5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Newly surfaced Nazi files and a 'shrinking' mountain make the cut
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2013 6:16 AM CDT
Updated Sep 14, 2013 10:25 AM CDT
This 1938 file photo shows Adolf Hitler and Rudolf Hess in Berlin.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – This week, we got some Nazi mysteries resolved and learned that it will take a few less steps to climb the continent's highest peak:

  • Missing Nazi File Surfaces, Answers Questions: A dossier containing documents believed to have been drawn up by Nazi Germany's Deputy Fuehrer Rudolf Hess while in captivity in the UK has resurfaced at a Maryland auction house. The 300-page file helps settle some long-held mysteries, like why did Hess think it was a good idea to parachute into Scotland mid-war? Hint: He was trying to impress the boss.
  • Nation's Highest Peak Gets a Little Shorter: The tallest peak in North America is a smidge shorter than thought: Mount McKinley got a haircut of 83 feet, but the reason has nothing to do with shifting tectonic plates or climate change.
  • Scientists Record 800-Foot Undersea Wave: Amazing, terrifying, or some combination of both? Scientists have recorded an 800-foot wave breaking at the bottom of the ocean for the first time. Credit goes to a "bottleneck" in a South Pacific Ocean channel.
  • Aging Men Can Curse Estrogen, Too: It turns out both sexes have a reason to curse estrogen. This finding suggests that the hormone plays a much bigger role than thought in guys' ballooning waistlines and decreased sex drives.
  • Your Body Makes Its Own Mosquito Repellant: Bad news for bug spray is good news for just about everyone else: Scientists have discovered a mosquito repellent that makes humans pretty much invisible to the pesky blood suckers—and your body makes it on its own. The discovery has bigger potential implications than bug-free barbecues.
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