Jonas
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Can mountains on Earth grow higher than 49,000 feet (15,000 m)?
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How exactly the different intrinsic and extrinsic factors interplay to shape real mountains is an active field of research. Thus, it's not possible to say exactly how high a mountain could become on ...

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Can you melt gold in a regular campfire?
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Gold melts at 1064 °C, however, in jewellery, gold is often alloyed with copper (wiki). Though copper melts at 1084 °C, the alloy has a lower melting point, as you can see from the phase diagram (note ...

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Do cars primarily built on a Monday or Friday have lower quality?
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While it's obvious, as @Adam Davis points out, that complex products, like cars, are not manufactured in a single day, it may still be of interest when critical parts of the car, such as safety belts, ...

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Is the U.S. 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures?
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TL;DR: The claim is true within reasonable rounding margin. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the US House of Representatives has the 69th-most women among all lower houses. In terms of ...

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Is Islam based on a moon worshiping cult?
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tl;dr Influenced by? Yes. Mainly/truly/only based on? Nope. Islam did not miraculously pop into existence (ok, to some extent it may have), but it was heavily influenced by pre-existing religions. ...

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Are evolutionary explanations "Just so stories"
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There's a claim that evolutionary explanations are nothin more then "just so stories", that is, for any trait we can find in nature, one could find a way to explain why it's adaptive. EDIT: That's ...

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Are human trials not necessary to determine the safety of genetically modified food?
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Summary The FDA requires toxicology and allergy tests for GM foods for human consumption before the product can be sold in the US (similar mechanisms are in place in the EU as well). If some of these ...

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Are "pox parties" safer than vaccines for children?
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Summary: Chickenpox as a disease results in 2 deaths per 100,000 cases, and about 2,000 per 100,000 cases of complications. Chickenpox vaccine results in ~0.15 deaths per 100,000 cases (most of which ...

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Is ALL CAPS hard to read?
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Mostly yes, but it depends. For fixed-message road signs, mixed-case outperforms upper-case, according to Garvey et al. (1997), Effects of font and capitalization on legibility of guide signs. ...

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Can young children safely eat cooked mushrooms?
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As stated in the OP, English-language food guides do not mention mushrooms as foods to avoid (example from the UK's NHS). This doesn't necessarily mean that mushrooms are good, since mushrooms may not ...

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Does too much study cause mental illness?
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Here's a list of things to do to manage stress: Decrease or Discontinue Caffeine Regular Exercise Relaxation/Meditation Sleep Time-outs and Leisure Realistic Expectations Reframing ...

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Has natural occuring genetic insertion ever been observed in direct offspring of some organism?
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tl;dr: There is evidence for not just mutations that allow organisms to do new things (which could be construed as microevolution), but for the appearance of completely new genes. Consequently, the ...

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Is human evolution slowing down?
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First, a few definitions. Evolution can be defined as the change in "allele frequencies" over time, where "allele frequency" can e.g. be "how often does mutation X occur in this population", or "what ...

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Do "naturally raised" animals contain less bacteria?
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First of all, bacteria-free doesn't really exist. For example it is estimated that a human contains about ten times as many bacterial cells as there are human cells. I'd be extremely surprised if that ...

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Have we observed evolution through natural selection in areas of high child/youth mortality?
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Have we seen it occurring in the last ~150, i.e. since the last time there were famines in e.g. Europe? No. 150 years are only six generations. You need to have sequenced a lot of genomes to see ...

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Does offshoring ultimately help the offshoring-country's poor and middle classes?
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Short answer: In the short to mid term, poor and middle class in the outsourcing country do poorly. Ultimately, there may be a sufficient gain for the overall economy that everybody wins, but if ...

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Do we need to clean our ears (remove earwax)?
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It is a good idea to remove earwax in order to protect your earphones or to not gross out other people. However, you only need to clean the ear for this, and not the ear canal, and you should ...

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