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Science mag: Breakthrough of the year

No prizes for guessing the top entry, it’s proof for Poincar√© Conjecture.¬† The runners-up are thus more interesting. Original link via BBC.

Breakthrough of the year: The Runners-up

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Prayers may be bad for health

Seeking to assess the effect of third-party prayer on patient outcomes, investigators found no evidence for divine intervention. They did, however, detect a possible proof for the power of negative thinking. Patients who were prayed for and knew it experienced a higher rate of postsurgical heart arrhythmias (59 versus 52 percent of unaware subjects).

American Heart Journal Article

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Be laid back at work: Literally

Against popular belief, sitting straight may not always be the best choice. A BBC article states that Scottish and Canadian researchers used a new form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show this. Instead they said that the best position in which to sit at your desk is leaning slightly back, at about 135 degrees.

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