! Even 30+ years ago, there were studies confirming confirmatory bias in peer review: ...we are left with ...

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Do toilets that require squatting reduce birth complications in women?
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This isn't intended to be a complete answer to your question, but my answer is a bit too long to fit into a comment, and I think this is so amusing (and informative) that it belongs here. I'll let ...

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