Alain
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Will a small cut heal faster when "aired" periodically, or should it always be bandaged?
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Presumably, you've been told to take the Band-Aid off periodically in order to give it air. In fact, this slows healing, so if you wish to have your cut heal as quickly as possible, keep it bandaged. ...

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Does planting during different lunar phases affect growth?
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Moon Planting philosophy is a Myth in that it does not work for the reason Lunar Planters think it does, but there are several reasons why people swear by it. How They Think It Works There are two ...

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Is homosexuality innate?
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To be clear, science has thus far failed to produce reproducible experimental evidence demonstrating a statistically significant genetic predisposition to any sexuality or a lack of one. There are ...

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Do mattresses double their weight after 10 years?
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This isn't meant to be a complete answer (at least not to my usual standards), but a very good treatment in Straight Dope is worth mentioning. This isn't an act of scientific research, so much as ...

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Can elephants jump?
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No, and I consider this 11 page publication to be the most authoritative assessment of the matter. It covers all the topics you've raised, as well as assessing whether it was possible that elephants ...

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Did Evan Longoria save a reporter with bare-hand catch?
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This article does a very good job of piling on the evidence for the video being fake: http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2011/may/24/evan-longoria/rays-3b-evan-longorias-spectacular-...

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Did most sex workers experience abuse as a child?
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I was able to find a reference for you: Studies have indicated that childhood abuse characteristics are associated with different sexual behavior outcomes for men and women. For example, Senn et al....

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Evidence for the absolute speed of light
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The expectation you're asking about is called Emission theory: obeying the usual laws of Newtonian mechanics, and we expect light to be moving towards us with a speed that is offset by the speed of ...

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Bumble bees shouldn't be able to fly?
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This article Bumblebees finally cleared for takeoff is a good summary of a Cornell physicist's research in the year 2000 mathematically demonstrating and simulating why bees and similar insects can ...

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Are certain days "better" than others to terminate employees?
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The most studied article I've seen on the matter comes from USC School of Library and Information Science: Termination 101 What Time Is Best? Many managers have preferences about when and how ...

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Does intermittent fasting improve immune function through autophagy?
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Autophagy improves overall health A mutitude of Google scholar results confirms that Autophagy (in simple terms, cellular self-digestion) has a myriad of health benefits. The best example is probably ...

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Is eating fish and drinking milk at the same time linked with skin disease?
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This myth appears to stem from The Talmud - a vast collection of Jewish laws and traditions. Although modern-day medicine and science may beg to differ, the sages of the Talmud were under the ...

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Does soursop cure cancer?
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Straight from the wikipedia article (emphasis my own): Research carried out in the Caribbean has suggested a connection between consumption of soursop and atypical forms of Parkinson's disease due to ...

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Can excessive intake of butter cause heart attacks at age 21?
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Check out "Blood cholesterol and vascular mortality by age, sex, and blood pressure: a meta-analysis of individual data from 61 prospective studies with 55 000 vascular deaths", from The ...

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Is wood harvested during a full moon ("moon wood") better for musical instruments?
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The suggestions that astrological alignment of the moon and constellations means anything, or that lunar gravity impacts moisture in soil or anything else, can be easily dismissed with grassroots ...

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