5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

We found the oldest galaxy yet, along with gold in them thar trees
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2013 5:31 AM CDT
Updated Oct 26, 2013 1:15 PM CDT
5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week
File photo from the Hubble telescope.   (AP Photo/NASA)

This week's discoveries ranged from a milestone in deep space to a head-scratcher about trees with gold in their leaves:

  • Newly Found Galaxy Is Oldest Yet: Residents of the Milky Way, meet z8_GND_5296. That's the not-so-great name of a newly discovered galaxy that just happens to be the most distant—and thus oldest—ever spotted. The Big Bang might give up its secrets yet.
  • Scientists Find Gold in Eucalyptus Trees: Money may not grow on trees, but gold might grow in them. Such is the fascinating conclusion of a group of Australian researchers who studied eucalyptus trees in two groves in the country's west and south. Gold diggers might do well to pay attention.
  • Rare Viking 'Thing' Found in Scotland: Archaeologists have uncovered another parking lot find, only this time it's in Scotland, and what they discovered is best described as a "Thing." Yep, that's the technical term for a Viking parliamentary gathering site, one of which has been unearthed in the town of Dingwall.
  • Big Find in Peru's Capital: Mummies: A site in Lima, Peru, that archaeologists have been excavating since 1981 has given up quite the find: an undisturbed tomb that's at least 1,000 years old—with two mummies inside. It looks like one was a master weaver.
  • Simon & Garfunkel Tune May Ease Chronic Pain: Walk into select Lloyds Pharmacy locations in the UK complaining of a headache, and you may be more likely to walk out with a Simon & Garfunkel CD than a bottle of painkillers. The chain commissioned a study that found 41% of people suffering persistent pain felt better after listening to music, and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was one of the better performers. Fleetwood Mac made the cut, too, though.
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