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Did a Harvard Study Prove That Apple Slows Down iPhones to Boost Sales of New Ones?

Snopes - 32 min 21 sec ago
No study, from Harvard or anyone else, "proved" that Apple deliberately makes its older iPhones slower when releasing new gadgets.
Categories: Skepticism

Pedophile’s Decapitated Corpse Found On Judge’s Doorstep After Bail Hearing?

Snopes - 1 hour 24 min ago
Rumors holding that a pedophile was decapitated in Texas originated on a disreputable web site.
Categories: Skepticism

Were UFOs Spotted Over Oklahoma City?

Snopes - 1 hour 36 min ago
Despite claims made in a viral video, purported unidentified flying objects are actually identifiable as United States Navy paratroopers over Salt Lake City, Utah.
Categories: Skepticism

Egg Balancing on the Equinox

Snopes - 4 hours 21 min ago
It is not true that a special property of the equinox allows eggs (or brooms) to be balanced on their ends that day.
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Aaron Hernandez Had Severe CTE; Daughter Sues NFL, Pats

Snopes - 5 hours 54 min ago
On 21 September 2017, researchers said Hernandez's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
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Kim Jong Un Says ‘Deranged’ Donald Trump Will ‘Pay Dearly’ for Threats

Snopes - 6 hours 12 min ago
Kim called Trump "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire" after the President's threat, earlier this week, to "destroy" North Korea.
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Uber to Lose its License to Operate in London

Snopes - 7 hours 19 min ago
Transport for London says it won't renew a license for Uber to operate in the British capital.
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Maximized Living: “5 Essentials” of Chiropractic Marketing Propaganda

Science-Based Medicine - 8 hours 27 min ago
What do vitalism, old school chiropractic subluxations, germ theory denial, detox supplements, marketing gimmicks, and practicing way beyond a reasonable scope have in common?
Categories: Science

Oliver Sipple

Radiolab Podcasts - 13 hours 54 min ago

One morning, Oliver Sipple went out for a walk. A couple hours later, to his own surprise, he saved the life of the President of the United States. But in the days that followed, Sipple’s split-second act of heroism turned into a rationale for making his personal life into political opportunity. What happens next makes us wonder what a moment, or a movement, or a whole society can demand of one person. And how much is too much? 

Through newly unearthed archival tape, we hear Sipple himself grapple with some of the most vexing topics of his day and ours - privacy, identity, the freedom of the press - not to mention the bonds of family and friendship. 

Reported by Latif Nasser and Tracie Hunte. Produced by Matt Kielty, Annie McEwen, Latif Nasser and Tracie Hunte.

Special thanks to Jerry Pritikin, Michael Yamashita, Stan Smith, Duffy Jennings; Ann Dolan, Megan Filly and Ginale Harris at the Superior Court of San Francisco; Leah Gracik, Karyn Hunt, Jesse Hamlin, The San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive, Mike Amico, Jennifer Vanasco and Joey Plaster.

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Categories: Science

Are Radioactive ‘Diamond Batteries’ a Real Thing?

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 10:04pm
While the science underpinning the concept is valid, its application remains wholly theoretical at this point.
Categories: Skepticism

Raw Sewage Still Poses Threat in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 9:41pm
Residents of Everglades City, Florida remain on notice to boil drinking water due to fecal contamination of Irma floodwaters.
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Mexico’s Massive Earthquake: Rumors and Misinformation

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 9:08pm
We examine various claims that have surfaced after the 19 September 2017 earthquake.
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Trolls, Bots, ‘Useful Idiots’ Attack New Committee Aimed at Exposing Russian Propaganda Campaigns

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 6:02pm
The newly-formed Committee to Investigate Russia quickly came under the exact type of propaganda attack it is trying to expose.
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Did the Red Cross Steal Donations in Texas, Empowered by an Obama-Era Executive Order?

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 5:16pm
A viral Facebook video contains false and unproven claims about the humanitarian organization's actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
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Federal Employees Ordered to Attend Anti-Leaking Classes

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 4:42pm
Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory sessions to reinforce compliance with laws and rules against leaking information.
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Did Ashley Judd Say She Wanted to Live in the Middle East ‘Where Women Have More Rights’?

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 4:42pm
Rumors that the actress had announced that she wanted to move were based on the misinterpretation of an old tweet by sites not overly concerned with credibility.
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Were Houston Residents Warned to Use Gas Masks During Mosquito Spraying?

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 2:08pm
A warning video about the use of the insecticide naled in parts of Texas gets some facts wrong and greatly exaggerates the risk to the public.
Categories: Skepticism

Tiger Nurses Piglets?

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 1:54pm
Photographs claiming to show a mother tiger at a California zoo who nursed a group of piglets after her own cubs died are mislabeled.
Categories: Skepticism

Iowa to Discontinue Soda and Candy for EBT Recipients on 1 October 2017?

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 11:49am
A Facebook prank site published a hoax report that soda and candy would no longer be eligible for electronic benefits transfer purchases.
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Manafort Offered to Brief Wealthy Russian During Campaign

Snopes - September 21, 2017 - 10:26am
Paul Manafort said during the election that he was willing to provide “private briefings” for a Russian billionaire considered close to Vladimir Putin.
Categories: Skepticism