Carbon Dioxide is critical for plants. It’s a key part of photosynthesis, the process by which plants turn CO2, water and sunlight into the sugars they need to grow – and the oxygen life on Earth needs to survive. But narratives that the elevated l
An old video from a 2014 explosion in Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine, has been falsely shared as a recent explosion in Severodonetsk, Ukraine.
Do plants produce oils that provide effective natural sun protection and do sunscreens cause cancer? No, neither is true: "There is no evidence that they afford even close to adequate protection," board-certified dermatologist Julie K. Ka
On June 16 2022, an Imgur user shared a photograph of three young girls, purportedly child workers who labored shucking oysters; the same image was colorized and shared in May 2021 to Reddit’s r/TheWayWeWere: Coloured by me, 3 girls wh
Did nearly 100 food processing plants mysteriously explode in 2022? Did 10,000 cattle in Kansas die mysteriously too? No, neither of those claims are true: Lead Stories determined the food processing explosions claim was false -- because
REVIEW One in ten Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes. If left unchecked, diabetes can have dire consequences, such as damage to organs, nerves and arteries, or amputation. Diabetes is also among the top ten causes of mortality in the U.S. in 2020
The Home Depot stopped selling most live goods treated with neonics in 2019. Old pictures of their plant labels have been used to claim otherwise.
A June 4 2022 tweet about the latest in a purported string of food processing plant fires (or “food factory” fires) built on other, similar narratives in order to go viral: The tweet addressed others who might be “not paying attention
Japan’s nuclear regulator approved plans by the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant to release its treated radioactive wastewater into the sea next year.
For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by NASA’s Apollo astronauts.
A doctored picture of cows laying eggs is being used to claim that China is boosting egg production by transplanting chicken organs in cows.
Some 2,000 Ukrainian fighters, by Russia’s most recent estimate, are holed up in a vast maze of tunnels and bunkers beneath Azovstal steelworks.
Do separate claims -- that farmers were paid to destroy crops and livestock, and that numerous incidents of food processing plants burning in recent months have been intentional and coordinated -- combine to show proof of a plan to disrup
Quick Take Data on the number fires at food-processing plants in 2022 “does not signal anything out of the ordinary,” according to the National Fire Protection Association. Despite no evidence of foul play, unfounded rumors from conservativ
There is no evidence that any food processing plant fires in the U.S. were planned or that these fires have resulted in a food shortage problem.
Did American food processing facilities mysteriously and suspiciously begin to catch fire after President Joe Biden predicted that there could be real food shortages due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine? No, that's not true: Several inc
Fires at food processing plants are an “attempt to starve us.”
The real trend here is an uptick in fear-mongering over food-supply shortages.
David Bennett, 57, died at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Some images illustrating Facebook posts about the takeovers of Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia show explosions, mushroom clouds, mortars, and dead soldiers. eThe takeovers are disturbing, but those photos are misleading.
No radiation was released from a Russian attack at Europe's biggest nuclear power plant in Ukraine and firefighters have extinguished a blaze at the facility.
Plant spokesman Andriy Tuz told Ukrainian television that Russian shells were falling directly on the Zaporizhzhia plant.
The Luhansk power plant was damaged during two days of shelling. However, this video shows an explosion in China.
REVIEW The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has infected around 80 million people worldwide since the beginning of the HIV pandemic in the early 1980s. HIV infection results in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which has claimed the lives
Several readers asked us if the word — which is often used to describe something that's easy to do — had racist connotations.
Did the Canadian government leave a dumpster full of rocks in downtown Ottawa to provoke violence during the "Freedom Convoy" protests? No, that's not true: The owner of the company that owns the dumpster confirmed with Lead Stories that
The protest by people mostly in pickup trucks entered its third day at the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
The ethics of organ donation and transplantation should be approached with care, and attention to detail.
A Swedish company has created scannable digital implants that act as vaccine passports.
A Maryland hospital said that he's doing well three days after the highly experimental surgery.
NASA study says snake plants can produce enough oxygen for humans to live in a sealed room.
Turns out, there are 1,300 species of this evergreen plant worldwide.
The Great Green Wall is an ambitious effort to tackle climate change.
A picture shared on Facebook claims to show a tiny chip, invented by Hitachi which has GPS capabilities and can be absorbed through human skin after being sprayed onto people, ingested through food or drink, or injected. A Google reverse image se
The bloom of a giant and stinky Sumatran flower nicknamed the “corpse plant” because it smells like a dead body is drawing huge crowds to a Southern California botanical garden.
Do COVID-19 vaccines approved in the United States contain hydrogel nanobots that multiply, rewrite human genetics and erase and plant memories in human brains? No, that's not true nor even possible in 2021. No private or academic lab has
A viral image circulating on social media baselessly claimed that former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who turned over troves of internal company documents to the Wall Street Journal, was not a real whistleblower, but a plant set up by Facebook i
It wasn't immediately clear how much the supply of Frosted Flakes or any of the company's other iconic brands would be disrupted.
Plants, as far as we know, don't produce orchestral instrument sounds.
Computer-generated imagery created by graphic artist Luke Penry has been shared with a false narrative.