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Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky?

Snopes - October 13, 2017 - 9:00am
The background on why superstition holds that Friday the 13th is an especially unlucky day.
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Radiolab Podcasts - October 12, 2017 - 10:59pm

Today, while the divisions between different groups in this country feel more and more insurmountable, we zero in on a particular neighborhood to see if one man can draw people together in a potentially history-making election. 

Khader El-Yateem is a Palestinian American running for office in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, one of the most divided, and most conservative neighborhoods in New York City. To win, he'll need to convince a wildly diverse population that he can speak for all of them, and he'll need to pull one particular group of people, Arab American muslims, out of the shadows and into the political process. And to make things just a bit more interesting, El-Yateem is a Lutheran minister.

This story was reported and produced by Simon Adler, with help from Bethel Habte, Annie McEwen, and Sarah Qari.

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Categories: Science

New Research Suggests Massive Yellowstone Eruption Could Occur Sooner Than Expected?

Snopes - October 12, 2017 - 10:52pm
Research documenting chemical changes in the Yellowstone magma chamber prior to a past eruption does not affect an eruption's future probability.
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Does This Image Show a 1930s Housewife Forced into ‘Smile Therapy’?

Snopes - October 12, 2017 - 10:29pm
A creepy vintage image of dubious provenance purports to illustrate an outdated psychiatric treatment for unhappy housewives.
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Is Trump International Hotel Handing Out Anti-CNN Petitions?

Snopes - October 12, 2017 - 5:36pm
A woman posted an image of a petition that she says an anonymous individual gave her at the hotel bar, prompting a rumor that guests were receiving it upon check-in.
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Attempted Bomb Attack on a North Carolina Airport?

Snopes - October 12, 2017 - 3:37pm
A thwarted bombing at Asheville Regional Airport did not receive much attention or coverage in the national or international media.
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Canadian-American Family Freed by Taliban-Linked Group After Five Years in Captivity

Snopes - October 12, 2017 - 2:22pm
Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle had three children after being abducted in Afghanistan in 2012.
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Conspiracy Theories Spring Up, Spread in the Wake of Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Snopes - October 12, 2017 - 11:28am
Confusion in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting and the churning out of false information by untrustworthy web sites have resulted in yet another "truther" movement.
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Repealing Legislative Alchemy

Science-Based Medicine - October 12, 2017 - 1:00am
We need to repeal federal and state laws that allow quackery and pseudoscience in healthcare.
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Repealing Legislative Alchemy

Science-Based Medicine - October 12, 2017 - 1:00am
We need to repeal federal and state laws that allow quackery and pseudoscience in healthcare.
Categories: Science

Draft of New HHS Strategic Plan Says Life Begins ‘at Conception’

Snopes - October 11, 2017 - 6:16pm
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' proposed five-year strategic plan includes language stating that human life begins at the moment of conception.
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Top Washington Think Tank: Trump ‘Likely Obstructed Justice’

Snopes - October 11, 2017 - 5:44pm
The Brookings Institution says in a report that firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller would strengthen the evidence of improper conduct.
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Did Colin Kaepernick Say He Would Stand for the National Anthem If Signed by an NFL Team?

Snopes - October 11, 2017 - 3:51pm
News reports were based on false claims made by a CBS reporter, who has since resiled from them.
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Boy Scouts Announce Historic Decision to Allow Girls in Some Programs

Snopes - October 11, 2017 - 1:21pm
Girls will be allowed to join the Cub Scouts from 2018, and the organization will establish a new program for older girls.
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Are These Cars Narrowly Missing Each Other at a Busy Intersection?

Snopes - October 11, 2017 - 1:06pm
A video uses editing and 3D models to make it appear as if the cars routinely miss each other by inches.
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U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Misses Out on World Cup for First Time Since 1986

Snopes - October 11, 2017 - 12:32pm
The U.S. needed only a tie in their final game in order to qualify, but lost 2-1 to low-ranked Trinidad and Tobago.
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Hotel Questions Revised Timeline of Las Vegas Massacre

Snopes - October 11, 2017 - 10:51am
Police say a hotel security guard may have reported Stephen Paddock before he began his shooting rampage.
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Eminem Unleashes Lyrical Tirade Against Donald Trump in Awards Video

Snopes - October 11, 2017 - 10:26am
The White House has not yet responded to the hip hop star's high-profile freestyle rap at the BET Hop Hop Awards.
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Zombie Science

Science-Based Medicine - October 11, 2017 - 8:25am
Retractions of scientific studies do not always mean that the studies die a deserved death. Sometimes they live on as zombie studies, continuing to be cited by other researchers and having an effect on the scientific discussion. We can fix this.
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